Friday night in Espanola was about hockey, hospitality and relationships.
On the ice, the Espanola Rivermen of the Canadian International Hockey League upended the Detroit Fighting Irish of the Midwest Jr. Hockey League 5-2 in an interlocking match played before more than 600 fans at the Recreation Complex.
On the hospitality side, Fighting Irish coach-general manager Dan Vasquez was appreciative. And Vasquez said he believes the latest interlocking game between the two teams from two different junior leagues will serve as a sign of things to come.
“We were very impressed with the hospitality of the Espanola community and we look forward to a long-term relationship with the Rivermen and their fans,” said Vasquez.
“This weekend is a great example of a co-operative relationship between organizations regardless of governing bodies or the politics. It was just hockey players doing what they do — play hockey.”
The Fighting Irish also played an afternoon game today against the CIHL’s Batchewana Attack.