Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pond Hockey Classic comes to Hailey

Skating, scoring on a lazy Sunday

Happy third-place winners of the Women?s/Girls bracket at Sunday?s Pond Hockey Classic in Hailey were the Unleash the Fury girls featuring, from left, Nellie Brown, Devan Annan, Tate Reed-McDorman, India Emerick and Gina Rickling. Courtesy photo

Sunday's action on Hailey's McKercher Park outdoor ice sheet was a legendary moment in south county hockey history like the now-legendary Ice Bowl played outdoors on New Year's Day between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres at Orchard Park, N.Y.

Over 71,000 rabid hockey fans saw that Penguins 2-1 NHL shootout victory. In contrast, spectators numbered in the dozens for Sunday's Blaine County Recreation District Pond Hockey Classic in a four-on-four, no goalie format.

But the day went on without too many hitches, organizer Piers Lamb said, and everybody had a lot of fun playing double elimination games in eight-minute halves.

Check next week's Local Life edition for team photos from last weekend's Pond Hockey Classic. Results:

Youth Division (14-and-under): Ten kids played two games.

Women's Division (5 teams): 1—Luna Tuna (undefeated). 2—Beyondie. 3—UTF (Unleash the Fury). Other teams were Pucker Chuckers and Oawsome.

Intermediate Division (8 teams): 1—Hailey Chiefs (undefeated). 2—The Vandals. Other teams were The Somesets, CP1000se, The Lumberjacks, Tommy Chipewah, Pond Rats and Steven's Stevens.

Advanced Division (8 teams): 1—3 Midgets and A Medium. 2—Hot Garbage. 3—Festerval. Other teams were RLB, Odd Man Rush, The Madderdaddy's, The Nor'easters and Hot Lunch.

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