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27 February 2012
Nottingham Trent edge ice hockey thriller

The University of Nottingham put in a superb shift at the capital FM Arena in the city but still went down 7-5 in the Varsity Series 2012 ice hockey.

In a highly-charged, partisan and vociferous atmosphere the sell-out crowd were treated to a see-saw game with its fair share of passion and aggression, trouble spilling over just a few times into mini brawls.

This event is the biggest of the Varsity Series and with almost 7,000 spectators is almost certainly the biggest event of its kind outside North America.

Both teams normally play together as the Nottingham Universities Mavericks but they split into their respective institutions for this one-off encounter.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) powered into an easy 2-0 lead at the beginning of the first period looking as if they would overrun a UoN team who were yet to settle. But settle they did and clawed two goals back, through Stewart Bates and Kenneth Klinge, to finish the first period level at 2-2.

The middle period was a much more tense affair as the University took the lead through a Thomas Griffiths power play goal only for NTU to pull one back at the end of the period leaving the teams level at 3-3 going into the final period. Tired legs lead to a further six goals and although UoN took the lead again thanks to Jack Clarkson NTU came back to make it 4-4. The opposition’s  superior strength and staying power saw them push on to win the game 7-5 at the final hooter. The final UoN goal came from Roland Soltys.

All the money raised on the night will go this year to Cerebral Palsy Sport, a charity which is dedicated to providing opportunities for those4 with cerebral palsy to fulfil their sporting potential.

The Varsity Series 2012 continues now with Swimming, American Football at the Harvey Hadden Stadium and hockey. Find out more about the series at: http://www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/news/article/6001/3396/

•    Meanwhile, there’s a further chance to see the Mavericks during the special Alumni Sports Challenge Weekend on 16th/17th June. A special ice hockey Mavericks versus Ice Hockey Alumni match will take place at the smaller rink at the National Ice Centre. If you would like to play in the match or come along and watch please contact alumni-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk


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