The Griffs are coming off a successful weekend with a sweep of the Mercyhurst Lakers. The team picked up a big four points this past weekend, bringing us closer to the top of the Atlantic Hockey standings.
It was a hard-fought two games with both contests coming down to the wire. Mercyhurst is a quality opponent and they battled back from several deficits over the weekend. Our offense seemed to come to life like we knew it would and it is something we expected from our talented players up front.
Both games had a little bit of everything - lots of goals, big saves by both goalies, big hits, lots of special teams play and even a penalty shot, cashed in by Cory Conacher. The Mercyhurst power play kept them in the games but our penalty kill came up with the big stops at key times over the weekend. All in all, both teams played well and we are happy to come away with four points.
Once again, after a tough weekend it was nice to relax on a beautiful Sunday here in Buffalo. After a weekend series, most guys catch up on sleep and homework, which may have been neglected over this short week. Hopefully the boys did this because again the Griffs have Saturday and Sunday games upcoming against the University of Connecticut Huskies. We are at home again and both games are at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. We will be looking to build on our success from this past weekend, while we try to improve our record to above .500 in conference play.
I don't know if anyone noticed around campus but late last week and over the weekend, there were a few more Griff fans roaming around. The boys from the prairies on our team had a few visitors come down and cheer on their friends here in the big city. The five individuals, who came to watch their buddies, were a great help to boost the morale of some of the players. We took them around campus, and they were impressed with Canisius.
The most surprising part of the tour for them was when we took them to the library. They could not believe the amount of books here and they just went through all of the aisles for hours pulling out whatever interested them. I can't say I was surprised by their reaction because I remember Pete MacDougall acting in a similar fashion four years ago. Hopefully our friends made it home safe and thanks again to all of the people who came out to support us this past weekend. Until next time, keep your stick on the ice.
Chris Forsman, #4