BY NATALEIGH MCCALLUM
There are three things Canadians cannot resist: beer, bacon and hockey.
And a free hockey game is even better.
The seasons of Conestoga College’s extramural men’s and women’s hockey teams are underway, and everyone is invited towatch them in action.
An extramural team is for students who want to play at a competitive level but don’t have the time to commit to a varsity team. The two hockey teams play in four, one-day tournaments a year and practise once a week.
Both teams did well in their first tournaments.
The women’s team made it to the championship game, skated hard and gave it their all, but ended up losing 1-0 against Georgian College. The men’s team were crowned champions after winning 3-2 in overtime against Sheridan.
Both teams also played a tournament at Humber recently, with the men being defeated 4-2 by Trent in the semifinals and the women finishing third in their division.
With the recreation centre’s hockey rink being removed, home extramural games are being played at off-campus arenas.
“Students can come and watch,” said Ilana Romanow, the athletic technician and campus recreation co-ordinator at Conestoga. “It is an arena and we’ve rented out the ice so it doesn’t cost anybody anything to come in and watch the games.”
The men’s team will play next at Fanshawe on Jan. 23 and the women will play at Laurier in Brantford on Feb. 3.
The next home games are Feb. 6 at the Cambridge Ice Park Arena for the men and on March 6 at Sportsworld Arena for the women.