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Warm weather delays starts of Saturday’s Great Lakes Invitational games

From the Red Wings' PR department, sunny days and 46-degree temperatures are not necessarily good:

... Michigan and Michigan State Clash for Third Place at 4:30 p.m., Western Michigan Battles Michigan Tech in Championship at 8:00 p.m. ...

DETROIT – The starting times of the Great Lakes Invitational third-place game (Michigan vs. Michigan State) and championship game (Western Michigan vs. Michigan Tech) at Comerica Park as part of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ will be delayed one hour due to sunshine impacting play.

The decision was made this morning after it was determined that today’s sunshine is creating hot spots on the ice.  Michigan and Michigan State are now slated to meet at 4:30 p.m. in the consolation round, and Michigan Tech will host Western Michigan in the championship game at 8:00 p.m.

The Coke Zero Fan Zone, located just outside of Comerica Park, will maintain its original hours today and is open from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The festivities are free for those with tickets to the game and $5 for those who do not have tickets.

Update: Via RedWingsFeed, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose posted today's Hockeytown Winter Festival schedule:

Day 2 of Detroit’s hockey celebration kicks off this afternoon when the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival opens to the public at 1 p.m.

The event covers more than 100,000 square feet outside of Comerica Park with all things hockey and all things fun. The Winter Festival will be held every day through New Year’s Eve in conjunction with the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, taking place at Michigan Stadium.
There’s plenty to see and do today throughout the Coke Zero Fan Zone with entertainment on both the Red Wings Experience Stage as well as the Molson Hockey House Stage.

Also, the 49th annual Great Lakes Invitational concludes today when Western Michigan (8-8-3) takes on Michigan Tech (6-9-6) in the 8 p.m. championship contest. The Huskies are seeking their second straight GLI championship and 11th overall. Meanwhile, it’s been 27 years since WMU won its only GLI title. The Broncos and their former standout defenseman Danny DeKeyser lost 4-0 in last December’s championship at Joe Louis Arena.

The GLI consolation game between No. 3 Michigan (10-3-2) and Michigan State (5-9-2) will precede the title game at 4:30 p.m.

Despite the delayed times for the GLI games, the Fan Zone will maintain its original hours today and is open from 1-10 p.m. The festivities are free for those with tickets to the game and $5 for those who do not have tickets.

Fan Feud – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (DRW Stage)
SuperLast – 1-2 p.m. (Molson Hockey House)
Free Beer – 3-4 p.m. (DRW Stage)
Alumni Q&A – 3-3:45 p.m. (Molson Hockey House)
Alumni Q&A – 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (DRW Stage)
The Muggs – 4-5 p.m. (Molson Hockey House)
Get In It To Win It – 6-7 p.m. (DRW Stage)
Alumni Q&A – 6-6:45 p.m. (Molson Hockey House)
Toppermost – 7-8 p.m. (Molson Hockey House)
Kaleido – 8-9 p.m. (DRW Stage)
Polish Muslims – 9-10 p.m. (Molson Hockey House)

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