You need two things to really be called a “rivalry”: First, geographic placement. Two teams that are close in distance means fans can travel to either city to cheer on their squad; second, trading off wins and losses to each other. A real honest-to-goodness rivalry must have this component. One team can win here or there, but could also lose in either barn.
Then there is the physicality between two teams- the way they play each other; everything from going into the corners a hundred miles an hour at each other to gain possession of the puck, open Ice hits right down to flow, game-planning and execution.
And of course, the fans are a key component. Loud, rowdy fans will travel to either city just to “chirp” and “get in the heads” of the home team rival.
Coach Jonasson once said of this rivalry earlier this year that “it’s not hard getting up for these games [against Great Falls]. These are two tough teams that always seem to battle it out.”
This Saturday night at the Helena Ice Arena, these two teams will clash for the last time before the post season. While it is still unclear as to how the playoffs will shake out for these two, it’s very clear that this game has an awful lot on the line.
The first 500 fans through the door will receive a FREE PAIR of Bighorns Thunderstix; Liberty Place Inc will be in-house to drop our Ceremonial First Puck; there are raffle prizes up for grabs, like cash, gift cards and even an Alaskan Fishing Experience.
You know Great Falls is bringing their troops; let’s pack the house with Bighorns fans and drown them out!
Sponsors, players and coaches, staff and volunteers, FANS- together-UNITED: #WeAreBIGHORNS!