The Panthers will see home action in the pool and on the ice this weekend as UPEI hosts the 2017 AUS Swimming Championships and UPEI Hockey winds up its regular season.
UPEI Swimming has a busy three days of competition in the Bell Aliant Centre pool. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, AUS Swimming Championship heats begin at 10:00 am with finals at 6:00 pm. UPEI has a small but strong group of swimmers competing.
“This is our one opportunity this year to have all the other teams come in and experience our pool,” said UPEI Swimming head coach Tom Ponting. “We have, by far, the newest and most up-to-date pool in the region. This is the fastest swimming PEI is going to see in a long while. There will be a showcase of young swimmers who are incredibly talented and fast.”
Read Thomas Becker’s preview of the championships here.
UPEI Men’s and Women’s Hockey finishes the regular season at home this weekend. The men host Université de Moncton Friday night at 7:00 pm at MacLauchlan Arena.
“We are heading into our final weekend of regular season,” said coach Forbes MacPherson. “We were excited to secure a playoff position last weekend, however we are still fighting for higher seed opportunities. We want to make sure we are refining all areas of our game, so that we peak for the play-offs!”
Being the last regular season home game, the Panthers will recognize graduating graduating seniors Casey Babineau, Brock Beukeboom, and Nelson Armstrong during a pre-game ceremony. It’s also Ticket Redemption Night. Season ticket holders can redeem unused tickets for an extra ticket to Friday’s game.
AUS Men’s Hockey Playoffs begin next week. “Playoff Holding Seat” tickets will be available for purchase Friday night after the first period. Visit Anne at her table just outside the box office. For those not attending Friday night's game, the box office will be open on Saturday from 1:30-5:00 pm. Ticket cost is $15 and payment is by cash only.
As a special promotion for Friday’s game, Subway will donate 50 cents for every six-inch sub and a dollar for every foot-long sub sold during the game, as well as an hour before game time, and an hour after the game finishes.
UPEI Women’s Hockey hosts St. Thomas University Saturday night at 7:00 pm. Coach Bruce Donaldson said it is fitting to be ending the regular season against the nationally ranked Tommies.
“STU has had their way with us all year and there is no time like your last league game to set the bar for playoff hockey. We need to match their intensity, their patience, and most of all, their specialty team success. STU has scored more goals then any other team, if we want to win, we need to limit their opportunities and take advantage of the few they allow.”
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