A docile group of Needham hockey fans cheer for their team during Saturday's game. (Patricia McDonnell / Globe Photo)
After a one-game banishment, Needham hockey fans trickled back to the local ice arena Saturday evening as the Rockets toppled Natick, 4-1, at the Babson Ice Center.
More than 50 Needham students cheered the boys’ varsity hockey team to their eighth victory of the season against Natick at the Babson Ice Center Saturday.
The smaller and quieter-than-usual group of students turned out to support the Rockets after fans received a one-game suspension last week for rowdy behavior at a game against archrival Wellesley.
But on Saturday night, instead of heckling and jeering, students stood on the bleachers chanting in unison, “Hey baby! I want to know, will you be my girl,” each time a Needham Rocket scored.
The students, chatting and munching on candy between goals, were watched closely by crowd monitors in easily identifiable gold and navy jackets.
Needham parents, also sitting nearby, said that the group was missing some of the louder and more unruly fans from previous games.
“It’s not the usual crowd,” said Blair Merriman, a Needham resident and self-described hockey fan. “It’s usually jam-packed all the way to the glass.”
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