ATLANTA -- The snow storm that caused a traffic nightmare in Atlanta also created a rare opportunity for the Georgia Tech hockey team.
On Wednesday, a handful of players grabbed their skates, sticks and pucks and gathered at the Kessler Campanile, where a fountain surrounding the campus bell tower was frozen solid.
"It was a snow day at Tech, so admittedly we weren't doing much," said C.J. Layer, a senior from Illinois majoring in materials science and engineering. "We got there and tested the ice, threw on the skates and started passing a puck around and doing some stick and puck tricks."
The surface wasn't smooth enough or big enough for a game, but the players knew it was the closest thing to pond hockey that they'll see in the South.
"The ice wasn't very good compared to an ice hockey rink, but it was still really fun and exhilarating because of the location," Layer said.
This is the team's 40th anniversary season. They'll face off against the University of Georgia Ice Dogs at the Ice in Cumming at 6:30 on Saturday.