Much like in college basketball this weekend, it was also rivalry week for the Ice Griffs. We played two games against our rivals from Mercyhurst and we got a hard-earned split. We are still much in the hunt for home ice in the playoffs.
On Friday night we lost at home. We had a few breakdowns and the talented club from Erie made us pay for our mistakes. They scored two shorthanded goals and that was the difference in the game as we fell, 3-1. The next night was pretty much a must-win game to keep us in the hunt, and we came out with a great road effort and got a hard-fought 4-2 victory in Erie. Like always, when we play the Lakers it is close and this weekend was no different. Both teams played hard and there is still a lot to be decided in the Atlantic Hockey standings.
The week upcoming for the Griffs is a little different for a couple reasons. First, we have Monday and Tuesday off from classes due to the President's Day holiday. This means we will have a relaxing couple of days, with just practice, work out and homework, much like our recent winter break.
Secondly, this weekend of games is a little bit more special because on Sunday, it is senior night. Hopefully, it will not be the last set of home games for this group of seniors, just the last regular season games in Buffalo. We play Saturday and Sunday this weekend so it gives us an extra day to prepare for a hard-working team from AIC.
Although we did not go on a long road trip this weekend, we got back a little later than usual from Erie since we stopped for a delicious meal at a fine dining establishment just off the highway. It was a nice little team meal and a few of the boys took full advantage of the dollar menu. Needless to say, a few of the boys thought they were competitive eaters and a couple guys failed in their food challenges. Carl just came up a little short on his goal of ramming two cheeseburgers in his month at one time. In this Olympic season, although Carl didn't get the gold, he still gave it a great effort and did himself proud.
Last but not least, on behalf of the Ice Griffs we would like to thank all of the fans who came out and supported us both at home and away this weekend. Especially to the Haft family - the biggest Griff fans in Erie - and a special Art History teacher, who turned most of the boys into part-time Art Historians. That's it for this week folks, enjoy watching the Olympics and until next time, keep your stick on the ice.
Chris Forsman, #4