The College of Charleston hockey team concluded their season on Saturday by hosting the City of Charleston Fire Department in a charity game at the Carolina Ice Palace in North Charleston.
All proceeds of the game were donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, who funds research to create treatments, preventions and a cure for the crippling disease.
Although some people may find it hard to believe that the Charleston Fire Department could field a hockey team, they are a talented, aggressive squad that did not take it lightly on the Cougars. The Charleston hockey team recently completed a 12 win, 10 loss season.
“The Fire Department have a good group of guys and a good group of players, many are former [South Carolina] Stingrays,” Charleston Head Coach Joe Snecinski said. “They played The Citadel last year and they contacted me over the summer to see if we wanted to scrimmage and my guys are really excited about the opportunity.”
The Fire Department won the high scoring, competitive game, 6-5.
“Charleston’s Bravest,” the nickname of the department’s team, scored the first goal of the game before the Cougars tied the score with a goal from Ryan MacDonald.
The firemen followed the College’s score with three straight goals to take a 4-1 advantage midway through the second period. The Cougars closed the period with goals from Billy Savino and Evan Rumley to cut the Fire Department lead to 4-3.
The Fire Department scored a quick two goals in the final period to take a commanding 6-3 lead. The Cougars battled back to within one score after goals from Steve Perdigao and Gabe French, but could not tie the score in the closing minutes.
A perfect example of the competitive spirit of this game occurred in third period when the teams had a brief scuffle, which resulted in penalty minutes for the Fire Department.
Connor Every-Andrews led the Cougars with three points on three assists, while MacDonald and Perdigao each had an assist to go with their goals.
But this game was hardly about the final score, as the hockey team raised over $300 for the MS Society, which came from entrance fees and a 50/50 raffle.
Coach Snecinski, who has been coaching the Cougars for three years and was previously the head coach at Yale, spoke about his personal connection with multiple sclerosis.
“I actually have a employee of mine at the Stern Center who developed MS last year and she has been going through some tough times getting teachers and staff on campus to understand what MS is and what goes along with it,” Snecinski said.
The hockey team, Coach Snecinski, and the Fire Department deserve big congratulations for putting together a great exhibition benefiting a worthy cause.