Cyclones hockey game #11.

No foolin’ around. Today was our 11th Cyclones hockey game of the season. And it was also the final home game for the Cyclones 2016-17 regular season…

It was fan appreciation weekend and that meant there was a really big crowd on hand for today’s game, almost 8,600. Even the upper bowl of US Bank Arena was open…

LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!

At the end of the first period, the Cyclones were leading 2-0 over the Toledo Walleye…

❤❤❤During today’s hockey game, we were on Kiss Cam at US Bank Arena!❤❤❤

And the end of the second period, the game was all knotted at two…

In between the second and third periods, there was Full Throttle go-kart racing on the ice of US Bank Arena…

The Cyclones jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the third period…

Make that 5-2!

Now they just had to hang in there for a little over three minutes…

Because with the win, their five goals tonight would mean free pizza for everybody!

AND THE CYCLONES WON 5-3!!! FREE PIZZA!!!

We stuck around for a post-game warmup jersey auction but the prices were insane…

What a great note to end the Cyclones regular season on at US Bank Arena; getting the big 5-3 win, and getting everyone free pizza to boot. It was our second game of the season where the Cyclones were able to get us free pizzas. And that’s two more free pizzas than we got from the 15 Reds games we went to all of last baseball season.

The Cyclones still have a pretty good chance of making the ECHL playoffs. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get to see our Cyclones a couple more times yet this season. But if not, it was another great season of Cyclones hockey, and we definitely look forward to seeing them play again in October.

GO CYCLONES! 🙂

An afternoon in The Banks.

Back when we were in the Dominican Republic, we had tickets to a Cyclones hockey game that we obviously couldn’t use. We swapped those tickets for tonight’s Cyclones regular season home finale. We decided to make an afternoon of it and rode our beloved 17 bus into downtown to have a little fun before the hockey game…

We walked down to The Banks to check out some of the new places that have opened…

We went to check out latest new downtown burger joint called Burgerfi

We streamed the FC Cincinnati match away to Pittsburgh while we were waiting for our order to be ready. We each ordered a Burgerfi Cheeseburger and shared a Cry+Fry…

Look at the size of those gorgeous onion rings…

They’re practically the same size as the burgers…

Those are some pretty awesome burgers!

Burgerfi really kinda reminded me a lot of In-N-Out Burger with their really, REALLY awesome burgers. I can see taking many walks down to The Banks for a burger for lunch during the work week. Really great stuff! After we were all done with our burgers, we went two doors down to check out the latest bar from 4EG called The Stretch

The Stretch has cocktails on tap…

But they had Urban Artifact‘s Sliderule on tap. So we had a couple while we watched the first half of the South Carolina-Gonzaga game. And we streamed the second half of the FC Cincy match. They notched their first win of the season 1-0 over Pittsburgh.  Hopefully, the Reds can get their first win in a couple days as well…

These are a couple of really fun new places in The Banks. We wished we could have paid a visit to the new Pies & Pints in The Banks as well. Next time. It was a really fun pregame afternoon that we look forward to repeating next hockey season. 🙂