The St. Cloud State men’s hockey team is in a county jail, but as it turns out, killing the competition isn’t a crime in college hockey.
So why is the top-ranked team in the country locked down?
During their travels back from Omaha, Nebraska, the team bus got stuck in a snow drift in Watonwan County in southern Minnesota.
“Stuck between 2 huge drifts. Rations & fuel running low, toilet is filling up,” tweeted assistant coach Mike Gibbons, later adding that 911 dispatch told them that “it’s gonna take awhile.”
Eventually, a plow came through and helped clear a path for them to be led back to the Watonwan County Jail in St. James, being guided by the sheriff.
Pretty much all of southern Minnesota was under a no travel advisory with dozens of roads closed due to high winds causing significant blowing and drifting. Instead of continuing on back to St. Cloud, the team was fed a meal at the jail, where it appears they’ll be spending the night until travel conditions improve.
The Huskies captured the Penrose Cup – the NCHC regular season championship – in their 5-0 victory over the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
It’s very likely they’ll have a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament next month.