Skipjacks Celebrate Second Annual Teddy Bear Toss Game With Big Win Over the Springfield Pics
By Edward Pendergrast – Skipjacks Beat Reporter
On December 20 the Skipjacks U18 team hosted the Springfield Pics at Piney Orchard Ice Rink in the Second Annual Teddy Bear Toss game. By any measure the game was a huge success as the Skipjacks cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Springfield Pics. The Teddy Bear toss was an even greater success than last year’s inaugural event as an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 600 people tossed 353 teddy bears on to the ice after the first Skipjacks goal. Both the attendance and the number of teddy bears exceeded last year’s total. The fans did not have to wait long as Rylan Cratsenberg scored at the 1:25 mark of the 1st period with assists from Reid Bibb and Ivan Yuryev.
Keifer Garrity, Zach Martin, Ivan Yuryev and Danny Widmar rounded out the scoring for the Skipjacks. Max Kerner earned the win in goal by stopping 14 of the 15 shots he faced.
All teddy bears tossed on the the ice are donated by the Skipjacks Hockey Club to the Children’s National Medical Center.
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