TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Pucks flying, bodies crunching and horns sounding -- there's no classroom quite like the Huntington Center. Thousands of students packed the place to watch the Toledo Walleye take on the Wheeling Nailers in a rare morning game.
"Our School Education Days really focus on the educators, and those who are getting educated -- in a fun environment, but to learn also," community relations manager Rob Wiercinski said.
The Walleye and the University of Toledo developed a hockey-based curriculum to teach subjects like the physics of a slapshot, or friction on ice. Front-office staff also talked with students before the game, about what it takes to run the organization day in and day out.
"We went to the Career Day that they had before this, so the kids learned about some of the things involved with professional sports," Molly Lofton, from Tiffin City Schools, said. "They get to see the hockey game, plus STEM activities that will happen throughout the day."
For many students in attendance, it was their first taste of T-Town hockey -- and with a 2-goal comeback capped off by Tyler Spezia in overtime, the Walleye did not disappoint.
The most memorable non-hockey moment happened between periods, when Imagination Station offering an explosive demonstration at center ice -- though a rousing rendition of SpongeBob Squarepants in the 1st period may have taken the prize for some fans.
"This day is about celebrating the fact we have a lot of great educators in this area, who really try and get the kids to lift up, and have fun in the process," Wiercinski said. "You can learn while you have fun, and that's what this day is about."
You'll see more school buses parked at the corner of Huron and Jefferson soon enough. The next School Education Day game is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th.