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Ice buildup on antenna freezes third-period TV broadcast of Maine-UNH hockey game

Courtesy of Kate Collins
Courtesy of Kate Collins
Michael Palmer
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

The accumulation of ice on an uplink antenna located outside Alfond Arena in Orono resulted in viewers being unable to see the conclusion of the University of Maine-University of New Hampshire hockey game on Saturday night.

The broadcast on WFVX Fox 22 went off the air in the third period.

Maine rallied for three third-period goals to erase a 2-1 deficit and beat UNH 4-2.

“I feel awful about it. Nobody on the planet felt worse about it than I did,” said Mike Palmer, general manager of Bangor TV stations WVII-ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22. “I had never seen this happen before.

“The ice prevented the picture from reaching the satellite so it never came from the satellite to us,” explained Palmer. “And the sky was full of sleet and ice.

“There was nothing we could do about it. It is what it is,” added Palmer.

Palmer said he is hoping to rebroadcast the game in its entirety this weekend.

“But I can’t make any promises right now,” he said.

It was the sixth game aired by the network this season, and Maine has won all six games.

The seventh and final televised game will be UMaine vs. Merrimack on Friday, Feb. 14. It will air on WVII.

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