Pates take Winter Classic showdown
For once during this 2016-17 winter season, it wasn’t about X’s and O’s or winning and losing. There was a greater cause to a Lehigh Valley Scholastic ice hockey game.
Last Wednesday evening at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, high school rivals Freedom and Liberty joined together for the fourth annual Winter Classic.
Although a score was kept (Freedom won 6-4), the game was focused more on a student that didn’t lace up the skates.
Adam Recke is a senior at Freedom High School, and has a rare disease called Niemann-Pick Type C. He has battled through it day-in and day-out, and was there at center ice to drop the puck to start the contest.
All admission and proceeds went to The Race For Adam. Along with sponsorship money thanks to the generosity of ShopRite in Bethlehem and team manager Wendy Totten of Weichert Realtors, the Ice Hockey booster club, which looks forward to this event every year, was able to raise over $1,700.00 for the Race For Adam foundation. Board members, parents, and coaches all volunteered to make this event possible for a fourth straight year.
Besides honoring Recke, all of the seniors from each respective school received special recognition. It was the last varsity game they would play with the season and playoffs wrapped up. Connor Evans, William Parker, and Nate Snyder from Freedom, and John Eastwood, Peter Moukoulis, Liam Fogarty, and Christian Ebner of Liberty were the players honored before the game.
The game finished 6-4 in favor of the Patriots, who were wearing their specially made Winter Classic jerseys worn only for this occasion. They took back the Winter Classic Cup after losing in the game last year. It was the third win out of the four years that this event has taken place for Freedom.
During the regular season, the Patriots finished 6-5-3 overall and the Hurricanes ended up 4-10.