The UTM men’s hockey team travelled downtown to Varsity Arena to take on the UTSC Raccoons for the annual East-West Classic hockey game. Fans from UTM who hopped on a bus from the RAWC were given t-shirts that read “What a Maroon”, poking fun at UTSC (whose school colour is maroon).
The puck dropped on Thursday night at 9 p.m., and the competition was fierce; UTM had a number of scoring opportunities, but could not capitalize. UTSC scored two unanswered goals in the first period. UTM came out strong in the second, and veteran Anthony Theroux scored the team’s only goal. UTSC quickly followed up with another goal.
In the third and final period of the game, the Eagles had various breakaway opportunities, but just could not get past UTSC’s goalie. UTSC netted another two goals, making the final score of the game 5–1. Rookie Mark Runciman got a game misconduct and a one-game suspension for a scrum behind the net.
The Eagles also went downtown to dance and cheer along with UTM fans. UTSC brought their fans and mascot, too, and gave away maroon t-shirts with the words “Duck Hunt” and a picture of a duck from the Nintendo game Duck Hunt. Scarborough’s fans easily outnumbered Mississauga’s, and came prepared with signs supporting their favourite players.
This outing marked the beginning of UTM’s November hockey incentive. Meanwhile, the athletics department, UTMSU, UTMAC, Student Housing and Residence Life, the International Centre, and Peer Health Educators have all collaborated to bring a skating rink to UTM. The rink will be set up outside of the Kaneff Centre on Thursday, November 1 from 12 to 8 p.m., and on Friday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.