The Golden Griffins are coming off a weekend spit with the Bentley Falcons. On Friday night, we lost in a close one, while on Saturday night, our offense exploded for nine goals, giving us a hard fought split on the weekend and keeping us in the top half of the standings in Atlantic Hockey. Upcoming for the Ice Griffs is a week off, as we prepare for a game in a week's time next Tuesday, Dec. 15.
This week is a slow one for most student-athletes since it is exam week here at the College. The hockey team has only optional practices and work outs until Saturday. This week is filled with hours of studying since most of us have five exams spread over the course of the week, along with some papers and final projects or presentations in other classes.
For some of the guys on the team, they have a good schedule and just a couple of exams. These guys are lucky because they can use this week to relax and recharge the batteries before our final two games of 2009. Some simply just like to forget about school, since we have about a month off until the start of the spring semester.
Since we have a lot of extra time on our hands this week, some of the guys have time to catch a Sabres game during their home stand this week. Most of the boys, however, are heading out to the local malls and stores to get an early start on Christmas shopping, especially for us Canadians who try and take advantage of the cheaper prices down here. Also, for guys like me who come from small towns, we have to get our shopping done before going home, unless we want all of our gifts to be from the local Canadian Tire or Shopper's Drug Mart. I'm sure a lot of the dads out there would be fine with that, but the moms and sisters out there will appreciate the effort some of the boys are putting into these little shopping excursions we have been taking.
Well that's pretty much it for the Ice Griffs this week - just studying, practice and working out when we have the time between exams. Also, one final and very important message directed towards all the teachers out there who may be reading this. Remember, it is the holidays - a time of giving - so keep that in mind when dishing out our final grades. Until next time, keep your stick on the ice.
Chris Forsman, #4