Residence Charity Face-Off raises $16,000 for IWK

Dalhousie residence students competed in the eighth annual Residence Charity Face-Off at the Halifax Forum.

By Graeme Benjamin

The Big Horns celebrate after winning the Munro Cup (Graeme Benjamin photo)

Dalhousie residence students competed in the eighth annual Residence Charity Face-Off March 9 at the Halifax Forum, raising $16,000 for the IWK Health Centre Foundation.

For the first time in three years, the Big Horns, representing Risley, Eliza Ritchie, Glengary and Shirreff Halls walked away with the Munro Cup, winning 7-6 in a shootout over the Trojans.

Dalhousie residences have fundraised more than $128,000 for the IWK since 2008.

Joanna Hamilton, Manager of Annual Giving of the IWK Foundation, says the money raised goes to the specialized care fund. That helps pay for priority equipment and research.

“We are absolutely thrilled,” she says. “It’s only because of donors like Dalhousie who are fundraising for us all throughout the year that we are able to fund world class specialized care to Maritime woman, children, youth and families.”

Big Horns players celebrate after Haiden Goltz's overtime winner (Graeme Benjamin photo)

The Face-Off isn’t the only event at Dalhousie that raises money for the foundation. Dean Martin, the Residence Life Manager of Howe Hall, says there are several other fundraisers held within Howe and other residences.

“There’s a Casino Night being organized by the Big Horns and we’re hoping here in Howe Hall to have either a spaghetti dinner or pancake breakfast to raise funds,” he says.

The game was high scoring and action packed. The Trojans, made of students from Howe, Gerard, O’Brien and Mini Rez jumped out to an early two goal lead in the first. The Big Horns clawed their way back, scoring four unanswered to take a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.

The teams went back and forth in the third, netting two goals apiece in the first ten minutes. The Trojans nearly completed their comeback, tying the game at six and sending it into overtime.

Extra time solved nothing, forcing the first ever Face-Off shootout. The Trojans couldn’t get anything past Big Horns goaltender David Taylor and Haiden Goltz put in the game winner for the Big Horns.

The third period kept Trojans fans on their feet (Graeme Benjamin photo)

Martin says he was upset the Trojans lost, but in the end the game’s result doesn’t really matter.

“Obviously I wanted the Trojans to win,” he says. “But I think when it comes down to it everyone wins because the funds are going to a really good cause.”

Traditionally, the annual game has a spirited atmosphere, with Trojans and Big Horns fans sitting on opposite sides of the ice. Connor McPhail, a Trojan fan, was at the Face-Off for the first time. He says it wasn’t what he expected at all.

“Both sides of the stands were packed,” he says. “I know all my friends bought tickets and I know a few Big Horns fans that were going but I didn’t think it would be as full as it was.”

Martin says it’s likely the game will be held again next year.

“I know I and the IWK would be delighted if the event were to continue next year,” says Hamilton.

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Dean Martin on the Residence Charity Face-Off

Dean Martin on the Residence Charity Face-Off