Lake George welcomes Granite City Pond Hockey championship Friday

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Jan 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - The rinks are ready, the teams are lined up and all systems are go as St. Cloud gets set to enjoy hockey in the great outdoors this weekend.

The puck drops out on Lake George at 10 a.m. Friday for the first games of the Granite City Pond Hockey championship. The three-day tournament features 6-man teams battling in five divisions on the frozen pond.

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Event organizer Gary Hines says after worries about the high temperatures last week, this weekend's conditions were lining up perfect for hockey as nature intended.

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"They're talking about 17 or 18 degrees on Saturday, which is absolutely perfect in terms of pond hockey. Then again on Sunday, 20-plus degrees, so it's actually really good temps," Hines said.

Admission is free -- food vendors will be on hand, serving up burgers, brauts and drinks. The games run through Sunday.

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