It's a weekend of firsts and lasts for the UPEI Panthers! Men's Hockey kicks off the 2017-18 AUS season with its home-opener Friday night. Women's Rugby plays its final home game of the regular season with another battle with Acadia.
UPEI Men's Hockey starts off the weekend and season with a game Friday at 7 pm against the University of New Brunswick. Coach Forbes MacPherson said an extended training camp and pre-season has really helped his young team to gel.
"It has provided us with opportunity to introduce our philosophy and systems," said MacPherson. "We have showed early glimpses of very good play, and other times examples of areas we need to clean up. We are very excited to put efforts towards our regular season. This team is very young and brings a lot of energy and excitement to the rink. I'm really looking forward to Friday and getting the season going."
UPEI Women's Rugby plays its final home game of the regular season Saturday at 2 pm against Acadia University.
"Acadia is coming off a big home win against St Mary's University," said Women's Rugby coach John LaBoyne. "The Panthers are improving week by week. We will get in some spirited practices this week in preparation. Panther fans should be in for a great game Saturday with a 2 pm kick off at Alumni Stadium. Wear some green, come out and cheer the rugby team on."
This is the perfect time to pick up season tickets for UPEI Men's Hockey. Your $190 gives you a reserved seat, 15 individual tickets, 2 for 1 golf at Fox Meadows (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! For just $75, the Panther Package gives you admission to every home game for UPEI Women's and Men's Soccer, UPEI Women's and Men's Rugby, UPEI Women's and Men's Basketball, and UPEI Women's Hockey. Head to gopanthersgo.ca and click on 'tickets'!
And don't forget, UPEI students get into all Panther home games free. Let's fill the stands and make 2017–18 the best season ever!