Inline hockey heats up rink

KAPA’A — “This is why we need a roof,” lamented one parent who was huddled under the tent.

With 4:47 remaining in the first of four scheduled games, evening showers forced the cancellation of the Friday night inline hockey contests.

The Black Hawks had been dominating the action throughout the night with the gold-shirted Sharks playing defense over the taller Black Hawks.

At the time the game was called, the Black Hawks were leading 4-1 over the Sharks in the Squirt division.

“Those are youngsters in the Under 10 age group,” scorekeeper Penni Taketa explained.

Inline hockey takes place twice weekly at the Kapa’a rink under the auspices of USA Hockey.

Todd Mayer, one of the league leaders, was enjoying the game with Todd Fuerte before the showers sent everyone to seek shelter in one of two tents set up for the evening.

Mayer explained that since even a small sprinkle gets the rink slippery, the games are halted for safety’s sake.

In one of the tents, the league had set up a food booth offering players and spectators a variety of food for the evening.

“Friday nights are a blast,” said Michelle Lewis, mother of Jacob Lewis, one of the inline hockey players. “We have kids and families from Hanalei to Po’ipu that come out to enjoy great games.”

Lewis added that even the skateboard kids are starting to show up to watch and grab a burger and candy from the food booth as well.

“We really have a great time out there on those bleachers, and yummy teri burgers, too,” Lewis said.

Taketa said the league plays games on Friday evenings starting at 6 p.m., and on Sunday afternoons starting at 1 p.m.

On each outing, there are four games: the Squirt Division, the Bantam Division, the Midget Division, and the Open Division, which usually gets the adults and older youth involved in hockey action.

Prior to the rain stopping the action, the Sharks had gotten a goal from Matthias Davis while the Black Hawks got goals from Eric Potter, Corey Nemeth, Cascade Mayer, and Christian Potter.

The Sharks will take on the Flyers in Friday night’s Squirt opener followed by the Piranhas and Panthers clashing in the Bantam Division.

The Barracudas will go up against the Capitals in the Midget division with Mike’s Green Team taking on Bling Bling in the Open Division.

Sunday’s games will have The Sharks and Black Hawks meeting in the Squirt contest at 1 p.m. followed by the Piranhas and Hurricanes tangling in the Bantam game at 2 p.m.

The Barracudas go up against the Devils starting at 3 p.m. in the Midget division, and Mike’s Green Team will take on Andy’s Terrapins starting at 4 p.m. in the Open Division.

Lon Shimanuki is the president of USA Hockey.

Complete results of Sunday’s action can be found in the Scoreboard section on page B2.

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