BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck Bobcats hockey team faced a make or break game Friday night in a playoff showdown against the Minot Minotauros.
But the emotions of the game took a momentary back seat, as the ice fell silent.
For years, RJR Maintanence and Management owner Robert Fakler sat along the ice to cheer on his hometown team. Now the team he loved is doing its best to honor the victims' memories.
Hundreds of fans started the game honoring those that were lost in the April 1 tragedy.
"It's shocking, amazing. I can't thank people enough," said Jackie Fakler, Robert's wife.
The Bobcats used the attention to raise some more support for the families of their fallen fans.
"It started as a sponsorship, but it's become so much more. They're close personal friends" said Thom Brigl, Bobcats owner.
The families were also recognized throughout the game, participating in intermission activities.
"Go Bobcats! We love the Bobcats, they've been a fabulous group of people to work with very, very awesome people," said Fakler.
The team says RJR staff have always been good fans and business partners.
Every year, RJR buys the number 25 jersey from the Bobcats to display in their lobby. This year it will be donated to the company.