Pigs-N-Heat game does it again

HOUGHTON – It was an impressive turnout for Saturday’s annual Pigs-N-Heat hockey game at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, which raised thousands of dollars for people in need.

The 22nd annual hockey game between local firefighters and police officers raises money for the Pigs-N-Heat Fund.

The total amount raised was unavailable this morning. However, it appeared to be a “successful” year, Houghton Police Lt. Nick Roberts, vice president of the Pigs-N-Heat board, said after Saturday’s game.

B teams – the “Law Hogs” and “Leftover Heat” – took the ice for the first period, which ended 5-3 in the Heat’s favor.

The A team took over for the other two periods. While rosters changed, the trend didn’t, as the Heat came away with a 12-7 win.

But the score’s less important than the help the game provides and the fun of playing against fellow first responders, said Kevin Coppo of the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s just a friendly competition, hanging with the guys and getting out on a non-professional level,” he said.

Roger Heikkila, president of the Pigs-N-Heat board and a Heat player representing Calumet Township Fire Department, agreed.

“It was great,” he said. “We really had a nice-looking crowd out there. It was competitive, but it was fun.”

Tracey Beauchamp, whose husband played for the Heat, attended the game for the first time.

“I thought it was a lot of fun,” she said. “They did a good job.”