Beavercreek and Springboro play a game of pond hockey after nearly 2 years of planning
WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - It's been in the works for nearly two years, and Wednesday it became a reality. Beavercreek and Springboro varsity hockey teams met outside the rink to play a game of pond hockey.
"We've always wanted to do an outdoor game," Beavercreek Youth Hockey President Matt Belmonte said. "It's tough with the weather. It's tough with the schedule for the kids and this was just the perfect day and time to get it done."
The two teams met at the "Pond of Dreams", located in the front yard of Kent Metcalf's home in Waynesville.
"I was inspired by a mixture of Field of Dreams and Pond Hockey," Metcalf said.
Metcalf built the pond in 2009. As soon as temperatures get below freezing, he turns the fountain in the middle on high to lower the water temperature. With enough cold, the ice can get thick enough to be safe to skate on.
"People always said I was nuts putting this in because they were like, 'You know we do live in Southwestern Ohio? You're going to get like a week's worth of ice'," he said.
But as the Miami Valley tries to survive an extended cold snap, Metcalf said the pond's ice is almost 12 inches thick. He and Belmonte got together last week and said the long-awaited game could happen.
"Out here, you get to love the game the way it was originally played," Metcalf said.
The two teams mixed together to play a game of pond hockey, which has no referees, no boards, no checking and no goalies, just a wooden board on the ice with two slots to shoot into. The game provided an unforgettable experience for the players.
"I want to bring my kids out here some day and do the same thing," Beavercreek junior Joey Duford said. "This is the Pond of Dreams. It's perfect."
"You just savor the moment because you don't know when you're going to be able to do this again," Springboro senior Victoria Weaver, who was playing pond hockey for the first time, said.
The two schools hope they can continue the tradition for years to come.