Despite a courageous performance from UBC men's hockey team, taking the game to double overtime, the Patriotes knocked them out of the tournament by handing them a 2–1 loss.
While continuing to train even during uncertainty of their chance of competing again, the T-Birds athletes showcased it during the UBC Open on March 26 and 27, their first home meet of the season.
After winning 1–0 in the fourth and final game of the weekend series, the T-Birds secured a split weekend series.
The event began in 2018 and ran for two years prior to taking a hiatus following the COVID-19 restrictions.
Warriors Chief Business Officer Colby Fackler said fans can expect a night full of excitement geared towards college students. “We've got some fun halftime activities … It's either going to be a tug of war between UBC and SFU or a giant beer pong game.”
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But one state championship later, “the stars truly aligned” for Hardy as the Thunderbirds varsity cross country team presented him with an opportunity that was too good to turn down.