Following in the footsteps of the annual Panda Game and Capital Hoops, which pits Carleton University and the University of Ottawa against each other, the Colonel By Classic returns after the tremendous success of the inaugural game in 2016. When the two men’s hockey teams collide on November 17 you won’t want to be anywhere else.
Here are the top 5 reasons you shouldn’t miss the 2017 Colonel By Classic:
- Relive the Rivalry
Following footballs thrilling double overtime win at the Panda Game, the cross-town rivalry lives on when men’s hockey clash at The Arena at TD Place. Guaranteed to be an emotionally charged match-up, the Ravens and Gee-Gees are both battling for important points in the ever-competitive OUA East.
- A Homecoming
For some of our Ravens a return to TD Place is a homecoming. For Evan de Haan (Law), Brett Gustavsen (Environmental Studies), Curtis Meighan (Criminology), Jared Steege (Criminology) and Ryan Van Stralen (Psychology), the game is a return to their junior days where they all spent time as members of the Ottawa 67s. The tight, close to the crowd atmosphere of TD Place will allow the players to really hear the fans behind them.
Gustavsen will look to drive the Ravens into the Colonel By Classic after scoring twice in the inaugural affair in 2016.
- Defend the Flag
Last year, your Ravens ran away with the inaugural Colonel By Classic defeating the Gee-Gees at TD Place. Powered by a 4 goal second period, the Ravens rolled on to a 6-2 victory. Having captured the Colonel By Classic flag, which now hangs below the scoreboard in the Carleton Ice House, the Ravens look to keep the flag and bragging rights on campus in 2017.
The Ravens kicked off their season, and home schedule, against the Gee-Gees on November 12 outlasting uOttawa on route to a 6-5 overtime win. Newcomer Fabian Walsh (MBA) scored twice for the Ravens in his debut, while captain Brett Welychka (Psychology) finished off a 4-point night by scoring the overtime winner.
In the second head-to-head match-up between the two teams this season, Travis Douglas (Biology) beat the uOttawa goalie from the left circle scoring the Ravens first of three goals in the opening frame. Dalen Hedges (Psychology) finished the period’s scoring by tallying the eventual game winner on a beautiful through the legs shot.
- Nationally Ranked Ravens Look to Stay Hot
Your Ravens are off to a red-hot start to the 2017-2018 season. The Ravens 8-1-1 record has them second in the OUA East Division, with games in hand on first place McGill. The team has won six straight, including a 4-2 win over uOttawa on Friday night, and is looking to keep momentum rolling. Coming into the weekend ranked 8th in the nation and leading the OUA in goals against, with only 20 allowed through 10 games, the match-up with uOttawa promises to be intense.
Get your tickets at Rodney’s House (AH), Athletics Welcome Centre (AH), the Student Experience Office (430 TB) or Henry’s (UC).
Once you’ve got your tickets, snap a pic of them and tag @curavens on social media for a chance to win $250 on your student card!
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