In a very high scoring game, the Lobbyists beat the Lawmakers 9-7 on Wednesday night in the traditional Congressional Hockey Challenge .
Hosted at the Kettler Capitals IcePlex, the practice facility for the NHL's Washington Capitals in Arlington, Va., five members of Congress played for the Lawmakers. They were: Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Patrick Meehan , R-Pa., Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and John Katko, R-N.Y. Each member had at least a point, meaning either a goal or an assist. In a back-and-forth game over all three periods, the Lawmakers tied it 7-7 with with about four minutes left. Andrew Mills of the Niskanen Center scored the game-winning goal for the Lobbyists with 90 seconds left. Then the lawmakers pulled their goalie in an attempt to come back and the Lobbyists got another goal on an empty net.
The members played alongside lawmakers from Canada, members of the USA Warriors Hockey team and Capitol Hill staffers. Belying Canada's stereotypical nice-guy image, one of the Canadian Members of Parliament on the Lawmakers Team, Alex Nuttall, ended up in the penalty box at one point for "unnecessary roughness."
The victorious Lobbyists team included Kathy Black of Coca-Cola, Kraig Siracuse of Park Strategies and Seth Webb of Google, among others.
In last year’s game, the Lawmakers won 3-2 over the Lobbyists. An online action to raise more money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club and USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program remains open until 10 p.m. on Thursday.