Douglas, Carson hockey game put on ice
It’s hard to image that a hockey game could be called because of ice. But that’s what happened on Saturday at the Pony Express Pavilion when the Carson Senator and Douglas Tiger inline hockey teams faced each other.
With ice developing around the floor, the officials decided to suspend the contest to protect the players’ safety with 14 minutes, 46 seconds left in the game. Carson was leading 3-1 at the time.
It was obviously disappointing for the two undefeated rivals who were involved in a spirited battle. Douglas came into the game at 7-0 while Carson was 5-0.
It’s unknown when the game will be made up and if it will be picked up from the point when it was suspended. With a 3-1 lead, Carson coach Steve Constantino said he hopes that will be the case.
“That’s a good question,” said Douglas coach Bill Van Bruggen when asked if the game will be picked up from where it was left off. “Probably, but I’m not sure.”
Constantino said players were slipping, but he thought that enough of the ice had been cleared at halftime.
“It would be nice if we could clean it up and come back in a little bit,” Constantino said.
Constantino and Van Bruggen also said it would be nice if the teams could play in an indoor facility. Van Bruggen said he hopes that one day Douglas will have an indoor facility and also said there’s been talk about enclosing the Pony Express Pavilion.
“It’s kind of a bummer, but we realize the referee had to do it,” Douglas player Josh Van Bruggen said.
“That’s his call as a ref,” coach Van Bruggen also said about the game being called.
Van Bruggen scored to give Douglas a 1-0 lead, but Ted Jost answered for Carson and the Senators led 2-1 at halftime when they scored on a 2-on-1 on a power play. Ken Sumner scored on a pass from John Elder.
In the second half, Martin Ellis had the puck behind the net and passed to Ryan Collins for a goal to give Carson a 3-1 lead.
Along with Van Bruggen, John Galicia and Jason Giesler, one of the leading scorers for Douglas, helped lead the effort for the Tigers.
Trevor Hansen made 10 saves for Douglas, including two on one-on-one situations.
The Tigers improved to 7-0 Friday night with a 6-2 win over the Reno Huskies.
Andrew Hines led all scorers with three goals and one assist. Giesler added two goals and freshman Garrett Hostetler scored the final Tiger goal.
The Douglas junior varsity team (4-2) split a pair of games over the weekend. The Tigers defeated Manogue, 6-4, Friday night and dropped a 7-0 decision to Carson on Saturday.