Returning back to school after the Christmas break is always a bit of an adjustment period as the majority of the student body will not return until mid January. The break from school often leads to a significant increase in the amount of video games played by the boys. It also gives all of us a chance to spend more time focusing on hockey as we start the second half of our season.
Our first weekend back featured two games against a league opponent in the Army Black Knights. We played a great first game and won convincingly but unfortunately did not follow up with a great effort in the second game and lost once again in overtime.
As always, this is a time of the year when the team is split into two separate groups as the world junior tournament gets underway and there is always a bit of tension between the American and Canadian boys. Although the Americans beat out the Canadian squad from advancing to the gold medal game in reality their respective records head-to-head is 1-1. It is always great to see such great competition between the two countries.
Our team in also comprised of one Swedish player, Carl Larson, and although his country flew under the radar throughout much of the dressing room, the talk about the tournament quickly shifted to Sweden and USA championship game. The United States would eventually win gold, giving the American boys bragging rights until next year's tournament.
This past weekend, Griffs hockey took on Bowling Green in non-conference action. The weekend was also important as defenseman Chris Rumble saw his first action after beating cancer this past summer. Everyone on the team is very happy to see Chris back to game shape after overcoming a very difficult situation and were very excited to see him in game uniform on Saturday.
Until next week, keep it simple,
Ben Parker and Braeden Rigney