During its first season and for a number of seasons thereafter, ice hockey at MAC was played on the Red Cedar River above the dam behind the administration building (near where Wells Hall now stands) and was at the mercy of the weather. The first M.A.C. home ice hockey contest was held on January 18, 1922 against the University of Notre Dame and would be a 3-1 loss, with sloppy ice conditions reported.
The ice hockey rink consisted of boards, goals, and lights that were suspended over the skating surface. After using the ice, the team would drill a hole into the ice and a pump would push water through the hole, flooding the ice surface like a modern Zamboni does today.