Mac's midget hockey disrupted by power outage
2 games to pick up where they left off after lights went out Friday night at Max Bell Centre Arenas
Officials with the Mac's AAA Midget World Invitational Hockey Tournament were forced to adjust the schedule after a power outage plunged the Max Bell Centre Arenas into darkness on Friday night.
"Pretty surprising and luckily there were no injuries or mishaps. That could have been very dangerous," said tournament chairman Mike O'Neil.
The two feature games that were cut short will pick up where they left off, officials announced on Saturday.
The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs will resume playing the Calgary Bruins at 6:00 p.m. at Village Square #1 on Sunday. The Bruins were leading 1-0 late in the first period when the game was disrupted.
And the Alaska Junior Aces will finish playing the Calgary Royals at 8:30 p.m. at Max Bell #1 on Monday. The game was tied 2-2 in the second period when the power went off.
Held every year since 1978 beginning on Boxing Day, the tournament features 25 male and 15 female teams from across Canada, the United States and Europe.
Highwood Raiders playing 'High River Strong'
Taking part in this year’s tournament has a special significance for the undefeated Highwood Raiders, who come from the flood ravaged town of High River and its surrounding communities.
The girls will have “#HighRiverStrong” emblazoned on their jerseys for their prime-time game on Sunday night as a way to honour people affected by the June disaster, said captain Kaylin Snodgrass.
"It's pretty motivating, I mean, High River is getting really cleaned up now, it's looking a lot better, but they still need the volunteers to get out there and help out,” she said.
The tournament wraps up on Jan. 1.