The week started off on a rough note. My leg was bothering me from the night before, but luckily there was the Super Bowl to cheer me up! Thank goodness for the New York Giants beating the Patriots. Some of the guys got together to watch the Super Bowl and had a few pops and some food.
Monday was a fun and hard-working practice and unfortunately, I was watching it from the bleachers. It was a competitive game day which divided the Griffs into two teams via a draft made by Cory Conacher (Griff #28) and Vincent Scarsella (Griff #23). I was able to keep stats of the games which resulted in Scarsella’s team winning. I spent the lift time with the trainers working hard to get back into practice.
Tuesday provided me a chance to test my injury out on the ice. It did not go as planned and I didn’t finish practice. It was disheartening, yet the positive was that we were scheduled to play Saturday and Sunday vs. RIT as opposed to playing our first game on Friday. This gave me hope of returning to the lineup in time.
On Wednesday, the Griffs received a day off. It was nice to have the day off from hockey. Given normal time constraints, the Griffs had the opportunity to get out and do some of the regular things that normal college students get to do on a regular basis. This consisted of such things as laundry, grocery shopping, and the required Valentine’s Day shopping as for the special time of year. It gave some Griffs the chance to shop at some stores that are usually “not acceptable” to shop in!
On Thursday, the Griffs were back at it. Practice was not the greatest performance collectively as a team. We ended up spending a bunch of time on power play working toward improving our efforts from previous weeks. We were back to practice on Friday and I was ready to give my leg another chance! There was a positive and a negative, however. The positive was that I had much more mobility and much less discomfort, but once again as practice continued, I fatigued and began to sense some pain and therefore ended my practice early. On Friday night, many of the Griffs attended the women’s basketball game held at the KAC.
Saturday was the first game of a home and home with RIT. The bus departed for RIT at 2 p.m. After packing up the equipment and having pre-game meal, we were on the way. It was a packed house and a fun game to watch. The climax of the game was when a line brawl broke out. We ended up losing 4-1, and with the events of the game, tomorrow’s game should be pretty exciting. It is a must win for us.
Andrew Loewen, Griff #1
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