BY ANDREW DORAN
The temperature is getting cooler here in Camarillo, which signals the start of hockey season! CIs club hockey team is ready to lace up, put on the pads and show how tough Dolphins can truly be.
“CSUCI had a hockey team a few years ago, but it was disbanded due to lack to leadership and communication with prior management along with several players graduating,” said Armon Ebrahimian, Business major and goaltender for the team, via email. “We’ve been able to remain active thanks to a group of core members.”
This season,CI Ice Hockey Club will play their games at Iceoplex in Simi Valley, about 25 minutes away from Camarillo.
“We’d love for people to come out to our games, we’ve been given an amazing opportunity to represent Channel Islands and are excited to play,” said Ebrahimian.
Since the team is new this season, they are looking to strengthen the team as the season wears on.
“We’re essentially starting fresh this year with all new officers paving the way for the team,” said Ebrahimian. “We’ve added many players who are eager to represent Channel Islands as both an amazing school and a hockey team.”
This is the first time ever that the CI Hockey Club has been able to register for a legitimate league and have legitimate games that come along with that.
In the first game of the season, the Hockey Club defeated South Puck Two in overtime by a score of 5-4. Forward Riley Johnson scored both a hat trick and the winner, with forward Ryan O’Sullivan adding two goals of his own.
“The game went really well,” said Senior forward Khalid Hart. “As our first ever competitive game, we’re really happy on how we played.”
The Dolphins came back from deficits twice to tie up the game, before they won it halfway through overtime.
If you want to follow the CI Hockey Club, students and staff will be able to find the schedule in the CI Sync portal or through their Instagram @CSUCI_hockeyclub.