Blind Pigs make an impression |

Blind Pigs make an impression

When members of the Steam-boat A League allowed the Craig Blind Pigs into the league this year, they didn’t expect much from their competitor to the west.

Surprise, surprise — the fellows from Craig can play.

“I received an e-mail from a league official after the tournament,” Blind Pig general manager Greg Neal said.

“He told me nobody in the league expected us to do as well as we did.”

The Blind Pigs finished their season on St. Patrick’s Day in Steam-boat with a second-place trophy.

They went into the post-season tournament with a 13-2-1 record and the top seed in the six-team league.

In the tournament, the Pigs finished the initial rounds with a 2-1 record to advance to the championship.

They went into the final knowing that it was going to be a close game with a team they had split with in the regular season.

“We matched up pretty evenly with them,” Neal said.

Despite stellar play from Steve Ivers, the toughest goalie to score on in the league during the regular season, the Pigs lost, 5-3, in the final.

During the regular season, the Blind Pigs played their games at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena in Craig.

The Howelsen Ice Arena in Steamboat has a larger surface.

“We had to adjust to larger ice in Steamboat,” Neal said.

“We played well up there but just couldn’t pull off the title.”

Neal said this year was an exciting start to a chance for adults from Craig to have regular competition.

“There is a tremendous amount of interest for next year,” he said. “Having a chance for weekly games against opponents other than local people helped out.”

The team consisted of players ages 19 to 55 years old.

“We surprised a lot of people,” Neal said.

“It will be fun next year.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or

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