MIDWAY — There were just too many reasons not to play the game. And not enough reasons to play.
After problems with the ice delayed the start of warmups at the City of Midway Ice Rink for more than an hour, officials decided there wasn’t enough light to play the outdoor night hockey game between WSHL’s Ogden Mustangs and Park City Moose on Friday. The safety of the players was paramount, said Moose chairman and governor Mike Holmes.
The decision was disappointing for the two Division III junior clubs and the nearly 200 fans who braved the cold to watch a unique sporting event.
“I’m excited,” said Park City’s Skyler Metcalf before warmups. “It’s going to be cold but I’m really excited to see how it turns out. We’ve practiced on it. It’s a lot different to get used to.”
Next up for the Moose is today’s game in Boise vs. the Junior Steelheads at 2 p.m.
The Mustangs’ next game is in Boise as well, but it will be part of a three-game playoff next weekend: Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and, if necessary, Sunday at 11 a.m. All three games will be played in Idaho.