The ice crew is in full scramble mode. About 10 minutes ago — it’s 6:15 — they just put up the protective netting behind the glass. They’re just now putting up the protective cover over the runway that the T-Devils come out of.
The zamboni is resurfacing the ice now. The ice is still very dirty, and…see that line that goes from the zamboni gate to the faceoff circle in my photos? That actually appears to be a deep cut in the ice. Warmups are supposed to start in 10 minutes. No way.
6:25 PM — Wow. The T-Devils are warming up. The net isn’t even ready…they’re still drilling holes on the other side of the ice for Johnstown’s net. The players don’t seem to know what to do.
I’m told the gates still are not open.
6:45 PM — The gates were eventually opened, of course…Johnstown didn’t come out for warmups until about five minutes after Trenton did. The clock was stopped until they came out. Ice still looks awful.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com