While most students are just getting back to campus, the Ice Griffs - along with a few other sports teams - have been here for most of the break. We got a week off, and the rest of the break we have been practicing, working out and playing games - pretty much the same schedule we are accustom to, except there was no classes.
It frees up a lot of time for the boys to hang out. There have been many movies watched, video games played and believe it or not, a few of the boys were reading books for pleasure. Not many people know this but Vinnie Scarsella is a huge Dan Brown fan. Believe me, most of the boys did not believe it until we witnessed it on the bus - Vinnie reading his little heart out, while eating the biggest bag of M&M's I have ever seen.
Speaking of road trips, the Griffs have played six games since we last talked. We picked up a big win against Colgate, a tough exhibition loss to a Canadian University team from Guelph at the Amherst Center. Then we hit the road to resume league play. We came out of Bentley with a hard-fought split and finally, this past weekend we took 3-of-4 points from a hard-working club in Army.
All in all, not a bad start to the second half of the year for the Griffs. This weekend we hit the road to take on a tough team from Sacred Heart. The Pioneers are one of the hottest teams in the league, so we are in for a tough test this weekend in Connecticut.
Speaking of challenges, school starts up again this week and the boys are definitely easing into it since we are missing a few classes due to team travel. So, we are not getting thrown straight back into it. After a month off, some of the boys, surprisingly enough, are looking forward to starting class again because it has been a long break and we are ready to get the final push for the playoffs started. Well it is nice to be back, and remember - in case you forgot - keep your stick on the ice.
Chris Forsman, #4