Heat win charity hockey game

HOUGHTON — Despite the fact that the Michigan Tech Huskies were on the road at Bowling Green, the MacInnes Student Ice Arena was home to another important game as the annual Pigs N Heat game was played Saturday night. While the Heat won the game on the ice, 5-3, it was the members of the community who really won as the game acts as a fundraiser for those in the area who lose their homes to disasters during the course of the year.

“I really enjoy it,” said Team Fire skater Dylan Boberg. “I look forward to it. As I spend more time on the fire department, get more experience, I see how that money really helps in the community.”

For the players, the fact that they can successfully raise money makes the game even more enjoyable.

“That’s the reason that we are there,” Boberg said. “This game has a much bigger meaning. The effect fires have on people is really great, and this fund really does help people. It’s a special thing.”

The teams were tied, 3-3, going into the third period, which also served as the second half of the A game.

Team Fire jumped ahead just seconds into the third when Lake Linden’s Erik Miller found the back of the net behind Michigan State Police’s Kevin Rajala. Adams Township’s Patrick Nettell picked up an assist on the tally, which would stand as the game-winning goal.

Hancock’s Bill Lepisto gave Team Fire some insurance with a goal with 2:30 left in the contest. Hancock’s Brett Lepisto added the lone assist on the goal.

In the first period, which served as the B game, Houghton’s Kirk Mills put the Law Hogs up 1-0 with an early goal. The lead was short-lived, however, as Houghton’s Brian Ross pulled the Leftover Heat into a tie with a goal of his own.

In the second period, Team Police jumped out to a 2-1 lead. Houghton’s Daron Kari then made it 3-1 off a pass from Houghton’s Wade Hanke.

Team Police looked to be in control of the contest at that point, but Team Fire got back into it with a goal from Allouez’s Scott Bussiere off a pass from South Range’s Chet Burkman.

Brett Lepisto evened things at 3-3 before the end of the second period.