It was a new week, and the last week of school before exams. The anticipation of Christmas has been ringing throughout the Griffs homes all across campus. Yet, there was one more weekend of games at Air Force in Colorado before the realization of holidays was upon us.
The review for exams had begun and last minute homework and projects were due. Monday through Wednesday seemed to go by extremely fast, and the celebration of the end of classes for the semester was minimal.
Thursday was a long day, as the Griffs flew from Buffalo to Denver via Detroit. The layover was bearable, but there was still the one-hour bus ride to Colorado Springs. We went directly to the Cadet Ice Arena, home of Air Force, and practiced for an hour. The Griffs had a pretty good practice after being in airports, airplanes and buses, while also dealing with the slight change in altitude. From the arena, we went back to the hotel and had a meal. By the time 8 p.m. rolled around (mountain time) I was ready to hit the hay.
Friday morning allowed the Griffs to sleep in until 9 a.m., which was 11 a.m. in Buffalo. This seemed extremely unusual as our bodies were not accustomed to this rest. Note that the Griffs did not complain about this. The pre-game routine was set and after the chicken parm and a nap we were headed to the rink for the first of two games. The first game started out great for us, as we were leading 2-0 after the first period. After no changes in the second, we headed into the third period in control of the game. However, Air Force came out strong and scored three goals in a row. Down but not out, Griff # 23 Vincent Scarsella scored with 1:27 left in the game to even the score. The game ended in a 3-3 tie, and the positive of scoring late in the game was overshadowed by not taking advantage of our opportunities to put the game out of reach during the second.
Saturday was a chance to take 3-of-4 points over the weekend from a tough opponent. The Griffs were a little tired from a hard fought battle the night before, feeling the effect of the increase in altitude. Game time arrived and this time we came out a little slow, giving up two early goals in the first period. We had a battle ahead of us and we worked through it. We would tie the game up at two with four seconds remaining in the first. Once again, the game was tied at three in the third period. Air Force came out strong during the third, but I stopped 20 shots and once again the game ended in a tie.
Overall, it was an acceptable weekend against the top team in our conference. I am back at the hotel excited for Christmas, dreading the week that lies ahead. It starts with another long day of travel followed by five exams. I should get some studying done. Good night.
Andrew Loewen (Griff #1)
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