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AUSTIN EDITION Austin hockey game called

Broken compressor leaves Packer boys depressed

A broken compressor at Riverside Arena caused the cancellation of Saturday's scheduled boys hockey game between St. Cloud Cathedral and Austin.

Although all of the Friday sports action in Austin was called off due to the snowstorm, the Cathedral boys left St. Cloud before the weather hit. Cathedral did play a game in Rochester on Friday night and was set to play the Packers on Saturday night.

"They played most of the junior varsity game and then we noticed there was a problem with the ice," Austin coach Troy Holtz said. "The water never froze properly after the third period of the JV game and we couldn't get the varsity game in."

Riverside Arena workers did get the malfunctioning compressor running again for the ice to refreeze, but then it completely died. It turned out that a cooling tower outside the arena had frozen up and there would be no further action on Saturday.

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The Austin boys couldn't move across the street to the Packer Arena, because there was a youth tournament being played at the same time. The game with St. Cloud Cathedral won't be made up. Austin will play Friday's scheduled game at New Ulm on Feb. 7.

"We conquered the weather and then our arena didn't hold up," a disappointed Holtz said. "It's a bummer because we didn't get to play at all last week. Now, we also lost a game off our schedule."

After a 10-day hiatus, the Austin boys return to action on Tuesday night at home against Waseca at Riverside Arena.

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