Rap music was playing over the speakers, and the zamboni was circling the ice. It was time for Hodag hockey at the Rhinelander Ice Arena. For the players, it was the beginning of Thanksgiving break, for the coaches, it was a chance to pull to an early lead.
Sadly the coaches will have to wait. After a 2-2 tie at the end of 3 periods, the game was sent into overtime, and ended 2-2 giving both teams a tie on their first games of the season.
When it came time for the National Anthem, there were some technical difficulties. The Anthem had issues playing, and then stopped playing altogether. Then, the students from Rhinelander High School, who braved the elements to come support their team, began singing the anthem.
When the song actually began to play, the students continued singing, and arena staff decided to let them finish. Many members of the community and other team joined in. The makeshift choir finished to a standing ovation all around, from the stands, to the benches, to the press box.