By Marissa Rush, Staff Writer

UMF Students Lindsey Whitney and Connor Joy at the Bruins Game (photo courtesy of Lindsey Whitney)

UMF Students Lindsey Whitney and Connor Joy at the Bruins Game (photo courtesy of Lindsey Whitney)

The New England Patriots surprised thousands of fans, including UMF students, at a Bruins game against the New York Islanders in a trip to Boston sponsored by The Center for Student Involvement (CSI).

Sophomore Dani Fossett was one of the lucky students to see the game. “It was a great surprise to see the Patriots there,” said Fossett. “The second they announced they were there, everyone was out of their seats, yelling, and clapping.”

Matthew Theriault, a Trip Advisor for CSI’s Weekend Adventures and Excursions,  said that the Bruins trip is one of their most popular trips. CSI tries to get at least one trip a year to see a New England sports team play. Theriault said that everyone at the game got very excited when the Patriots came out onto the ice. UMF students were trying to figure out which VIP box the Patriots were watching the game from throughout the game.

The Ceremonial puck drop was dropped by several of the Patriots, but the Patriots’ tight end, Rob Gronkowski, spiked the puck into the ice, much like he does after a touchdown.      “When Gronk spiked the puck up over the glass, it was unexpected but awesome” said Fossett. “The whole game was such a great experience and I would totally do it again.”

The Bruins ended up winning the game 2-1 over the Islanders. Assistant captain Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson each had a goal on the night to take the victory.

Theriault said that CSI always has a good turnout for the Bruins trip, but the most popular trip is the New York City trip in the fall semester.  Throughout the spring CSI will be taking students to Glow Bowling in Rangeley, Maine Maple Sunday, and Go Karting before the final trip for the Boston Cruise.