Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice
Assists: Toni Lucas, Josh Davis
At 7 pm Friday, October 12, Darin Kay and Marty Jurgens faced off at the MCC arena in Pincher Creek as Maggie Olson of the Windy Slopes Health Foundation dropped the ceremonial opening puck, and the 24 Hour Hockey Game was officially underway.
|Photos: Chris Davis, Josh Davis, Toni Lucas|
|Janet Jones in ref mode|
The bragging rights for the first goal in the game went to Hayden Shackel of the black team. That early lead proved to be prophetic, as the black team managed to stay ahead by about ten points for most of the event. Checking in periodically, it looked like everyone was having fun out there, and the hockey was brisk and entertaining.
|Pincher Creek Rotary Club members serving up breakfast on|
"They stuck in there, right to the end," Olson continued. "It was good." He said some players had to miss the end of the game due to injuries.
|The rink filled up for the last three periods of play|
It was quite a sight to see from the audience too. A sizable and supportive crowd gathered to watch the final periods play out.
"Did you watch the final game?" asked participant Roland Milligan, referring to the final three periods. "The energy was still there for that game."
The final score was 67 to 77 for the black team, really a very close game all things considered.
After the game concluded a puck-toss was held. Tara Cryderman got her puck closest to the target and walked away with a $300 gift certificate from UFA. A multitude of other prizes were up for grabs as well.
|Dan Crawford sorts out who was the puck toss winner (Tara Cryderman)|
|Dan Crawford shaking hands at the conclusion of the game|
A final tally of funds raised has yet to be calculated. "We have a lot of money that has been promised to us by individuals, groups and companies," Crawford said.
"I think down the road, I would like to approach it again. Now we've done it once, we know what works, what doesn't work, how to tweak it to make it better. People have done it once, and they know what to expect. I think it could become a bigger event."
"Right now, we're the walking wounded, we're tired, and sore, and beat up, and it was great, and so much fun," Crawford concluded.
Related link: Windy Slopes Health Foundation