There's no rest for the UPEI women's hockey and men's basketball teams this holiday season as both hit the road to test their mettle before the second half of the season. The women are in Montreal for the 2019 Theresa Humes Tournament, while the men are in Halifax for the Rod and Joan Shoveller Memorial Men's Basketball Tournament.
The UPEI women's hockey team has had a tremendous start to their season, sitting at number five in the national rankings. The Humes Tournament at Concordia from December 28 to 30 gives them a chance to play some of the biggest names in U SPORTS hockey.
"This will be a great bench mark for the program," said Bruce Donaldson, coach of the UPEI women's hockey team. "Concordia, presently ranked first, and Montreal, ranked fourth, will give us a very stiff challenge. The team has been off the ice for three weeks heading into these games, so it will be the little things we do that will make a difference. The trip also acts as a mid-year team-builder and will help with our strategy as we move into the second half and onto the playoffs."
The Shoveller also takes place from December 28 to 30. The UPEI men's basketball team starts the tournament with a game against Acadia University.
"The Shoveller is a great way to get the legs moving in a game situation before league play starts on January 4," said Darrell Glenn, coach of the UPEI men's basketball team. "Our opening game against Acadia is going to be very important. I'm thankful that we have an opportunity to work some things out before we match up against the Axemen in the regular season."
Go Panthers Go!
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