BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Damontae Lindsay arrived at the Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Family Skating Center on Sunday morning holding a hockey stick in one hand and rolling a portable subwoofer speaker in the other.
“We have to do this for our dead,” Lindsay said. “They (were) my little brothers.”
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Three hours after arriving at the rink, Lindsay scored the game-winning goal in overtime in a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Sentinels.
Lindsay and her Baltimore Banners teammates played in Sunday’s “Bridging the Gap” hockey game honoring deceased teammates Davon “Peanut” Barnes and Abraham “Abe” Luden.
“Once we emerge victorious it will mean a lot,” Daryl Fletcher said before the game. “There are going to be a lot of tears shed, I know. It’s a big game. We are trying to come out with a win.
The Baltimore Banners, made up mostly of young men and boys from downtown, played the Baltimore Sentinels, a first responder team made up mostly of police officers, firefighters, and Shock Trauma nurses.
“It’s a tragedy that they’ve lost two of their teammates in the last year,” said Baltimore Police Department officer Scott Lawrence. “I’ve been on the police department for 15 years and I’ve never faced near loss like Officer (Keona) Holley.”
Holley died last month after being ambushed in her patrol car in December. She was honored before the game along with Peanut and Luden.
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Sentinels player and Baltimore City Fire Department firefighter Mike McKay played Sunday with his three deceased colleagues in the lead. Lt. Kelsey Sadler, firefighter Kenny Lacayo and Lt. Paul Butrim were killed when a vacant house partially collapsed while battling a blaze last month.
“The emotions between the two teams are pretty strong,” McKay said.
The game was also a fundraiser for The TenderBridge, the organization designed to provide opportunities for at-risk youth in the city of Baltimore.
“We’re using this game as a memorial game,” said TenderBridge board member Jamal Perkins. “Not having them here today is probably one of the hardest parts of it. This game, for every single one of them, more emotional than any game we’ve ever played.
A banner was unveiled before the game with Abe’s number 7 and Peanut’s number 14 retired.
“The hardest part today is coming to see him play and my nephew isn’t playing. That’s the hardest part,” Peanut’s aunt Kaneisha Booker said. “It’s like a pain that won’t go away. never.”
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Peanut and Luden were shot on East Monument Street on September 13, 2021.