The scoreboard may have read 12-10 in favour of the Portage la Prairie RCMP over the Fire Department on Sunday night; however, everyone went home feeling good about the work they had just put in once the final whistle blew.
The Guns and Hoses Charity hockey tilt went down at Stride Place. Portage RCMP detachment and Fire Department members laced up the skates to raise money for the Family Resource Centre and celebrate the RCMP's 150th anniversary.
"It is just so great when the community thinks of donating funds to us from an event or a thing that they do," says Melissa Morrison, Executive Director for the Portage Family Resource Centre.
Monday afternoon, RCMP Inspector Paul Peddle and Fire Chief Brad Bailey strolled down to deliver the $1,595 cheque.
Morrison adds that the centre relies completely on grants and donations to provide the programming they do.
"It takes a lot to make things happen around here. Every dollar counts, for sure."
Inspector Peddle says he was happy to get out to compete against the fire department.
"Chief Brad Bailey and his crew did an awesome job. I think everybody on the ice can say we had a great time. It was a competitive game, very fun and at the end, it could have gone either way."
Peddle highlights that he has been at eight different detachments around the country, and the RCMP always love to give back to their communities.
"We weren't sure what the turnout would be, but when we looked up in the stands there, it made us probably feel a lot better than what we actually were on the ice. But it was good, thanks to all the fans."
On the other side of the ice, Chief Bailey says his crew was happy to help with a great cause, even in a losing effort.
"It was a competitive game. Everybody had a great time; we did our best, and we came up a little bit short."
Bailey, tongue in cheek, notes that it was fitting for the RCMP to get the win during a celebration of their 150th anniversary.