Pond hockey, Sandpoint style

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(Photo by ERIC PLUMMER) With nearly glass-like smoothness on the ice of Lake Pend Oreille, a host of local hockey players played some fun pickup games on Wednesday near War Memorial Field. Rob Harrison Sr. used a snowblower, and with the help of a few shovels, a traditional pond hockey rink was suddenly formed. The scratch of skates clattering on ice and the clang of puck on stick carried for a ways at the peaceful setting, a perfect venue for some pond hockey. Sandpoint’s Rob Harrison Jr., who currently plays hockey in college for Robert Morris, was one of a handful of college players on hand, as teams of mostly Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene players of all skill levels and ages were formed by blindly throwing a stick on the ice. “However the teams end up, they end up,” said Harrison Sr.

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