Sunday was a much needed victory against Holy Cross. The Griffs played a hard-fought defensive battle which only saw three goals scored and two of them were for us! Sunday once again was an afternoon game which allowed many of the Griffs to go out for supper with their parents (many of whom had traveled more then three hours).
Monday was a great day. As a Canadian, I am truly appreciative of the Presidents of the United States of America... but more importantly the day that they have given to us!!! There was no school in honor of the Presidents. Besides making it in to the KAC to get some treatment on my ankle, not much happened, productively that is. Television was watched and video games were played. It was a much needed rest day.
Tuesday, Canisius College felt that the Presidents were deserving of a second day (I don’t think that this is true but it is as good of a guess as any for the day off). It was back to work in terms of hockey. Practice was at 10 a.m. and lift was at 2 p.m. The day also consisted of a meeting in between the normal athletic activities. The evening was reserved for homework which was due for the following day.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008, was my birthday! Oh what an unbelievable birthday I had. It started off with three classes from 9:30 – 12:30. From class I had a quick bite to eat and it was off to practice. From practice I went directly to the KAC to get some treatment on my ankle. After getting all iced up I made it to the dining hall just in time to eat a birthday dinner. From there I went home, watched TV, and was almost ready for bed when I was invited to go out to a movie. Juno, the movie, was the greatest end to such an unbelievably normal day.
Thursday the Griffs had a practice before an important weekend against Air Force, where home ice advantage for the playoffs was a possibility. I practiced and felt great on the ice for the first time in a number of weeks. I expressed my condition to the trainer, and was given the start in our opening game against Air Force.
Friday was our first game, and the Griffs came out flat, never really gaining any momentum in the game, losing 3-0. Once again this game put us behind the “8-ball” for the following game... a must win.
Saturday was an interesting day, as our game started at 3 p.m. This meant that we had our normal pre-game meal of pasta, chicken, and salad at 11 a.m. Although the Griffs always enjoy the meal, it seemed out of place eating so early. Game time arrived and once again the Griffs came out flat, falling behind 3-1 after the first period. During the first intermission, the coaching staff challenged some of the veteran players to play better which sparked a little fire within the Griffs locker room. The game ended 4-3 with the Griffs losing. Too little too late. Have a good weekend.
Andrew Loewen, Griff #1
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