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Men’s hockey readies for Brantford tournament after losses to George Brown, UTSC

Kyle Drinnan, Sports Reporter

The Humber Hawks were the first team to be eliminated last week at a men’s extramural hockey tournament at Seneca.

On last Friday, the second-seeded Humber Hawks entered the four-team tournament last Friday at the Newnham campus in North York.

Their first game was against a tough opponent, the top ranked George Brown Huskies.

The Huskies struck early in the morning game, who scored two goals in the first period. The Hawks would respond with a goal in the second, but it went quiet as the game finished 2-1 with the Hawks going into the loser bracket against University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

“We just didn’t start on time,” said Hawks forward Johnny Ruppert. “After a while we got our heads into it and started to play what we know and what we know is playing a great game.”

Even though they are at the bottom of the tournament playing the first match of the loser’s bracket, they still knew that being a small tournament, and how well the Huskies play, there was a possibility of them playing them in the future.

“We see that they are the first seed and that makes us want it more. We want to be the first seed in Ontario and that makes us want to work for it more,” Ruppert said.

But they needed to beat UTSC in the first loser’s bracket. Which started well as Ruppert got the first goal in the first shift of the game. The Hawks dominated the game but the score didn’t budge for most of the game.

But Humber took a penalty with a minute left and with the man ad- vantage, UTSC pulled their goalie.

During the six-on-four the Hawks were kept in their zone and a slapshot from the blue line tied to score with 33 seconds left.

A shootout was needed to determine which team would be eliminated from the tournament.

In the first round, both teams failed to score, but UTSC scored in the next two shots while Humber failed to respond.

“We can blame anyone for this loss but at some point, we need to be grownups and understand that we are a team,” head coach Scott Creighton said.

Despite the early departure, Creighton was looking for the future already. “We have five practices until our next tournament in Brantford,” he said. “We will have things to work on but I know this will be a great learning moment for them.”

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