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Orange junior Dillon Fellinger plays at the Orange vs. Avon Lake varsity hockey game Jan. 2.

AUBURN — The Orange vs. Avon Lake varsity hockey game was forced to a halt due to thin ice in one area at The Pond Ice Rink in Auburn.

Referees noticed a divot on the ice in the third quarter and called the game for the safety of the players. The Pond responded by filling in the ice, and the rink was back open an hour later, owner Elisa Nash said.

“With the holidays and traffic, we’ve been busy,” Mrs. Nash said, adding that the game followed a few sessions of large groups of skaters on the rink, which typically causes the ice to become thinner.

Orange hockey coach Michael Berg said he has seen this happen before as it is common for ice that is well skated on. 

The game will not continue at a later date as it is not a league game, Mr. Berg said.

Mrs. Nash noted that Orange Schools have a contract with The Pond.

“I’m sure Orange Schools wouldn’t contract here if it was unsafe,” Mrs. Nash said.

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