Campus Chronicles with Andrew Loewen
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Sunday was spent relaxing and doing homework. The day also allowed me to make it out to the pee-wee Cazenovia Chiefs hockey game, a team that I regularly volunteer for. It was fun as I watched them dominate the other team, 10-3. After the game Chris Forsman, Kyle Bushee (Griffs #4 and 39) and myself were able to make it out and have lunch with a few of the players. After “volunteering” I went back to watch a big CFL (Canadian Football League) game where I saw my hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers win their first playoff game.
Monday rolled around and once again it was time for an early-morning workout which was followed by classes. In the afternoon the Griffs were given a little surprise ... optional practice. However, as a goalie optional practice is rarely taken literally, and thus I found myself going.
After a day filled with classes and hockey activities, including practice and workout, Tuesday night was spent studying for a big accounting exam the following day. Another exam followed the next day and I spent Wednesday night studying for a management exam.
I was awake before the sun on Thursday, as the Griffs were practicing at 7 a.m. How appropriate after studying all night for an exam? We left at 1 p.m. on our way to American International College. Another seven-hour bus ride was underway.
On Friday morning we woke up bright and early to have breakfast, followed by morning skate. On the heels of my first victory the weekend before, I earned the starting nod on Friday night. A scoreless first period led to our opponent growing some confidence and a positive second period for the Yellow Jackets. One minute into the second, AIC scored off of a puck thrown in front by their player and was then redirected into our net by one of my defensemen. Four minutes later, a dump-in saw me skating out of my net to stop it. After losing my balance and falling on the ice, AIC scored its second goal. To add to things, we didn’t register a shot on goal. It was a disaster of a period, and although we came out strong in the third, we were unable to make up the two-goal deficit. After the game the only positive feeling I felt was when I was able to talk to my parents, who had traveled from Winnipeg to watch me play.
Saturday came quickly and I was able to shed my negative feelings from the previous night’s action. In the second game of the series, AIC once again jumped out to a two-goal lead, this time in the first period. After its third goal early in the second period, I was back in net, replacing our other goalie. The three goals were too much for the Griffs to overcome and we lost the game, 4-2. Needless to say our entire team was extremely frustrated and disappointed. It was also time for another seven-hour bus trip back to Buffalo.
Andrew Loewen / Griff #1
Did You Know ...
* Coach Fargo was a goaltender at Elmira College and has also played against current Canisius rival, RIT?
* Alec Wright, Griff # 21, has come back from two major shoulder surgeries last season to play a part in the Griffs’ success this year?
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