Sunday was AFC and NFC Championship Day. The Griffs spent the day relaxing and gearing up to watch the big games. The Pats took on the Chargers and the perfect season continued for Brady and the Patriots. The second game was heartbreaking for some and uplifting for others. Favre and the Packers fairytale ended as the Giants sent Green Bay Pack-ing.
Monday and Tuesday were both tough work days. Not only was it a difficult cardio day in the weight room, but also on the ice. Wednesday and Thursday continued with work outs and high-tempo practices. The usually more relaxed Thursday was spent working hard to improve due to the single game on the Saturday.
A big aspect of many of the Griffs lives that I have not mentioned previously in other journal entries includes the athletic trainers. Both Ryan Rajk, our head trainer, and all of our student athletic trainers help the Griffs out by spending multiple hours with us on a daily basis. These trainers were especially helpful this week for me as I had been experiencing some soreness. Before every practice the Griffs get taped, heat, and whatever other little things needed to make our stay a little more comfortable. After practice, those who need the help head over to the KAC (Koessler Athletic Center) for treatments, including stimulation, ultrasound, heat, ice baths, stretching and whatever other athletic therapy is required to get back to playing at 100%.
On Friday, we were back to traveling toward Boston to play Merrimack in our last long bus ride of the season. Movies were watched and spirits were high, knowing that there would be no more long trips. We checked into the hotel, had a meal and went to bed. The rooming situation was also back to normal this week with the all-goalie room of Bryce Luker (Griff # 33), Taylor Anderson (Griff # 35) and me. Thank goodness!
On Saturday, Taylor Anderson started his first career college hockey game. He played well in front of his own personal cheering section, including his friends, junior coach, teammates and most importantly his family. Unfortunately the Griffs were unable to capitalize on the power play and we lost the game, 4-0. It is going to be another long bus ride home.
Andrew Loewen, Griff #1
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