Bears to battle Ooks in Face-Off 2018

    Bears and Ooks to meet on December 28th at NAIT Arena

    By NAIT Athletics on December 19, 2018

    EDMONTON, ALTA. - The NAIT Ooks are set to play host to the University of Alberta Golden Bears on December 28th at 7:00 pm in the NAIT Arena, as a part of Face-Off 2018. The two teams will be playing each other for the second-straight year since reviving the historic Face-Off rivalry last year at Northlands Coliseum. 

    The meeting this December between the Ooks and Bears will be the 9th ever Face-Off game, and the second since 1991. NAIT and The University of Alberta competed in seven Face-Off games from 1984/85 through 1990/1991, before resurrecting the series last season. This is the first time that Face-Off won't be held at either the Northland Coliseum or Agricom, the game this year will be held at the NAIT Arena.

    "We are looking forward to playing them again this year. I think it is important to keep Face-Off going. We have a storied history that we can continue to grow. It will be a fun game against an elite program. Hopefully, we can the support from the hockey community to attend this event," said Ooks’ head coach, Tim Fragle.

    The two teams both come into the game following solid first halves to their respective seasons. The NAIT Ooks are currently 10-4 and sit 2nd in the ACAC men's hockey standings, while the University of Alberta Golden Bears sit 2nd in the Canada West men's hockey standings with a record of 12-3-1. The Ooks & Golden Bears have a long-standing hockey rivalry, dating back to their first-ever meeting in October of 1979. Since then the Ooks and Bears have met over 50 times, including eight Face-Off games.

     

    FACE-OFF GAMES

    DATE

    RESULT

    VENUE

    ATTENDANCE

    ALBERTA COACH

    NAIT COACH

    March 19, 1985

    5-4 ALB

    Northlands Coliseum

    13,354

    Clare Drake

    Perry Pearn

    February 2, 1986

    7-5 NAIT

    Northlands Coliseum

    10,184

    Clare Drake

    Perry Pearn

    January 27, 1987

    7-2 ALB

    Northlands Coliseum

    6,822

    Clare Drake

    Perry Pearn

    February 2, 1988

    8-2 ALB

    Northlands Coliseum

    5,427

    Clare Drake

    Perry Pearn

    February 16, 1989

    11-4 ALB

    Northlands Coliseum

    6,753

    Clare Drake

    Perry Pearn

    January 22, 1990

    6-5 NAIT

    Northlands Agricom

    2,456

    Bill Moores

    Perry Pearn

    January 15, 1991

    6-0 ALB

    Northlands Coliseum

    3,242

    Bill Moores

    Rick Carriere

    December 9, 2017

    4-0 ALB

    Northlands Coliseum

    1,949

    Serge Lajoie

    Tim Fragle