Vineyard Fire and Police skate for youth hockey

First annual game plays to a packed house at MV Arena.

Police team forward Coleman Lenane skates over center ice, pursued by Kurstin Moore and Mike Valenti. — Ralph Stewart

Members of Martha’s Vineyard’s local police and fire departments laced up the skates Saturday night at the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena for the inaugural Police vs. Fire Ice Hockey Heroes game, benefiting Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey (MVYH).

EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, and police officers, with a healthy dose of former Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) hockey players among them, skated in front of a packed house. During the first intermission, the Island Mites hockey players took to the ice to showcase their skills.

The good-natured competition was a delight for players and fans alike.

The police team scored seven goals, winning bragging rights during the three 20-minute periods of regulation play. MVRHS boys varsity hockey Coach Matt Mincone tallied twice. Coleman Lenane, Zach Townes, Mike Snowden, Chris Dolby, and senior team member Dan Gouldrup also lit the lamp.

The fire department team saved its best for last. Edgartown firefighter Jon Dore slid the puck between the pads of police goalie Mike Trance, finishing as the only player among six to score in the game-ending shootout,

West Tisbury Police Chief Dan Rossi and Aquinnah Police Chief Randhi Belain coached the skaters in blue, while Matt Montanile of Tri-Town EMS and Trulayna Rose of the Oak Bluffs Fire Department coached the skaters in fire-engine red and black. Tisbury detective and boys varsity Assistant Coach Max Sherman designed the eye-catching uniforms.

The hockey game aside, the real winner on the night was Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey — the Heroes raised $3,000 at the event.