Parks ready to return 

Jason Malloy
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Veteran will be in Panthers crease tonight in Moncton

UPEI Panthers goalie Mavric Parks makes his first start in a month tonight in Moncton.

The fifth-year senior sustained a lower-body injury on Jan. 8 against St. FX. He missed the last 10 Atlantic University Sport regular games and is anxious to return to the blue ice.

"It's been a long time," Parks said before Tuesday's practice. "It's going to be nice to get back out there and go to war with the boys."

Parks said the type of injury made it hard to pinpoint when he would be able to return. His status was week-to-week for a while, making it difficult psychologically.

"You have to kind of bide your time and make sure when you do come back you're ready to go and not jumping the gun on the injury," he said.

The 25-year-old Eganville, Ont., native has pro aspirations after his university career is over, but he is hoping those decisions are a long ways away.

"We have a good, young team with a lot of skill and a lot of heart," he said. "We just want to get back into fundamentally sound hockey, play our systems and play hard, disciplined hockey."

The timing of the goalie's return is important given the time of the year.

UPEI concludes the regular season with tonight's road game and Friday's home contest with UNB. Both games start at 7 p.m.

"For him to get dialed in for the playoffs, it's crucial he gets some time in the net under game speed," head coach Forbes MacPherson said.

UPEI (11-12-3) is one point up on Moncton (11-13-2) and can clinch fifth place with a win tonight. Moncton is at St. Thomas on Friday to complete the regular season. St. FX is currently third and Saint Mary's fourth.

"We know we'll be starting Round 1 of the playoffs on the road," MacPherson said Tuesday. "Our focus for tomorrow is executing a good game plan and making sure we play well on the road."

UPEI was hurt in its last game with Moncton by long passes.

"We knew that heading into the last time we played them," MacPherson said.

"We addressed it. For the most part we did a great job of shutting it down, but there was a couple incidents it got away from us and they made us pay the price."

A large number of Moncton players are nursing injuries and will probably miss the game. It includes forwards Alex Noël and Danny Chiasson and defencemen Sébastien Gauthier, Samuel Roussy and Mathieu Martin.

"We can still climb to fifth place and we will do all we can to get there,” said forward Pier-Antoine Dion, who has been playing defence for a month because of the injuries. “I really like playing in this position. The other players and coaches are really helping me get better. I will return as a forward whenever the coach asks me.” Adrien Lemay will be in the Moncton crease. 


A look at the 2015-16 regular season men's hockey games between UPEI and Moncton:

Oct. 21

UPEI 2 at Moncton 4

Nov. 4

Moncton 3 at UPEI 5

Jan. 27

Moncton 2 at UPEI 4


UPEI at Moncton, 7 p.m.


This week's Panthers action


Men's hockey

7 p.m. – UPEI at Moncton.


10 a.m. – AUS swimming championship at Dalhousie (heats)

6 p.m. – AUS swimming championship at Dalhousie (finals)

Men's hockey

7 p.m. – UNB at UPEI*


10 a.m. – AUS swimming championship at Dalhousie (heats)

Women's hockey

3 p.m. – St. FX at UPEI.

6 p.m. – AUS swimming championship at Dalhousie (finals)

Women's basketball

6 p.m. – Memorial at UPEI.

Men's basketball

8 p.m. Memorial at UPEI.


10 a.m. – AUS swimming championship at Dalhousie (heats)

Women's basketball

11 a.m. – Memorial at UPEI.

Men's basketball

1 p.m. Memorial at UPEI.

Women's hockey

2 p.m. – Saint Mary's at UPEI*

6 p.m. – AUS swimming championship at Dalhousie (finals)

* Seniors night/day

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Moncton, Saint Mary, Eganville St. Thomas

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