Yes, the new Zamboni housed in the Ice Rink at Coal Street Park did etch itself into the ice a little too much this night, and it may have affected many shots, but 12 teams endured and officially got league play started. Intra-divisional matchups highlighted the night and lines in the proverbial sand were drawn.During the 6 p.m. draws, Team XIII, skipped by J. Guttmann, hung four points on Schoolhouse Rocks, skipped by Alison Piatt, in the final end of that match to escape with an 8-4 victory in Steamboat Division action. The two other Steamboat teams (Team XV and Team XVI) had a bye in Week 1.
In the Stove Division, the league saw its first tie when Lyons and Team XIII could not break a 5-5 deadlock. During the 8 p.m. draws, JEMM defeated Team IX, 6-5, to take an early lead in the division.
Cs+Ds handled the challenge from Cracked Ice in the last draw during the 6 p.m. set. They set the tone in the Chestnut Division with an 8-3 win. Boss Hog-Line and WINOs, the other two Chestnut teams, were off for the night.
All the action in the Buckwheat Division happened late. Schuylkill Blind Squirrels defeated Team RAMROD, 9-3, and were buoyed by four points in the 3rd end. MLC topped Team Flyte in the division’s other draw, 6-2.