ORONO, Maine — The start of the University of Maine-University of Minnesota-Duluth hockey game at Alfond Arena on Friday night was delayed by a power outage in the Orono-Old Town area.
According to a University of Maine police spokesman, the cause was a downed power line. The power went out at approximately 5:15 p.m.
The game was supposed to start at 7 p.m. but power wasn’t restored until 7:34. There was a 10-minute holding pattern to make sure the power stayed on.
There was a 45-minute warm-up so the game wasn’t scheduled to start until approximately 8:30 p.m..
Due to Alfond Arena protocol, fans are not allowed into the building until 10 minutes after power is restored. The University of Maine pep band went outside and played for the fans during their wait.
The traffic lights near McDonald’s on College Avenue were out, which caused considerable congestion, as fans tried to head down College Avenue to Alfond Arena.
There were lights on in the arena during the outage thanks to a generator.
Minnesota-Duluth players kicked a soccer ball around in the mezzanine near the old basketball locker rooms during the delay and let out a collective shout of joy when the power came back on.