So is there like an actual town or any other sign of civilization up there or what?
So is there like an actual town or any other sign of civilization up there or what?
I'm pretty excited for this game. All year I've suspected Clarkson is probably the second best team in the country. Both BC and Clarkson are coming off rather disappointing losses in the conference final and will be looking to atone, so I expect both to bring their best games.
BC is definitely the underdog, but if they can get their offense cranking at the level we've seen it hit from time to time they have a very good chance of coming out with a win.
As for the travel aspect... yes, I'm oddly looking forward to this journey and would love to know if anyone has a suggestion on where to go for lunch or dinner either before or after the game. From my cursory Wikipedia and TripAdvisor search I've determined that Potsdam has a pretty beautiful-looking "village" downtown, and is famous for its sandstone. Beyond that, I haven't found much. Ideas?
Regarding Potsdam... there is very little there. Get in and get out is my best recommendation. I guess I would recommend "Between the Buns" for gourmet burgers and beer (also have wings, other specialty sandwiches). A quieter choice is Mama Lucia's... Italian restaurant. Neither will blow you away, but probably best of the bunch.
Try this for options: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant..._New_York.html
Potsdam is fairly small, downtown close to the Campus.
I can give you a few ideas for Potsdam, though I'll admit my information is a bit dated. I haven't been up there in a year or so and when I go up, I usually stay at my fraternity house and bore the kids with stories from 20 years ago.
Eben's Hearth - a small American restaurant located on Route 11, directly opposite the University entrance. They have some pretty decent American fare and my parents always loved going there for breakfast. They have a bar with a "big beer" special on Saturdays, although the bar isn't the focus of their business. You can get just about anything there, it's decent and homemade.
Maxfields - an American restaurant/bar that is about as upscale as Potsdam gets but you can still walk in there in jeans. It's located near on Market Street in the Village. I'd say their food is a step below Eben's but a bit more expensive. They have a more expansive bar and if you visit later in the evening, it's going to be a bar only and no food. Given the 4pm start, it will probably still be a decent atmosphere after the game for a couple of hours.
McDuffs - if you're going for wings, this is the place to go, located on Market Street. They are a college bar all the way but, again, earlier in the day they have a restaurant atmosphere. Their food is cheaper and greasy but the wings are the best in town. I'm a little partial because I worked there as an undergrad and spent most of my disposable income there. If you're there after say 8pm, you're going to have a crowd of college drunks, so it won't be a place for the family.
The Cantina - pretty good Mexican fare for a place only a few miles from the Canadian border. They're tucked in the back of the Village near the Police Department. I'm not a big Mexican fan but they get pretty good reviews. Again, depending on the night, The Cantina tends to turn to more of a college type atmosphere as it gets later but the restaurant section is still good.
Between the Buns - I've never been to this place but they advertise all the time during Clarkson games. It's a fairly new place specializing in homemade American fare.
The Cheel Arena is part of the Cheel Campus Center which was the social hub of the University when it was built. If you're looking for a quick bite to eat, they have a "one step above fast food" dining area where you can get just about anything cafeteria style. Additionally, there is a bar in the Campus Center called Club 99 that has your basic beer and wine at excellent prices. One neat amenity that they have there is that they have a clock wired to the arena clock, so if you choose to step out of the arena for a brew between periods, you know exactly how much time you have to get back to your seat. Even at sold out games, I've been able to run out, have 2 beers, and return before the next period.
Cheel is a nice modern arena built which opened in 1991 (against BC, for you historians). It seats 3000 and there isn't a bad seat in the house. Assuming the game will have lots of empty seats, take a walk around the top of the arena between periods and you can see a lot of Clarkson hockey history, including some which crosses over with BC on the men's side. The atmosphere probably won't be too great, especially since the students will be on break. Coincidentally, it's a lot like the TD Center in Hamden, so you'll get a good feel for what the FF will be like the following weekend, at least from an arena perspective.
