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The Yellowstone Quake will play their home finale this Friday against the Bozeman Icedogs.

It will be the last chance this season for Quake fans to cheer on their hometown team and the last chance for the team’s announcer to lead those cheers.

“It’s a pretty good rivalry and should be a good game,” coach Phil Oberlin said.

Cade Rosansky said having a packed house cheering the team on makes a big difference in their play. He pointed to a recent home series with Gillette in which a much larger crowd showed up the second night of the weekend and helped propel them to a payback win after a tough Friday loss.

“They were screaming and cheering each intermission after we’d get off the ice,” Rosansky said. “It just helps boost morale, especially after a big loss.”

Public announcer Adam Winkler is often the key to getting the home fans on their feet.

“Give it up for your Yellowstone Quake,” Winkler bellows into the microphone, his slighty gravelly voice guiding the fans to greet the team as they jump onto the ice.

Winkler has been the team’s announcer since 2016. Prior to that, he wore the costume of the Quake mascot “Rumble,” interacting with fans as a furry bear. Since being promoted he said he has fallen in love with the role.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said with a smile.

Winkler sang choir in high school and took speech class, but otherwise had no prior announcing experience. He said he didn’t know much about hockey growing up but picked up some knowledge going to Quake games and watching the NHL.

“I’m no expert by any means and am always asking the Quake players [and] Coach Oberlin questions,” he said.

Although he maintains a gregarious presence during the game, Winkler said he spends the entire drive over from his home in Powell psyching himself up before each game so that he can bring the right energy to the job. During the game, he drinks an energy drink to keep his emotions up.

Winkler is in charge of not only announcing but also selecting music to play throughout the game. He must constantly stay in tune with the rhythms of the game and how the fans are feeling when making his music selections.

When things weren’t going well for the Quake in a recent game he urged the fans on their feet, taunting, “C’mon, you guys can get louder than that.”

“He does a great job with announcing,” Oberlin said. “He has a great voice for it. He just helps the guys out in certain situations.”

If the Quake score or do something well, the music becomes more celebratory with songs like “Y.M.C.A.” and “Cha-Cha Slide” played. When their opponents commit a penalty, Winkler makes one of his favorite announcements.

“Time for a Pizza on the Run power play,” he yells…



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The Yellowstone Quake will play their home finale this Friday against the Bozeman Icedogs.

It will be the last chance this season for Quake fans to cheer on their hometown team and the last chance for the team’s announcer to lead those cheers.

“It’s a pretty good rivalry and should be a good game,” coach Phil Oberlin said.

Cade Rosansky said having a packed house cheering the team on makes a big difference in their play. He pointed to a recent home series with Gillette in which a much larger crowd showed up the second night of the weekend and helped propel them to a payback win after a tough Friday loss.

“They were screaming and cheering each intermission after we’d get off the ice,” Rosansky said. “It just helps boost morale, especially after a big loss.”

Public announcer Adam Winkler is often the key to getting the home fans on their feet.

“Give it up for your Yellowstone Quake,” Winkler bellows into the microphone, his slighty gravelly voice guiding the fans to greet the team as they jump onto the ice.

Winkler has been the team’s announcer since 2016. Prior to that, he wore the costume of the Quake mascot “Rumble,” interacting with fans as a furry bear. Since being promoted he said he has fallen in love with the role.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said with a smile.

Winkler sang choir in high school and took speech class, but otherwise had no prior announcing experience. He said he didn’t know much about hockey growing up but picked up some knowledge going to Quake games and watching the NHL.

“I’m no expert by any means and am always asking the Quake players [and] Coach Oberlin questions,” he said.

Although he maintains a gregarious presence during the game, Winkler said he spends the entire drive over from his home in Powell psyching himself up before each game so that he can bring the right energy to the job. During the game, he drinks an energy drink to keep his emotions up.

Winkler is in charge of not only announcing but also selecting music to play throughout the game. He must constantly stay in tune with the rhythms of the game and how the fans are feeling when making his music selections.

When things weren’t going well for the Quake in a recent game he urged the fans on their feet, taunting, “C’mon, you guys can get louder than that.”

“He does a great job with announcing,” Oberlin said. “He has a great voice for it. He just helps the guys out in certain situations.”

If the Quake score or do something well, the music becomes more celebratory with songs like “Y.M.C.A.” and “Cha-Cha Slide” played. When their opponents commit a penalty, Winkler makes one of his favorite announcements.

“Time for a Pizza on the Run power play,” he yells…



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