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Ice to return to Lockport rinks next week

LOCKPORT – The executive director of Cornerstone Arena said Friday that repairs are being completed to the Lockport rinks’ compressor, and the ice should be ready again next week.

Cimco Refrigeration, which manufactured the $1 million compressor system for the twin-rink complex, sent a repair crew to Lockport after the unit failed late last week and the ice in both rinks melted.

“They feel they’re very close to solving the situation for the long term,” arena director James B. Sullivan said. “We’re very optimistic we’ll have ice next week.”

The meltdown caused the Lockport Express junior hockey team to relocate its games tonight and Sunday from Lockport to Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena. The Express has yet to play a game in Lockport.