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Varsity - March 7, 2013

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LUCAS AT LARGE M I K E LUCA S • UWB A DGERS.C OM Wild nights were a staple at Coliseum I n light of this weekend's UW men's hockey series at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, it's only fitting to revisit some of the sights, sounds and squirts over the 30-plus seasons that the Badgers played their home games at the Alliant Energy Center venue previously known as the Dane County Coliseum. There was the sight of diminutive Michigan goaltender Robbie Moore sitting atop the cage during stoppages in play. Moore was an acrobatic, 5-foot-5, 150-pound showman, a fan's favorite. Moore wound up playing his last season as a pro with the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL. There was the sight of dastardly Minnesota defenseman Billy But- 18 » VARSITY MAR CH 7, 2013 ters raking his stick across the Plexiglass next to the visitor's bench; stirring up even more hatred out of the self-proclaimed "Mad Dogs'' who inhabited the CC-2 section. Butters, most recently a UW assistant, was never a favorite. There was the sight of Butters' teammate, Mike Polich, stopping in front of the UW bench (Polich had Bugs Bunny ears) and poking his stick at a few players in the front row, including Dean Talafous. During the ensuing melee, Polich had his jersey pulled off. He left the ice without it. There was the sight of Norm Cherrey scoring four goals against Minnesota-Duluth ― three of them shorthanded. And there was the sound of Bob Johnson afterward. "The crowd got Norm going,'' he said. "When he's out there killing a penalty, he can open up a throttle and fly after the puck.'' There was the sound of the late Phil Mendel, the longtime public address announcer at the Coliseum, and his warm greeting ― "Good evening, hockey fans'' ― before the opening faceoff. Once play began, there was the sound of Martha's cowbell; Martha was the wife of the legendary Badger Bob. There was also the sound of whistles; over 8,000 whistleblowers, serenading Michigan State coach Amo Bessone, who signaled line changes by whistling. Bessone referred to the Sieve-chanting, rubber-chicken-on-a-stick-waving fans as "Banshees." Sports Illustrat-

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