Panthers at Home, November 10-11

Basketball, hockey, and rugby are all scheduled to defend the home turf
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Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Panthers play UNB twice over the weekend

Friday and Saturday are packed for the Panthers at home. Catch action for Women’s and Men’s Hockey, Women’s and Men’s Basketball, and the Maritimes University Men’s Rugby Championship game.

UPEI Women’s Basketball starts the weekend with the first of two games against the University of New Brunswick. The tip-off for both Friday and Saturday’s games is at 6:00 pm.

“After a split with Saint Mary’s on the road last weekend, our team is looking forward to playing at home against another strong AUS opponent,” said coach Greg Gould. “I felt we defended well against Saint Mary’s and are looking to step up our offence against UNB. It often comes down to the little things like rebounding, taking care of the basketball, making our free throws, and sharing the basketball.”

UPEI Men’s Basketball also hosts UNB for a pair of games. Friday and Saturday’s games begin at 8:00 pm.

“This weekend’s games present some very serious challenges for us defensively,” said coach Darrell Glenn. “If we want to have any hope of competing, we will have to do a much better job in defensive transition and defensive rebounding than we did last weekend.”

UPEI Men’s Hockey plays at home in MacLauchlan Arena Friday and Saturday night. Friday, the Panthers take on Dalhousie University; Saturday, it’s St. Francis Xavier University’s turn to play. Both games start at 7:00 pm.

“We continue to work very hard, clean up some areas, and focus on the process,” said coach Forbes MacPherson. “There are times that we are very pleased with our game. We need to pull together and hopefully get rewarded with a pair of wins.”

Fresh off of its victory last weekend for the NB/PEI University Men’s Rugby Championship, the Panthers are ready to play St. Francis Xavier University in the Maritime University Men’s Rugby Championship. The game starts at 2:00 pm.

“I think the last time we played St. FX, I was playing for UPEI and not coaching, so we certainly aren’t familiar with the opponent we face on Saturday,” said coach Charles Waddell. “Our plan is to work hard, play our game, and leave it all out on the field.”

UPEI Women’s Hockey has just one game at home this weekend. The Panthers play Université de Moncton at 3:00 pm. Coach Bruce Donaldson says his team is hungry for a win.

“This will be our fourth game against them (including exhibition), and Moncton has won each time by a goal,” said Donaldson. “We really need to do a better job defending on the penalty-kill. Moncton moves the puck very well and does a great job of getting the puck to open players for scoring opportunities. This is a big weekend for our program—we have some ground to make up in the standings, so we need all our players on the same page.”

UPEI is proud to participate in “Keep It Social”—a program that UPEI Athletics and the PEI Liquor Control Commission have partnered on that helps students make responsible decisions when it comes to alcohol. Visit keepitsocial.ca to learn more.

The Panther Package is still the best sports deal on the Island! For just $75, the Panther Package gives you admission to every home game for UPEI Women’s and Men’s Basketball, and UPEI Women’s Hockey. Head to gopanthersgo.ca and click on ‘tickets’.

And don’t forget season tickets for UPEI Men’s Hockey! Your $190 dollars gives you a reserved seat, 15 individual tickets, 2-for-1 golf at Fox Meadows Golf and Country Club (until May 31, 2018), a 10% discount card at Source for Sports, 2-for-1 large pizza for the year at Domino’s, and a $50 discount towards your Panther Package.

Remember, UPEI students get into all Panther home games for free. Let’s fill the stands and make 2017–18 the best season ever.

Ron Annear
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