The Griffs are coming off the opening weekend of play in Atlantic Hockey. It was a rough start to the conference season for the Griffs as we lost both games to the Holy Cross Crusaders, 3-2.
We may have deserved a better fate on the weekend with at least two points but it was not in the cards. The effort was there, backed once again by strong goaltending. We just did not get a couple breaks and a few too many mistakes were the difference. We knew coming into the season that it would not be easy and the good thing is that it is still early in the season and there are still some 26 conference games left on the schedule.
With the same work ethic and a few blessings from the hockey gods, we should put up a few wins in the upcoming weeks. We play nothing but conference games until the month of December and this weekend we have another quality opponent coming to Buffalo in the three-time defending Atlantic Hockey Champion Air Force Falcons. It should be a tough weekend, since it is always close when we play the Falcons, and we will be ready after a full week of practice.
With another full week at school, on the agenda this week is: Monday - day off. Workout and practice on Tuesday. Wednesday - practice and cardio. Thursday - workout and practice. Friday - just practice and then a relaxing afternoon and night getting ready for the upcoming weekend of games where we try and get on the board in the Atlantic Hockey standings. Also in between all of the hockey related activities are, of course, classes and hours and hours of homework.
The guys are beginning to notice that we are going to school more and that is thanks to our schedule heavy with home games as opposed to the years past. We are not missing as many Thursdays and Fridays and the guys are a little confused. They do not know what is better - spending an extra two hours in class or the usual seven hours on a bus. We'll just leave it at that and let the readers decide which one they think is better.
One thing that is a bit surprising is that most of us are finished with midterms, meaning that the semester is more than half over and winter is slowly coming. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is hard to believe that the seniors around campus already have to think about reregistering for spring classes. This is a scary prospect because for this class of seniors, it is their last undergraduate semester here at Canisius and in most cases one of the most difficult semesters, unless, of course, you are a certain senior P.E. major. In that case, it is one of the easiest semesters but enough about registration this weekend. More importantly there is hockey this weekend and until next time, keep your stick on the ice.
Chris Forsman, #4