It took some doing to get to Superior last night, but this reporter is glad he made the journey.
I had heard the rumors, but it wasn't until I witnessed the spectacle firsthand that I discovered why so many people consider Superior an oasis of hockey worship in a sea full of basketball lovers.
The Spartans play in the nicest rink in the state, UW-Superior's Wessman Arena, and enjoy the most devoted and rambunctious following I've encountered on the road so far.
There were cheerleaders (I'll admit to feeling a little creepier than usual getting this shot):
A kick-ass mascot, complete with fake beard stubble: