Photos by Keila MacPherson

The Trent Men’s Extramural Hockey Team won the right to the Kawartha Cup after a decisive 11-1 victory over Fleming College’s hockey team on Friday, January 16. The third edition of the annual event took place at the Evinrude Centre, and was co-sponsored by the Trent Central Student Association and the Kawartha Entertainment Group.

The fast-paced game drew quite the crowd, many of whom were sporting Trent swag or signs, and the Trent team gave them plenty of reason to cheer.

Fleming hit the scoreboard first, with a shot in front of the net, five minutes into the first period. One minute later, however, Trent retaliated with two quick goals only 10 seconds apart, beginning the onslaught. By the end of the first period, Trent had scored twice more to bring the score to 4-1. In the second period, Trent scored another four to make the game 8-1 and the third saw Trent claiming another three to finalize the game 11-1.

Unsurprisingly, both the Trent players and coaches were happy with the outcome of the game.

“Based on losing the [Kawartha Cup] the last two years we definitely wanted to win,” said head coach Gavin McKnight in a post-game interview. “Definitely wanted to be an offensive threat.”

“Last couple years we generally started pretty slow,” said McKnight, “and then second half we would pick it up a little bit.”

He feels that the difference this year is the tremendous amount of shooting talent on the team. “Last year we struggled for goals, he said. “This year, that’s definitely not the case.”

This win will certainly be a motivating factor as the team prepares for a tournament at Seneca next week.

In addition to the great hockey, the Kawartha Cup event had some awesome prizes that could be won through a raffle or a game of Chuck the Puck. Prizes included a variety of sports jerseys, Peterborough Petes tickets, and a portable speaker. The Venue Peterborough also donated five pairs of tickets to both Chad Brownlee and Death From Above 1979 for the raffle.

Following the game, the Venue hosted an official after party for the players and spectators. After a game like this, one would imagine that the Trent Men’s Extramural Hockey Team would be more than ready to party.