2018-04-07 / News

Island Enjoys Last Days of Winter Fun With Broomball, Hockey

By Jacob A. Ball


Members of the Mackinac Island Wings (from left) Jamie Bynoe, Brad Chambers, and Ronnie France before the final game of the season Wednesday, March 14. Members of the Mackinac Island Wings (from left) Jamie Bynoe, Brad Chambers, and Ronnie France before the final game of the season Wednesday, March 14. Mackinac Island State Park staff hosted an end-of-winter picnic at their ice rink Saturday, March 17, and without a usable skating surface, broomball replaced the hockey tournament. More than 40 children and adults participated. Many did not play broomball, but instead enjoyed a bonfire and free hotdogs while watching.

Myron Johnson, assistant park manager, said it was the perfect way to end another season at the ice rink behind Fort Mackinac. The rink is built and maintained by park staff and volunteers and is used for youth skating and hockey lessons. Most of the children who regularly participate in the weekly classes took part in the tournament, making four teams.

Park ranger Justin Wright, the youth hockey instructor, said the children were disappointed that they could not play ice hockey, but showed up in force and played with enthusiasm.


At left: Asher Topham (left) attempts a pass to Jadyn Rickley (middle, front), as Jenavieve Fisher (behind) and Vincent Davis (right) play defense during the end of winter broomball tournament at Mackinac Island State Park Saturday, March 17. (Photograph by Clark Bloswick) At left: Asher Topham (left) attempts a pass to Jadyn Rickley (middle, front), as Jenavieve Fisher (behind) and Vincent Davis (right) play defense during the end of winter broomball tournament at Mackinac Island State Park Saturday, March 17. (Photograph by Clark Bloswick) “It is a great event for the whole community, and everybody there had a great time,” he said.

An additional game was played between a group of Mackinac Island teenagers and a team of adults who organized to give the high school students someone to play against. Mr. Wright said this was probably the most fun for the spectators, as both sets of players lost their balance and tumbled to the ground often. The team was comprised of parents and park staff.

The youth tournament for children 12 and younger was won by the “Three Stooges” team of Matt Cowell, Vincent Davis, and Derby Kromer. They defeated the “Villagers” in the championship game by a score of 4-2. The final score in the exhibition game between the “Mosley Boys,” featuring brothers Albert, Xavier, and Guyil, and the “Moms and Rangers” was 3-2 in favor of the adults.

Street Hockey Season

Concludes

The street hockey league season concluded with a final game Wednesday, March 14, on Main Street. Mayor Margaret Doud dropped the first puck to begin the game, and many spectators came out to enjoy a sunny winter day. The players competed in boots on the pavement and had to retrieve the puck several times after it glided past the goal down the snowless road.

The Mackinac Island Wings defeated the St. Ignace Storms 7-2. Jamie Bynoe was named most valuable player for the game and the season, for which he received a championship ring. Mr. Bynoe said his team was able to claim the last win of the season after the Storms had won the preceding contest. He scored four goals in the game, and Brad Chambers and Mike Olson each added another two goals. Jason St. Onge scored one goal.

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