Campus Chronicles with Andrew Loewen
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
The week started off great as we were coming off a win on Saturday night. It was a big and convincing victory in our first home game against our rival, RIT. Not only was it a convincing win, but it was perfected in front of the largest crowd, 1,131 fans, that I had ever seen at our home rink. Our fans left us on a high and the fact that we weren’t coming off of an eight-hour bus trip made it that much more enjoyable.
To sum up Sunday, it was a day to relax, catch up on homework, and a day to sleep in. Monday saw us back to work as the Ice Griffs hit the weight room bright and early at 8 a.m. Although it was a time to get stronger, I found myself seeing a doctor from an injury occurring in Saturday’s warm-up.
Classes resumed and to much of my dismay, a win for the hockey team did not encourage the professors to take a lighter approach for the Griffs. Practices and workouts continued throughout the week at the same intensity. The long days produced by the missed classes continued as homework, assignments, and tests were in full color. I was once again coming to grips with reality; we are STUDENT-athletes.
As Thursday rolled around bodies were somewhat fatigued from the previous three days of hard work. To make matters a little more exciting, practice was being held at 7 a.m. to accommodate classes and our bus trip for the weekend to Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. The bus trip began and so did our movies. Three and a half movies later we found ourselves at our hotel, just in time to get a good night’s sleep.
Friday rolled around and it was back to what I enjoy most... HOCKEY. We had an early breakfast, followed by a nice, light pre-game skate at 10 a.m. to prepare us for the weekend. After some relaxation time, a nap, and our pre-game meal of the predictable chicken parm and pasta, it was game time.
Friday night’s game saw me on the bench watching our team play. We started the game off a little slow, but our goalie, Bryce Luker, stood on his head, making 16 saves in the first period. We picked it up and were leading going into the final period, 2-1. Then a common theme that has occurred this year happened again and we couldn’t close out the game losing, 3-2.
Saturday afternoon was different. I was in net and we found ourselves heading into the third period leading, 3-1. Holy Cross scored to make it 3-2 but after killing off a 5-on-3, we scored an empty net goal to win the game, 4-2. It was a great feeling to get my first win of the season, and an even greater feeling to realize that we were getting back on the bus for another eight-hour bus trip. NOT.
Anyways, it is time to get back to watching our 43rd movie of the bus trip, so until next week.
Andrew Loewen/Griff #1
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