Annual Champlain Cougars vs. Cégep de Sherbrooke Volontaires clash in Mitchell Gym
One of Sherbrooke’s hottest crosstown rivalries is back in action on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Bishop’s University Mitchell Gym. The Champlain College Cougars (3-0) will be hosting the Cégep de Sherbrooke’s Volontaires (3-1) in a long-awaited game. The Cougars are currently fighting to take the RSEQ Division II’S first place from the Shawinigan Électriks. Last year, the Cougars won the bronze medal at the RSEQ provincials.
The Cougars will also be using the game as an opportunity to raise funds for the team. “We are mostly raising money to pay for tournaments, exhibition games, travel, referees, and accommodations,” specified Champlain coach Matthew Mclean. “Our league is not as strong, so we play many games outside of it to get decent competition, either in Ontario or the U.S.” The Cougars have not lost to Sherbrooke since 2011, making them 6-0 against their rivals.
Sending out invitations to several high schools was only one way of having a good crowd. “The rivalry is strong between us and Sherbrooke,” added Mclean. “We have not lost a regular season game in the last four years.” They are expecting a full house.
Admission to the game is $5 for students and $10 for adults. Volunteers will also be selling pizza and merchandise, and there are several prizes to be won. Most of the funds accumulated will go directly to financing tournaments, exhibition games, and the travel expenses such trips entail.
The Cougars won the bronze medal at the RSEQ provincials last year.