Aside from some natural hockey sounds, you could hear a pin drop in Bojangles’ Coliseum on Wednesday.
That’s because the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes affiliate) hosted the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) in a game that featured absolutely no fans. Roughly 6 inches of snow dumped on the Charlotte, N.C., area, forcing the Checkers to bar fans from entering their facility.
But as you’ll see in the video below, the fan-less game actually was a sight to behold.
Despite the bizarre environment, the Checkers were focused on one thing: winning.
“It was a little different, but give (Bridgeport) credit, because they came out flying and outshot us 14-4 in the first period,” Checkers coach Mike Vellucci said after his team’s 4-3 win, via ESPN. “The game was so important that it doesn’t matter how many people (are) in the stands, and I think it just took us a while to realize that the game was that important.”
For the record, here’s what a Checkers home game looks like with a packed crowd:
Thumbnail photo via Twitter/Charlotte Checkers