Ten miles is all that separates two D-1 hockey teams from one another in the North Country. And where there isn't much distance, there's rivalry. YNN's Elizabeth Jeneault caught up with Clarkson and St. Lawrence University fans at Saturday night's game, who say the competition is what keeps them coming back.
St. Lawrence County, N.Y. -- In Appleton Arena Saturday night, there wasn't one seat left unoccupied.
That's because the rivalry between St. Lawrence and Clarkson is unlike any other. Some even dare to call it the biggest in college hockey.
"It's just a great atmosphere. Everybody gets really into it. It's a full crowd every year and it's just a lot of fun," said SLU Baseball Player Mike Dell’Olio.
Following Friday night's loss to Clarkson, St. Lawrence fans were especially loud on Saturday as they hoped to even the score.
It's a rivalry that dates decades back.
"I had some friends growing up that played at St. Lawrence University in the 80s so they've always told me about this Clarkson, SLU rivalry and I've definitely seen it over the past four years," said Ontario resident Tim Burton.
"I started going to the Walter arena with my dad in the mid-fifties," said Hannawa Falls Resident Pete Chase.
Proof the hockey teams are a mainstay in the North Country.
"The hockey team is a big part of this community. We take a lot of pride in it. We get a good fan base from just the normal community and the college fan base as well," said SLU Junior Zane Fish.
A sport that's loved by the community, including St. Lawrence fans, who lost bragging rights for a second straight night in a row Saturday.
Although it may be hard for them to admit, SLU fans know good hockey when they see it.
"Clarkson was good at being very defensive during the penalties and I just think we could have had a few more shots on goal and controlled the puck a little bit better," SLU Junior Austin Mang said.
An early goal in the third period was what led Clarkson's four to three win. And until next time, Clarkson will be celebrating their right to brag.