BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Damontae Lindsay arrived at the Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Family Skating Center Sunday morning, a hockey stick in one hand and a portable subwoofer in the other.
“We have to do it for our fallen,” Lindsay said. “They (are) my little brothers.”
Three hours after arriving on the field, Lindsay scored the winning goal in extra time in a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Sentinels.
Lindsay and his Baltimore Banners teammates played the “Bridge of the Distance” hockey game on Sunday in honor of fallen teammates Davon “Peanut” Barnes and Abraham “Abe” Luden.
“Once we win, that will mean a lot,” Daryl Fletcher said before the game. “There will be a lot of tears, I know. It’s a big game. We are trying to win. “
Banner Baltimore, composed primarily of inner-city youth and boys, plays the Baltimore Sentinels, a first responder team consisting primarily of police, firefighters, and Trauma nurses.
“It is a tragedy that they lost two of their teammates over the past year,” said Baltimore police officer Scott Lawrence. “I’ve been in the police department for 15 years and I’ve never faced a loss quite like Police (Keona) Holley.”
Holley died last month after she was ambushed in her patrol car in December. She was honored before the game along with Peanut and Luden.
Sentinels player and Baltimore City Fire Department Firefighter Mike McKay played Sunday with three fallen colleagues in his mind. Lieutenant Kelsey Sadler, firefighter Kenny Lacayo and lieutenant Paul Butrim were killed when an empty house partially collapsed when they were fighting a fire last month.
“Emotions between both teams are pretty strong,” McKay said.
The game was also a fundraiser for The TenderBridge, an organization designed to provide opportunities for at-risk youth in the City of Baltimore.
“We are using this as a memorial game,” said TenderBridge Board Member Jamal Perkins. “Not having them here today is probably one of the hardest parts about it. This game is, for every last game, more emotional than any game we’ve ever played. ”
A banner was unveiled before the game against Abe’s No. 7 and Retired Peanut’s No. 14.
“The hardest thing today was going to see him play and my nephew didn’t play. That’s the hardest part,” says Peanut’s aunt Kaneisha Booker. “It’s like a pain that never goes away.”
Peanut and Luden were shot dead on East Monument Street on September 13, 2021.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/21/baltimore-hockey-team-honors-fallen-friends-firefighters-and-officer-keona-holley/ Baltimore Hockey Team Honors Fallen Friends, Firefighters and Officer Keona Holley – CBS Baltimore