A unique pair of hockey games provided some fun for opposing sizes of players during a recent Telemiracle event held in Wadena.
Wadena Kin Club member Lisa McMartin said it all started rather innocently when the Wadena Wildcats Midget team was waiting to get onto the ice for practice after the Junior Novice Jaguars team finished.
“The Midget boys were laughing about the little boys even beating them,” McMartin told the News, noting that the Midgets have not had their best season. “So when the Midgets were asked if they would like to try and win a game this year, they said ‘yes’ to the challenge.”
It would be two 30-minute periods where the Midgets would take on each of the two Junior Novice teams on Feb. 8 as a fundraising event for Telemiracle.
When the games were about to begin, one parent apparently exclaimed as the players came onto the ice, “Holy crap! Those Midgets are huge,” and it is suspected that the Junior Novice players may have said the same thing to themselves when they saw what they were up against.
“The first period was played against the Jaguars. The boys had no clue what they were in for,” said McMartin. “Refs started calling penalties — they didn’t want the game to get out of hand. Refs took away the puck and they had to play with a large bouncy ball or smaller bouncy balls. Both goalies had their work cut out for them.”
The second period was then played against the Junior Novice Panthers but in the end it was victory for both the Junior Novice teams: the Jaguars won 9-4 and it was 8-5 for the Panthers over the Midgets.
The event was complete with announcing provided by former radio voice Jared Linnen, and included a 50/50 draw, raffle table and puck shoot.
“The whole day raised about $670, with all monies going toward Telemiracle.”
The Kin Club hopes to do another event next year, said McMartin. “All three teams had a lot of fun and that was the name of the game.”
By Alison Squires