Oxford Blues are VM Champions: Blues crush tabs 17-1 in Varsity Match!

 

On March 3rd, 2012 the Oxford Dark Blues hosted the Cambridge Lights Blues for the 92nd Varsity Match at Oxford Ice Rink. Those who attended are still trying to come to terms with the carnage that unfolded before them. Oxford buried their opponents with a final score of 17-1. This is the largest VM margin in ice hockey since 1993 when Oxford shutout Cambridge 19-0. Nothing explains the Dark Blues' victory better than five months of intense training. The Oxford squad met six times a week for grueling workouts that included sprints, strength conditioning and on-ice practice. It was this season-long commitment that separated them from their VM opponents. Nine of Oxford's fifteen skaters contributed to the goal-scoring, a testament to the individual growth seen in each of the team's players.

 

Oxford scored short-handed, even strength and on the power play. Goals went in on snipes, dangles and rebounds. They ended the first period with a 5-1 lead, extended it to a 10-1 lead by the second, and dumped 7 more in the back of net by the end of the third. In all the Cambridge goaltenders faced over seventy shots. In what has to be a Varsity Match first, Oxford resident Namibian Rashid Muhamadrahimov earned his first career ice hockey goal. Adrian Haight's (Canada) “man of the match” performance put four goals on the board, while his linemate Jonathan Morrison (Canada) scored a hattrick of his own. Mark Smith's (Canada) gritty play and hunger for goals earned him Juggernaut status.

 

Fortunately, the two rivals were able to put the lopsided match behind them and celebrated the VM tradition at an after party attended by fans, friends and family of both teams. Although Oxford's season reached its climax with a VM victory, it is not over. The Blues are still have to face-off against the London Dragons to decide who will play for the national British University Ice Hockey Association's cup.

 

The Oxford Blues would like to thank all the fans that made it out to the game on March 3 for their continued support. The game could not have been such a sucess without them! Please stay tuned for future Oxford Blues matches coming up in trinity term.