On Sunday, I felt more at home at Canisius then ever before. After cleaning the house, my mom, who was still in Buffalo after watching us against Bentley, cooked for my house. In preparation for this home-cooked meal, my roommates and I attempted to help her while watching the NFL playoffs. The supper of meatballs, potatoes, corn, broccoli, and homemade doughnuts for desert was amazing, and the other seven Griffs who helped devour the meal enjoyed it appreciatively.
We were back to work on Monday, returning to both the ice and weight room. After the holidays, the weight room had not been a priority for the Griffs, and we felt those effects. We must have been getting out of shape, especially after eating the meal from the previous night, but it was good to get back into it.
The work out for the Griffs on Tuesday included a run. Unfortunately the weather was good and, in fact, it was too good. We found ourselves outside running the field, which is not an easy task. If I had only waited until the evening when the true Buffalo weather came out and it began to pour.
Practices were still at the Pepsi Center in East Amherst, and many of the Griffs found the drive was cutting into sleep time as practices were at 10 am. In addition to sleep, the rink at the Pepsi Center is extremely cold in comparison to our normal home rink at Buffalo State, and this did not help during the “early” morning skates. The second week of practices was much better than the previous week. This boded well as the Griffs were looking to take four points against visiting Connecticut.
Wednesday night Kyle Bushee (Griff # 39), Chris Forsman (Griff # 4), and myself attended the Cazenovia Chiefs peewee hockey game as assistant coaches. This was possibly the most fun us Griffs ever had doing community-service. We saw our Chiefs come from a three-goal deficit to eventually tie the game up at four with less then 30 seconds remaining. It was fun and I hope to have the opportunity of coaching alongside head coach Ed Ryan again sometime soon.
The weekend arrived and the confidence of expecting to take four points from Connecticut was flattened on the Friday night as the Griffs lost a close game, 3-1. The disappointment was apparent and the Griffs prepared with much more focus Saturday, playing both stronger on defense and on offense. I allowed zero goals for my second shutout of the season, and the Griffs put up four goals to win 4-0. The weekend was saved with the win, although the Griffs unbeaten streak at home came to a halt on Friday night.
Andrew Loewen, Griff # 1
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