The firefighters move into the offensive zone.

The firefighters move into the offensive zone.

Prince Rupert RCMP and firefighters hit the ice for charity

On the evening of Friday, January 20, RCMP members and firefighters battled it out on the ice at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

On the evening of Friday, January 20, RCMP members and firefighters battled it out on the ice at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre for the 4th annual Guns N’ Hoses charity hockey game in order to raise money for the Everybody Gets to Play program.

The two emergency response organizations agreed to pit against one another in order to raise money for Everybody Gets to Play, a program offered in Prince Rupert and other communities, that focuses on ensuring kids from economically disadvantaged families can have access to recreational experiences. The game raised $2,830 for Everybody Gets to Play through the admission donations, raffles, and other activities.

The previous game was played in 2010, with the Hoses winning 11 to 7 against the Guns. RCMP members had to win this year’s game to bring the teams to an even two wins for each team over the past four years.

On Friday night the Guns’ Blake Ward scored the first goal of the game at 12:33 of the first period. The Guns’ showed a lot of drive in the first period, with Manny Bourqui scoring the team’s second goal at 3:21 and Ryan Rouke scoring the final goal of the period at 2:59.

The Guns secured their lead in the second period, when at 15:51 Tim Arseneault scored the team’s forth goal, with Chad Chamberlain scoring their fifth goal shortly after.

The Hoses finally got themselves on the board, when at 4:30 Tom Jackson put home the first goal. Before the second period was up, Travis McNeice scored the Hoses’ second goal, making the score five to two for the Guns.

In the third period, the Guns scored two more goals before the game was up, the first by Andrew Starr and the second by Tim Arseneault, with the Hoses Troy O’Toole scoring the final goal of the game at 5:46.

In the end the Guns won the game  7-3, and were given possession of the trophy donated by Cook’s Jewellers.

There were a number of prizes donated by local businesses and individuals including top prizes of a return trip for two to Vancouver donated by Hawk-Air and a one way trip with vehicle on the Inside Passage donated by BC Ferries.