100th Varsity ice hockey triumph for Kellogg student

27 March 2018

Returning to the very first venue, Oxford wins the centenary Varsity ice hockey match in St Moritz, Switzerland.

Oxford may have lost the boat race but it won the ice hockey, both events taking place on March 24. Deep in the Swiss alps, the two teams faced off at the Lyceum Alpinum boarding school ice hockey rink in St Moritz.

Oxford before the start. The Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz played host in 1885 at the very first match

In a close fought and thrilling match watched by a large crowd of alumni in plunging temperatures of minus 6 degrees centigrade, Oxford eventually prevailed one minute and 17 seconds into extra time, after a 3-3 draw.

Man of the Match Chris Byrne (Kellogg, 2015), shown here, clinched victory for Oxford just a minute into extra time.

When the match began at 8pm, Cambridge initially looked the stronger side but Oxford suddenly took control ten minutes in and scored, and then scored again. That initial edge, plus an unbeaten league record, appeared to give them a psychological advantage although there were many occasions when the pale blues could have prevailed, with a sparkling performance by the towering Wilbys. But it was finally Kellogg student Chris Byrne (MSc Evidence-based Health Care), who scored for Oxford from a complex goal mouth confusion, ending the match, the final score 4-3.

Pictures by University of Oxford/Richard Lofthouse. This is an edited version of a news article which originally appeared in Oxford Today.

Read Chris’s Blog post written for the Kellogg Blog, about playing in the 100th Varsity Match.