Though they fell victim to Mount Allison 2–1 on Friday night, the UPEI Women’s Hockey team still has a chance to advance through to the final when they face St. Francis Xavier on Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 pm at the Subway AUS Women’s Hockey Championship. All tournament games are at the Tantramar Civic Centre in Sackville, NB but are being broadcast via the web on AUStv.ca.
In last night’s game against the home team, the Panthers were strong offensively but just couldn’t find the mesh due to the stellar performance by Mt. A goalie, Meghan Corley-Byrne, who stopped 42 shots. UPEI’s lone goal came from Kiersten Visser, also named player of the game for the Panthers. With a win against St. FX, the AUS defending champions will face either SMU or STU in the final, Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 pm.
On the men’s side, the Panthers overcame a game 1 loss against UNB to tie up the best three-of-five series Friday night when they beat the Varsity Reds 4–2 at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton.
Games 3 and 4 of the Subway AUS Men’s Hockey Semi-Finals will take place back on Island ice at MacLauchlan Arena. General tickets go on sale at the CARI Box Office on Sunday, February 24, 12:00–5:00 pm, and on Monday, February 25, 12:00–5:00 pm. Tickets are $15 each and are limited to 4 per person.
For Panther fans who don’t have tickets but want to experience hockey playoff action and some ‘cowboy' spirit, UPEI Athletics and Recreation, in partnership with The Wave, has opened the Molson Saloon. Opening at 5:00 pm and accessible via the CARI Complex lobby for those aged 19 and older, the saloon is located on the third court of the gym and will feature the live AUStv webcast of the games on an eight-foot big screen. Admission to the saloon is $5/per person but is free for game ticket holders who want to join in before game-time or during intermissions.
UPEI students will have two opportunities to win free tickets to game 3. Beginning last Friday, full-time UPEI students who presented a valid student ID at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre front desk had their names entered into a draw for 50 rush tickets. Winning students will be listed on the gopanthersgo.ca website on Saturday, February 23 at 5:00 pm. Another 50 tickets will be available during a special promotion at the Molson Saloon on Monday, February 25 from 5:00–6:45 pm.