Well folks another regular season has come and gone and the final standings are set for the 2010 Atlantic Hockey playoffs. It was a tough weekend for the team since we controlled our destiny and came up just a little bit short. We lost both games to the first-place RIT Tigers.
After the dust settled from this last weekend of regular season play, the Griffs finished in fifth place in the regular season standings. We finished right behind our rivals from Erie, the Mercyhurst Lakers. The Lakers finished in fourth, so we travel down the road to Erie in two weeks time to face the Lakers in a best 2-of-3 series. This is the second time in the last three years we ran into the Lakers in playoffs and hopefully this time we will have a better result than in 2008 when we lost in Game 2 in overtime.
Obviously, this is the biggest weekend of the year since it is win or go home, in this short playoff series. In college, the playoff format is a little different from what most hockey fans are use to. Most are use to watching a seven-game series when it comes to hockey, but in the NCAA there is simply not enough time with school to have a playoff run last for months. The winner of these quarterfinal match ups, go on to the semifinal tournament in Rochester.
With the first-round bye, we get a week off before the second round starts the weekend of March 12-14. This gives us plenty of time to rest from the rough and tumble regular season. Also, it gives us a little extra time to prepare for the highly-powered offense of Mercyhurst. We do not need to spend a ton of time getting ready for our opponent since we met four times this year, and as always we know the games will be very close. We will just spend the next two weeks getting our team best prepared for the tough challenge ahead.
For the next couple of weeks it is business as usual for the Ice Griffs with practice, work-outs, and homework. The only difference is that it will be a little more difficult to focus on school work, with the playoffs just around the corner.
Despite the tough losses last weekend, it was still a great few days. The Canadian men's hockey team won gold, while the Canadian Olympic Team set a new Olympic record for gold medals. Plus, Roll-up-the-Rim is back at Tim Hortons. Also, men's and women's basketball are off to the MAAC tournament - best of luck to them. So, all in all it is a pretty exciting time around campus. Once again thanks to all of the fans, families, friends and alumni who came out to support us in Rochester. Until the next article in two weeks time, keep your stick on the ice.
Chris Forsman, #4