The Clarkson Inn is the "crown jewel" of lodging right in the village. It is run/owned by the school and it was built to mimic an old style city hotel. For my dollar, it costs way too much for someplace that I'm going to sleep and shower. If you're into economical and clean, I'd suggest Smallings Motel. It's located on Route 11, just west of the village. It's a typical motel with no amenities but it is clean, last time I stayed there it was only $60 a night, and the motel is owned by the Cheel Arena Director Scott Smalling. Some of the other motels are really, really, really, seedy (like the Northwood) and I'd avoid them at all costs unless you bring an exterminator with you.
The village itself is really a step back in time to a lot of the old mom-and-pop stores that were small town America before WalMart and box stores took over the planet. The townsfolk are friendly, even if they speak with a distinct Canadian accent. Although Potsdam itself is a bit of a cultural center of the North Country, if you drive a half mile or so outside of town, you'll see the effects of the struggling economy. I always try to support the local businesses while I'm there, especially because the campuses, Clarkson in particular, have really hurt them in recent years by trying to become a resource for everything the student needs.
Clarkson and BC certainly share some legacy together both with Coaches Ceglarski and York. I lost a lot of respect for Coach York though the last time I was in Potsdam for a CCT/BC game. The game was supposed to be a celebration as Clarkson was dedicating the Len Ceglarski Coaching Chair, which is an endowment that pays for the CCT head coach position. They recognized both Len and Coach York in a ceremony prior to the game and they were expected to speak at the post-game hockey supporter meeting upstairs in the arena's Barben Rooms. Our players and coaches attend these post-game events every weekend just to make an appearance, thank the alumni and supporters, etc. etc. Coach York, after losing the game, didn't come up for his appearance and recognition, citing some lame excuse.
Oh nice. Q's arena is one of my favorites.Coincidentally, it's a lot like the TD Center in Hamden, so you'll get a good feel for what the FF will be like the following weekend, at least from an arena perspective.
I doubt the fact that BC lost had anything to do with it, honestly.I lost a lot of respect for Coach York though the last time I was in Potsdam for a CCT/BC game ... Coach York, after losing the game, didn't come up for his appearance and recognition, citing some lame excuse.
But hey, I understand being upset. The dude's a rock star.
And as far as wings go, we used to have 10 cent wing specials during happy hour on Fridays when I worked at McDuffs in the mid-1990's and I had many an experience with them. The prices have increased but the wings are still good and now they have choices, where we used to just have mild, hot, and fire. I think they have 8 or 9 flavors now and regular and boneless wings. Not a bad selection for a small town college bar.
Oh here's a question worth asking -- does Clarkson charge for tickets?
That is the same as it was in past years, so I suspect that that is standard Clarkson pricing.
Given you are driving all the way from CT why the worry about ticket pricing ?. Parking is FREE !!!!.
No need to pre-buy, each time I got to the rink last weekend 10 minutes before game time and it took about 5 minutes to buy my tickets and find my seat. It is non-designated seating for Women's hockey. You are free to roam.
Clarkson is a great facility, one of the better ones in the ECAC. It has a similar configuration as the TD in Hamden WRT seating configuration. Main difference is the color scheme.
Too bad if it is spring break, as the band may not there which would be a shame if that is the case. Clarkson has a great band and lively band. You'd love them if they were a BC band, as they get into the chanting and the whole bit. You would eat that up.
Last edited by OnMAA; 03-10-2014 at 02:58 PM.
As far as charging for tickets, I believe that's regulated by the NC$$ as it is their tournament. The last time I was up there for a women's game, I believe it was free or maybe a $5 general admission. Our women's games barely draw 100 fans on most nights, although the ECAC represented well for the league tournament. Clarkson's website says the women's tickets for this weekend are $10 adult, $6 student/senior, $4 for kids 12 and under.
I've actually been to the new place Between the Buns in "downtown" Potsdam. I think it opened last spring. Great sports bar atmosphere more typical of larger cities, unexpected in the boonies.
It was packed. Many TVs to watch whatever sports games are on, the burgers are really good, lots of beer choices on tap, and best of all with ridiculously cheap beer prices. I'd highly recommend it.
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