UPEI hosts Dal Friday and St. FX on Saturday. Joel Ward and senior-year players to be honoured

UPEI hosts Dal Friday and St. FX on Saturday. Joel Ward and senior-year players to be honoured

UPEI (13-12-3) sits in fifth place of the AUS conference going into games this weekend as they get ready to host Dalhousie (7-20-1) on Friday and St. FX (15-10-3) on Saturday. Game time both nights is 7pm at MacLauchlan Arena.

Alumni hockey player day; Senior players recognition; Joel Ward banner raising to rafters

Saturday night will be jam-packed with events as senior year players will be recognized before the games; Joel Ward is in the province and will have his number once again raised to the rafters of MacLauchlan Arena, and the alumni hockey players will parade on the ice in a pre-game ceremony following their own alumni player games

Goaltender Matt Mancina named UPEI male athlete of the week for Jan 28-Feb 3.

Matt Mancina is a second-year business student from Windsor, Ontario and a goalie with the UPEI Men's Hockey team. Mancina had a .949 save percentage in the Panthers 4–2 victory over Université de Moncton. "Matthew was very good and made key saves in key moments," said coach Forbes MacPherson. "Early in the game, U de M had a five-on-three penalty plan. There were a couple of big saves, we killed the penalties, and even scored a short-handed goal. It was a big boost, and Matthew was dialled in the rest of the game."

Friday, Feb. 8 vs. DAL

Special Recognition of UPEI Women's Hockey during pre-game ceremony

Saturday, Feb. 9 vs. St. FX – Alumni Hockey Player Day

The best group of alumni players in the country will once again celebrate their connection with UPEI this Saturday during Hockey Alumni Day.

More than 60 former players will participate in a new game format this year which will see two divisions, under 45 and over 45.  The brief games begin at 425 at Maclauchlan Arena and finish at 5:30. All former players including those from SDU and PWC will have its annual walk-out ceremony before the 7pm varsity game against St FX.  Players will meet in the arena near the Zamboni entrance for the parade. 

Senior players recognition

The time-honoured tradition of recognizing players in their seniors years will take place before Saturday's game. This year there are five players to be recognized: Beni Berisha, Sam Aulie, Austin Levi, Cody Payne and captain Brent Andrews.

Joel Ward banner raising

Former Panther Joel Ward is in the province and will have his banner once again raised to the rafters of MacLauchlan Arena during the pre-game ceremony before the game against St FX.

Here's The Guardian's story

https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/hockey/joel-ward-to-have-his-banner-re-raised-during-upei-panthers-mens-hockey-alumni-weekend-282300/

Playoffs

AUS 1/4 Final Playoff Tickets will be available on Monday at the Eastlink Box Office or on-line at eastlinkcentrepei.com

Bit and bites

Kameron Kielly, (15g,24a), leads the Panthers in scoring and is in second place in AUS scoring… Cody Payne (11g, 14a) is next in UPEI scoring, followed by Gabe Guertler (10g,14a) and Filip Rydstrom (12g,11a)…  defenceman Owen Headrick (5g, 15a) is third best among AUS rearguards… Doug Blaisdell (3g,10a) is second in Panthers blueline scoring… Kielly leads in shots on goal with 104 followed by Guertler with 84… Troy Lajeunesse leads plus/minus at plus-2… Andrew Picco has 89 PIM, followed by Guertler with 79 and Payne with 68… Simon Hofley, has a 3.81 GAA and his 1288 minutes played is third most in the conference…

*NOTE: It will be Ticket Redemption Weekend. Season ticket holders with unused tickets can redeem at the box office at either game.