TRURO – A “fluke” accident resulted in Saturday night’s junior A game between Truro and Pictou County being postponed.
The problem started when a hose filling up the ice-resurfacing machine with hot water fell out of the machine and onto the ice before the 7:30 p.m. contest began. The hot water melted the ice, creating a hole about ¾ of an inch deep and 10 feet long from the boards to the net at the back of the rink. Colchester Legion Stadium officials worked to try to make the ice usable but the decision was made around 8:30 p.m. to postpone the contest to Sunday at 7 p.m.
“Even when we first looked at it we knew (the game) was in jeopardy,” Bearcats owner Stu Rath told www.trurodaily.com. “It just didn’t freeze and it wasn’t worth the risk of having a player injured.”
While attendance figures were not available, Rath said it was the largest crowd of the year estimating between 600 and 800 fans were in the stands to see the battle of division rivals.
“This was just a real fluke,” Rath said. “The hose fell out” and melted the ice down to the cement.
Pictou County Weeks Crushers President Wade Taylor said the team is just trying to find itself with four new bodies added to the lineup prior to Monday’s trade deadline.
“This is our big rivalry, of course, and our guys are mentally prepared,” he said. “Our guys, quite honestly, are quite down right now because they wanted to play the game. We’re going to have to regroup and find away to be as prepared tomorrow night.”
He said while the ice was good enough to stand on, players making quick starts and stops could have been at risk of injuries such as broken ankles or legs.
Patrons were given the opportunity for a refund or a ticket for a game later this season.
NOTES… Two of the Truro Bearcats best players were not dressed for Saturday’s game. Stephen Horyl and Colin Beck would not have played tonight. Their status for Sunday’s contest was not known.