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Panthers look to slow down first-place UNB tonight at MacLauchlan Arena

The UPEI Panthers play in the Atlantic University Sport.
The UPEI Panthers play in the Atlantic University Sport. - Contributed

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The UPEI Panthers look to slow down the top-ranked UNB Varsity Reds tonight in Atlantic University Sport men’s hockey action.

Game time is 7 p.m. at MacLauchlan Arena.

The Reds (19-1-3) have a 10-point lead on second place but show no signs of slowing down and cruising into the playoffs after thumping Moncton 10-0 on Wednesday.

UNB’s Christopher Clapperton is second in the conference in scoring with 33 points, one point ahead of UPEI’s Kameron Kielly.

The Panthers (11-8-2) are one point back of St. FX and Moncton for third place but have played one fewer game then the X-Men and have two games in hand on the Aigles Bleus.

The Panthers conclude the weekend Saturday by travelling to Moncton for a 7 p.m. contest.

Women’s hockey

UPEI’s women’s hockey squad continues a busy week on Saturday.

They host UNB at 2 p.m. in their annual pink in the rink game before hosting the Mount Allison Mounties Sunday at 2 p.m. at the O’Leary Sports Centre.

The Panthers, who are hosting the U Sports national championships this year and next, are 11-8-1 after defeating the Mounties 3-2 Wednesday in Sackville, N.B. Assistant captain Rachel Colle leads UPEI in scoring with 13 points.

Basketball

The Panthers basketball squads play the unusual schedule of having home games today and Sunday.

The Panthers host the St. FX X-Men tonight at 6 and 8 p.m. and the Dalhousie Tigers Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday’s 1 p.m. contest is the women’s Panthers annual shoot for the cure game.

UPEI’s women’s squad (9-1) is looking to keep pace with Cape Breton (10-1) atop the standings. The Capers won on Wednesday to pull two points ahead of the Panthers. The X-Women are 0-10 while the Tigers are 6-5.

Jenna Mae Ellsworth leads the Panthers in scoring at 16.2 while Caroline Del Santo leads the conference in rebounding and blocks at 12 and two, respectively, per game.

The men’s Panthers (3-7) are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak. The X-Men are 3-7 while the Tigers are 6-5.

Guard Amin Suleman is the Panthers top scorer at 13.7 points per game.

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