A large crowd was on hand at Hodgins-Berardo Arena in Coleraine Sunday for the 18th annual Beefy Lawson Memorial Hockey Game and Fund Raiser.
The Old Time Taconite Hornets defeated the Law Enforcement All-Stars in the featured attraction of the afternoon by a 6-2 score. But, the hockey team was one of just many attractions at the event.
The Dazzling Diamonds precision skating group from Greenway dazzled the crowd with their expertise, followed by another great performance by the Blades of Steel. The Little Gems then delighted the crowd with their skill.
Sarah Holmbeck received huge applause after singing the national anthem which led into the start of the hockey game. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8831 of Pengilly provided the color guard.
The Hornets scored three unanswered goals in the first period of the two-period contest, with all the goals coming within 1:32 of each other. John Elioff scored the first Taconite goal at 13:07 with Dave Bruns and Don "Block" Hanson getting assists.
Mike Gager scored the second Hornets goal just eight seconds later with Elioff assisting. Then, at 14:39, the Hornets struck again when Todd Lawson turned on the red light with Pat Guyer assisting.
Five lucky contestants were selected for the Puck Shoot to win the Polaris four-wheeler offered by Deer River Implement and Sports. Unfortunately, none of the contestants were successful.
In the second period, Gary "Bucky" Orhn, with Mark "Spook" Chamberlain assisting, gave the Hornets a 4-0 lead. Chamberlain scored just 36 seconds later with Frank Peluso and Dan "Wang" Guyer getting assists as Taconite led 5-0.
Hanson scored the final Taconite goal of the evening.
The Law Enforcement All-Stars scored two late goals. Pete Stauber scored both goals for the All-Stars. Gino Peluso assisted on both Stauber goals while Shawn Brown received an assist on the first goal.
Brian Harlsin had 31 saves in the nets for the Hornets while Mike Rantala kicked out 34 shots in the nets for the All-Stars.
The game is conducted annually in memory of Robert "Beefy" Lawson, who died in 1981, at the age of 51, while on duty as a deputy with the Itasca County Sheriff's Department. He was slain trying to help children.
Lawson was raised in Taconite and was well-known for being involved in community affairs that benefited youth activities. A father of seven children and 23 grandchildren, he dedicated himself to his family and to youth sports.
Proceeds from the game go to the Beefy Lawson Memorial Fund. The intent of the fund is to preserve the memory of Beefy's devotion to youth, both on the job and off the job, and in light of that memory, to develop and promote projects to enhance the ability of Itasca County recreational facilities and programs, and to serve as many young people in the county as possible.