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NOW Combine: Tuesday recap

By YHH Staff , 06/28/22, 8:00PM CDT

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Tuesday brings boundless energy to an ice-less 3M Arena at Mariucci.

A concrete slab of dreams


Who ever said you couldn't run on an arena concourse?

The University of Minnesota men’s hockey program motto is “Pride on Ice,” but on Tuesday, the famed 3M Arena at Mariucci was better to use as a concrete slab. 

To the untrained eye, having the ice out at Dinkytown’s hockey castle may look like a gray canvas speckled with maroon carpet strips. But decorated with a little yellow rope and some black tape, the manicured cement provided a dodgeball court, Spike-Ball arena, and kickball field. 

NOW Combine participants spent more time away from the ice on Tuesday, hopefully enjoying the simplicity of games that don’t require skates, sticks, or a bucket of pucks. 

Gold-medalist Kelly Pannek dropped by with some words of wisdom for the Combiners, and her medals from Pyeongchang (gold, 2018) and Beijing (silver, 2022) served as a testament to her hard work and dedication to the game. 

Wednesday promises more activity and energy, plus temperatures reaching into the 90s, which sounds just about perfect for four sessions of Ultimate Football (always a crowd favorite) at Huntington Bank Stadium. 


Cal Scott, White

NOW Combine Standings

NOW Combine Scoring Leaders (Boys)


Caden Masada leads all boys skaters with seven total points.

NOW Combine Scoring Leaders (Girls)


Grey's Julia Gerdes ranks among the Combine leaders in scoring after two days of mini-games.


Talia Vescio, Gold

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