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Checking for Charity: Phi Cup Games Start

By Brian Chase

SPORTS EDITOR

In the movie “Miracle,” homage was paid to the fiercely competitive Boston hockey tradition. This weekend, MIT is displaying its own little slice of that tradition for a good cause: the Fourth Annual Phi Cup Charity Hockey Tournament, run by the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and held in the Johnson Ice Rink.

Sixteen teams in two divisions (checking and non-checking) have entered. Their entry money and the money raised form the bake sale AEPhi is holding concurrently this week goes to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Chaim Sheba Medical Center. This Sunday will be the Championship rounds, featuring the two best teams in both divisions.

The competition for the tournament started on Monday, and the action continued Tuesday. As of this article, three games in the checking division have been played, and one in the coed non-checking division. Fraternity teams made up a large part of the entries, but somewhat surprisingly, not all of them made it past the first round. For example, in the first non-checking game of the tournament, PBE played Burton United, a team consisting of mainly Burton-Conner, but also Baker and Simmons players. Burton United crushed PBE 10-0. On the flip side, in the checking division game played Tuesday, the Delta Tau Delta team soundly beat the Next House team 6-0. Both games were played hard, and there were some spectacular saves, especially by the losing goalies, who generally had more to contend with.

The AEPhi representatives at the games said they expect to raise around $1,500 this year, up from the over $1,000 they raised last year. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to schedule quite as many games this year because of the extra practice time needed for the new Women’s Varsity Hockey team.

Attendance to the games is free for all spectators, and everyone is encouraged to come to support the various MIT teams in contention. Spectators may also get a chance to win prizes (read: food) awarded between periods. In addition to the tournament, AEPhi also has a charity bake sale going on in Lobby 10 and sell T-shirts at the games. Whoever wins, the games Sunday will definitely display some fierce competition and good hockey.