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Cambridge Ice Arena set to host Cambridge versus Oxford in the Varsity Ice Hockey Matches

The Ice Hockey Varsity Matches are being held in Cambridge this Saturday (March 7). Picture: Keith Heppell
The Ice Hockey Varsity Matches are being held in Cambridge this Saturday (March 7). Picture: Keith Heppell

Lucas Maddalena wants to make sure that Cambridge University emerge on the right side of history in the Varsity Ice Hockey Matches.

There will be a first when the new Cambridge Ice Arena hosts the women’s (4pm) and men’s (7pm) showdowns with Oxford on Saturday (March 7).

“Given the history of the Oxbridge Ice Hockey rivalry, which dates back to 1885, being able to play in the Varsity Match any year is special,” said CUIHC men’s president Maddalena.

“This year’s match, being the first one played in Cambridge, represents a uniquely special opportunity for players and everyone else involved.

“I think all of us feel incredibly fortunate that we happen to be here in this particular year. It will absolutely be an honour to be a part of the weekend, and something that we’ll be able to look back on with pride for as long as we can.”

Oxford currently lead the way in terms of overall wins, but Cambridge have won four of the past five men’s Blues matches and the last two women’s Blues matches.

“With this year marking the beginning of a new era in which Cambridge finally has a home rink in the city, we’re hopeful that the Varsity Match numbers will tilt in Cambridge’s direction in the coming years,” said Maddalena.

The men’s team finished their BUCS season on the back of three successive victories to end with a record of five wins, one draw and two defeats to finish near the top of the division.

“Heading into the game this year, we feel quietly confident about our team’s abilities and are motivated to ensure we are ready to give our best team performance of the year,” said Maddalena.

“We’ve had some recent success to close out the league competition but feel far from complacent, knowing that the ultimate challenge still lies ahead with Varsity.

“In a big match like this with a big crowd watching and supporting us, it will be essential for all our players to maintain their focus and composure throughout the whole game.

“This is a point of emphasis for us over the final few days of preparation.”

The women’s team are currently top of their league with four wins, one draw and one defeat, while there has also been a Cambridge Huskies development team for the first time, and they have chalked up a success.

Tickets to the matches must be purchased in advance, but are selling out fast. They cost £10 for the Women’s Blues Varsity Match at 4pm and the Men’s Blues Varsity Match at 7pm.

It costs £5 for the Development Squad Varsity Match at 4pm and Men’s Second Team Varsity at 7pm on Sunday (March 8).

To buy tickets, visit joinagora.com/events/27220/?view=public#tickets

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