The UTM men’s tri-campus hockey team battled St. George’s Red team last Monday, October 21.
UTM played with a short lineup; fourth-year defenceman Mark Runciman and third-year centre Sebastian Klitch had suffered injuries.
St. George Red scored first, early in the first period, but UTM’s centreman Anthony Theroux quickly answered and tied the score. St. George Red replied with another goal to take the lead, leaving the score at 2-1 to end the first period.
UTM came out much stronger in the second period, scoring two goals. Defenceman Zack Zubac scored with a rocket slapshot from the point, while Theroux, after many shots and opportunities, scored his team’s third goal and his second of the night, giving UTM a 3-2 lead at the end of the second period.
Rory Bourgeois, a third-year political science major, scored at the opening of the third period, while UTM’s Dante Labog sealed the deal with the fifth and final goal of the game, making the final score 5-2.
UTM players were thankful to their goalie Ben Gryschuk, whose superb goaltending kept them in the lead.
“The game could have gone either way,” says Charlie Foster, a second-year medical student. “Ben played unreal out there.”
Even so, Bourgeois was not thrilled with UTM’s performance. “We were soft on battles and sloppy with the puck. We got lucky,” he said.
UTM plays their next game on Monday, October 28 against St. George Black at the U of T Varsity Arena.