Campus Chronicles with Andrew Loewen
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
The past two weekends had been pretty disappointing for the Griffs. We had lost our last four to American International and No. 1Miami so this week, it was time to get back to basics.
The week started out on somewhat of a good note. On Sunday, my Winnipeg Blue Bombers were taking on Pete MacDougall’s (Griff #32) Saskatchewan Roughriders for the Grey Cup (CFL championship). It was a day to get away from the rink. Pete and I hosted a team party and despite losing the game 23-19, it was a nice relaxing day.
The week started in a similar fashion. I once again found myself busy with school, hockey and work outs, until an unpredictable halt occurred. Wednesday was given to the Griffs as a complete and mandatory day off from working out and hockey. The Griffs’ players therefore organized a team gathering where we played cards, video games and ate pizza and wings. It was a refreshing day that saw the team come together after some difficult weekends.
After the day off, it was time to go back to work. I felt refreshed and excited to be back in the dressing room with my teammates. We had a great practice which was followed by some video on Mercyhurst, our opponent for the weekend.
Friday arrived and it was game day. For once we were not waking up in a hotel bed, but instead we were attending our Friday morning classes. This was unusual to the routine that we had fallen into and the pre-game routine that I had mastered last season seemed like a distant memory.
The preparation and practice during the week led to a successful game day and it was a night that I will always remember. For the first time in my college career I was perfect, recording a shutout in front of the second largest crowd in Canisius College history of 1,168 fans. The Griffs came out and played possibly the best game of the season, beating Mercyhurst, 4-0. Following the game, students, parents, and fans were able to take the ice with the Griffs. Friday was great, but there was still more work to be done for the following day as we traveled to Mercyhurst.
After the 1 hour and 45 minute bus ride to Erie, Pa., it was time to get down to business and win a second hockey game. The game started out slow and at end of the first, we were down 1-0. With the inability to capitalize on our power play opportunities, things did not get better and we ended up losing the game, 5-2. It was a disappointing end to a game that we should have played better in. The week is now over and we must begin to prepare for another traveling weekend for two big games at Air Force in Colorado.
Did You Know...
*Junior Spencer Churchill was coached by Wayne Gretzky’s father, Walter Gretzky, for three straight years in minor hockey?
*In over three years of junior “A” hockey, sophomore Peter MacDougall tallied 48 fighting majors generating a whopping 567 penalty minutes?
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