Harvard players now out to push the Zamboni off the ice. Can't even make this stuff up. pic.twitter.com/vnS5dw93EF— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) February 8, 2014
A Zamboni driver's worst nightmare is getting on the ice before or during the intermission for a game and making a few passes, only to have the big machine break down in the middle of the ice. That's exactly what happened at Harvard Friday night ahead of a big ECAC conference game between the Crimson and Dartmouth.
Dartmouth's men's hockey SID, Pat Salvas, who runs the team's colorful Twitter account documented the whole ordeal, rather comically, I might add.
Having the Zamboni breakdown and drop snow in the area of the net we have to defend twice? Bold strategy, Harvard. pic.twitter.com/0CvvCO5WaI— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) February 7, 2014
Last year's game was postponed due to snow. Could we have a similar fate this year?! pic.twitter.com/wP3FQrS6hg— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) February 8, 2014
Everyone grab a shovel and someone work the hose. Boom! Solved the problem, pond hockey style! #ZamboniProblems— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) February 8, 2014
When the staff couldn't move the vehicle from the ice, the Crimson had to come out and help push, as you can see in the picture above. Not exactly the type of thing most coaches want their players doing before a big game.
Among those pushing the Zamboni is Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey, the team's leading scorer.
Great. It's off the ice. I hate to be that guy, though, but you missed a spot. pic.twitter.com/X6Gz627B93— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) February 8, 2014
The Zamboni lived to fight another day, thankfully.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!? YES!!! pic.twitter.com/A83mub9iMN— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) February 8, 2014
The game was delayed nearly two hours, but apparently the ol' Zamboni breaking down strategy paid off. Harvard won 3-0.