Monday, January 3, 2011

Cardinal Hockey Team Ranked First in Division

The Andrews University Cardinal Hockey Team is representing the school well this season. The Cardinals are first-place in the B Silver Division at the Ice Box Skating Rink in South Bend, Ind. The team plays in a men’s recreation league against six other teams and currently holds a winning 7-4 record.

“This is the eighth year I’ve been involved with the Cardinals in a men’s recreation league,” says John Banks, team coach/sponsor and professor of physical therapy. “We’ve always done well. Every year, we’ve been one of the top three teams in divisions we’ve been placed in. There has been a steady improvement with many individuals as players and the team as a balanced, cohesive group.”

This year, the Cardinals have played and beaten opponents such as Goshen College and University of Notre Dame faculty, winning some games by as many as 10 goals. The team currently leads the league in most goals for (59) and least goals against (30) and is the only team having won two shutout games.

The Cardinal hockey team is comprised of community members, University students and faculty. The roster includes: Ryan Agrey, Gordon Atkins, Kyle Cothran, Mat Feeley, Gary Johnson, Jeff Martins, Mike Martins, JC Neu, Andrew Pagels, Ruben Rios, Rob Ryan, Jared Slack, Nate Stafford (captain), Braden Teller, Daniel Tryon (alt. captain), and Paul Vivier.

The Cardinal’s 26-game season will end in early April. The next game is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 10 p.m. at the Ice Box Skating Rink in South Bend, Ind. Students, faculty and community members are invited to attend free-of-charge.

For more information, visit www.iceboxskatingrink.org or check out www.eteamz.com/sbshl/calendar/ to view a complete hockey schedule.

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