TRENTON - Cold November temperatures Saturday might have saved Trenton rink from a lengthy shutdown.
“If it had have stayed warm, we probably would lost,” the ice surface, said rink manager Darryl Marcott on Sunday morning.
“If you lose the ice, we would have had to take everything out and start all over again.”
The problem started Friday morning – a day after the facility finally received its new Zamboni – when a pipe burst, draining the brine beneath the ice, which keeps the floor cold. A company from Halifax was brought in to repair the damage and there were fears the arena might have been forced to shut down for up to a week, but “we had it going after supper,” on Saturday, Marcott said.
About 30 hours of ice rental was lost due to the busted pipe, and the cost for the repairs might be in the thousands of dollars, but “it could have been worse,” he added.
The rink is scheduled to be back open on Monday and while Marcott said they probably could have had things back to normal on Sunday, “we’re better off waiting until (Monday) to make sure, so that it doesn’t get shut down again.”
A Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League game Sunday night between the Pictou County Scotians and the Cumberland County Blues was moved to the Pictou County Wellness Centre. That game was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.