On the ice, the and charity hockey game this past Saturday night at the Ponkapoag Ice Rink in Canton ended in a 1-1 tie. Off the ice, the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that helps military families, was the runaway winner.
The Stoughton Police and Fire Hockey teams, as well as combo police and fire hockey teams from Canton and Braintree played a doubleheader Saturday night to benefit the Fisher House.
The Fisher House, according to its website, is a "home away from home for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.”
The website continues:
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment.
The organization serves more than 12,000 families a year, at no cost to the family.
On the ice, the Stoughton teams played first, followed by the matchup between the Canton PD/FD and Braintree PD/FD.
Billy Carreiro got the Stoughton Fire Department on the board first, scoring 2:40 into the game. The Police answered on a goal by John Lydstone with 55 seconds left in the opening period.
The teams played three 12-minute periods, with no goals scored in the second and third periods. SFD goalie Chip MacKay and SPD goalie John Bonney both played well in net.
The game served as a warm-up for the annual “” Hockey game, a charity event that benefits the Friends of Stoughton Hockey. This year’s game is on March 24 at the Asiaf Arena in Brockton.
The SFD earned its first win in the “” series last year with a 5-2 win over the Police.
SFD - Buddy O'Neil; Mike Peck; Billy Carreiro; Jim Bertram; Jim Campbell; Doug Campbell; Paul McCafferty; Joe Visser; John Sawyer; Jim Berg; Danny Bates; Chip MacKay; Billy Morrissey
SPD - John Fanning; Erik Feist; John Lydstone; Jen Sullivan; Marc Baldner; Jay Owens; Roger Hardy; John Bonney; Robert Kuhn; Steve Alessi; Bill Healey
Check out video interviews with Buddy O’Neil (SFD) and John Bonney (SPD) in the media gallery above.