No ice, but plenty of fun at street hockey championship at Verizon Wireless Arena
Bedford's Flint Tropics Jack Flanagan celebrates a semi final win during Monarchs Summer Fan Fest and street hockey tournament at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Elm Street in Manchester on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
John fired a wrist shot past Alec Lindberg's blocker to give the Bedford Bulldogs a shootout win over fellow Bedford team the Flint Tropics to claim the 13-16 year-old division street hockey championship at the fourth annual Manchester Monarchs Summer Fan Fest at Verizon Wireless Arena Saturday.
"We all play together. We go and play street hockey at Memorial School," said John, who plays on the junior varsity ice hockey team at Bedford. "It's pretty fun and competitive."
"I was looking to try and dangle him but then I saw his left side corner so I shot it," John said. "I snizzed it right up top."
"It's been really fun. All the time, we get together and go down to the basketball court and kick the basketball players out and play street hockey all day," Lindberg said. "That's our summer."
"We just kind of mess around and play," said Starz player Zack Campbell, who plays for the Somersworth High ice hockey team. "We play a lot at friends' houses. We just kind of came in (to the tournament) to see what happens."
The Fan Fest also included sales at the Monarchs pro shop, autographs from former Monarchs Derek Bekar and Richard Seeley and current Monarch Ian O'Connor (of Londonderry) and events for the younger kids such as face painting and a bounce house.
"Oh, yeah, definitely," John said. "Especially every time we go and play now."