Varsity Ice Hockey 2014
29th January 2014
The Capital Fm arena was the setting of this years opening fixture of the charity varsity fixture – Ice hockey. Nottingham Uni took on their Trent counterparts in front of an electric atmosphere fuelled by a crowd of over 8,000. URN were there to cover it from start to finish.
The game started at a frantic pace, however it was UNI who looked the most nervous out of the two sides. The UNI players struggled to deal with their nerves in the early stages and were guilty of ill discipline – Simon Bell being set to the bin early for tripping. This man advantage for Trent, known as a powerplay, was exploited perfectly as the men in pink scored just a few moments later.
This should have warned as a warning sign to the UNI players, but it didn’t moments later Bradshaw was sent to the bin for ill discipline and again Trent exploited their man advantage – Rathbone the scorer assisted by the impressive Jose Leon.
Two goals down early, the Uni team had their first early spell of any possession half way through the first period, even managing to create some of their own chances. However it was Trent who scored next O’Flaherty scoring a counter attack.
UNI didn’t let their heads dropped and enjoyed the better of the rest of the period carving out a number of chances, even having the puck in the net twice only to have the ref disallow the goal on both occasions. The UNI fans didn’t have to wait much longer for something to celebrate though as with 20 seconds left in the opening period, and with only 4 players on the ice, UNI scored on the counter attack – Johnson Brown with the finish.
The second period started as the 1st ended with UNI the far better team. The men in green outplayed their Trent opponents completely at the start of the period and forced a number of top saves from the Trent net minder- Dan Atkinson one of the players coming close firing just over.
Trent’s resistance didn’t hold out though as Bradshaw fired one in from range from UNI to make it 3-2. This was quickly followed by the equalizer Simon Bell sending the UNI fans into raptors and tying the game up.
UNI went into the final period level but with all the momentum. As dominant as Trent had been in the early stages they had been outplayed since. UNI continued this trend and had the puck in the net for what seemed like the winner early in third only to again have the goal disallowed by the ref.
There was only ever going to be one winner though, and the turnaround was complete when James Francis Barrie fired UNI into the lead for the first time in the match.
UNI successfully retained their lead in the late stages and ran out 4-3 winners to the great excitement of all UNI Students
The next varsity fixture is American Football on Friday the 31st of January. Stay tuned to urn1350.net for all your varsity coverage.