The constant cold and snowy weather has not slowed down business at the Baranof Park Ice Rink — it has improved it.

“It has been cold for us, so the compressors haven’t had to work as hard,” ice rink manager Courtney Webster said. “The ice has been really good this year.”

The ice rink is open for two more weeks before it closes for the season the night of April 1.

Webster still has plenty of events remaining for skaters.

Next Friday, the ice rink is hosting a pond hockey tournament, which is a 3-on-3 game. Teams can have a maximum of five players on its roster.

“You don’t zam the ice at all. The more you play the more the ice gets chewed up,” Webster said. “As it starts progressing into the games, the puck gets slower and slower. The ice is beat up and is not real pleasant to play on.”

Teams can sign up to the start of the event at either the ice rink or the Teen Center.

On Wednesday, March 28, the Coast Guard players and the town players will battle in another coastie/townie game beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The town players won the first game in November.

“We have never done it where we did one at the beginning of the season and one at the end of the season,” Webster said. “It will be kind of cool to see how they progressed over the season.”

The final event is a Kodiak Hockey League skill competition on Saturday, March 31.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdaily

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