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A Boston blowout dampens a Canes watch party, but Hamilton the Pig brings some smiles

Experience a Canes watch party on Glenwood

Carolina Ale House on Glenwood Avenue hosted a watch party for game two of the NHL playoffs on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in which the Boston Bruins beat the Canes 6-2. The block was full of excitement, until fans became frustrated with an impending loss.
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Carolina Ale House on Glenwood Avenue hosted a watch party for game two of the NHL playoffs on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in which the Boston Bruins beat the Canes 6-2. The block was full of excitement, until fans became frustrated with an impending loss.

The rain stayed away for the Carolina Hurricanes watch party on Glenwood Avenue, but the Boston goals did not. A crowd of hockey fans gathered outside Carolina Ale House Sunday afternoon, hoping to see the Canes level the NHL Eastern Conference final series, but instead witnessed the mother of all Mother’s Day blowouts, as Carolina fell 6-2.

The Glenwood watch party served as the local heart of the storm for fans watching the Boston action from afar. The street was packed Thursday night for Game 1, but Mother’s Day plans, graduations for Triangle schools and the threat of severe storms thinned the crowd Sunday. Still, a couple hundred fans filled a closed-off block of Glenwood.

Phyllis Sharpe opened the Mother’s Day card from her son Derek in the middle of Glenwood Avenue, just before the puck dropped for Game 2. Derek said the family are diehard hockey fans and have been to all of the Canes playoff games so far.

“I asked what we’re doing for Mother’s Day,” Phyllis said.

“Hockey, duh,” Derek answered.

There were plenty of mothers spending their day watching Canes hockey Sunday, many decked out in jerseys of their own.

Forget Mother’s Day brunch: Mary Simson of Greensboro shared a plate of buffalo wings with her son Harrison, a UNC-Charlotte student, and Riley, in grad school at N.C. State. She said she’s a Buffalo Sabres fan, but also roots for the Canes.

“I love hockey and this is a great way to spend Mother’s Day,” Simson said. “When you have boys.”

By the end of the second period and with nothing to cheer about, the watch party started thinning out with the Bruins up 4-0.

Luckily, Hamilton the Pig, the Carolina Hurricanes unofficial mascot and undisputed good luck charm, was on hand holding court. Between periods, Hamilton posed for photos from his wagon as dozens came to pay their respect, often with carrots.

Kyle Eckenrode, who owns Hamilton with his fiance Karoline Briggs, said Hamilton’s celebrity has grown exponentially over the last two weeks.

“We took him to Boxcar,” Eckenrode said. “They had 20 pounds of carrots for him, on ice.”

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