I was told two interesting facts today: The Canisius College hockey team completed it’s first weekend sweep since taking both games at Connecticut on Jan. 27 and 28, 2006 and with the two wins against AIC, tied the number of wins we had on the road all last season. All kidding aside, last weekend’s games were great to be a part of. The team put together six great periods of hockey and really showed that when we stick to our team systems, we’re a tough opponent to play against. Our penalty kill was perfect on the weekend and the power play moved the puck really well. Even though the pp did not convert on any of its chances they showed a “never quit” attitude on each attempt. Our goaltending was exceptional as always, our defense made some big plays and moved the puck well all weekend. After the game, the bus was filled with eagerness because we know that we will travel to Niagara next Tuesday to participate in the Battle of the Bridge grudge match.
As I sat down to do this edition of the Campus Chronicles, I figured that seeing as how this was the third week of doing the chronicles, I would change it up a bit for you the readers. As I read the recap of our game on Saturday, on GoGriffs.com, the comments by Jason Weeks and Josh Heidinger gave me an idea on a topic for this week. Based on our team’s performance this weekend I thought that this would be a good opportunity to talk a little about what I feel makes up the perfect hockey team. A hockey team can be broken up into five categories: goal scorers, grinders/power forwards, offensive defensemen, stay at home defensemen, and goaltenders. Like a well-oiled machine, if all five cylinders are firing and doing their job, the team is destined to come our victorious.
Goal scorers are expected to lead the team in offense. These guys are put in situations such as power play, offensive face offs, and in hopes of converting on their opportunities. These types of players read the play really well and have accuracy like no other when shooting the puck.
Speaking of the puck, the next type of player that is key to success is likely to be seen pursuing it all over the ice. The grinder/power forward is a kind of player that can get team momentum with a big check, blocked shot, or a goal. These types of players create space for goal scorers with their physical presence on the ice. If grinders/power forwards keep the other team off the scoreboard and contribute with some offense when they can, they have done their job.
Offensive defensemen are like goal scorers with a little twist. They are the quarterback of a power play and are seen jumping up into the play in the offensive zone. The other side of the defensive game is the defensive defensemen. These types of players get the puck out of the zone on the first opportunity. They pride themselves on keeping the other team off the board. Like the grinders they are expected to bring a work ethic that cannot be matched to each game.
Last but not least are the men between the pipes. Goaltenders are about the only guys on a hockey team that can win a game by themselves. They are relied heavily on to make big stops and even keep a team in a game when needed.
Coming off a successful week I thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce what I believe helped us win two games this weekend. I hope you enjoyed it and until next time.
This is your captain here, over and out.
Did You Know ...
• One of Jason Weeks’ goal in life is to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums?
• Josh Heidinger’s favorite place to work on his hockey skills is in his Grandpa’s shed?
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