It is crunch time in Griffville for the boys as exam week has come once again. Fall semester has come and gone, and it seems like it was just yesterday that the team was meeting together for the first time of the year. For us seniors, we are now a few exams and a semester away from the real world.
Considering we have not played a game since two weeks ago at Bentley, it may seem like the boys have had a lot of free time to ourselves. Unfortunately I have to say that this hasn't been the case for most of us Ice Griffs, as the lack of travel and games has been filled with an abundance of scholastic activity.
The last week before exams is always the busiest and most stressful of the semester. Between term projects, presentations, and final papers, the boys have been logging a lot of hours in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. Midway through last week when I had a final paper to write, I opted out of going to the library in the fear of being too social, as I knew over half of my team was in there.
I'm hoping exam week holds the same trend as the rest of the semester and flies by before we know it, but I doubt this will be the case. Time seems to crawl by at a turtle's pace during exam week, as we know it is the only thing separating us from being home for the holidays. For many of the boys, this will be the first time back home since the end of August.
As Christmas time approaches and the talk of what everyone wants from Santa is a popular one in the dressing room, I have gathered some information and decided to put together a wish list for some of the guys on the team to help their friends and families get them the right gift.
Ice Griffs Christmas Wish List:
Vincent Scarsella: Jumanji (not the movie, but the actual game)
Eric Rex: A haircut
Jordan Mustard: NHL '11 Video game (he is tired of Tony Capobianco beating him in NHL '10)
Pat Kenney: A high LSAT score
Phil Rauch: A goal
Chris Forsman: Aging Cream/New Wiz Khalifa CD
Derek Danowski: Dance Mix 2010 CD
Patrick Sullivan: Hovercraft
Ben Parker: New vehicle (due to safety reasons)
Cory Conacher: New vehicle (due to dysfunctional reasons)
Ryan Bohrer: A new cell phone holster
Taylor Law: Poster of Tom Selleck
A great thing about being a hockey player during these tough couple weeks of school is being able to escape from it all when we get to the rink. Once you step on the ice, all the stress about schoolwork seems to disappear, even if it is only for a couple of hours.
We have practiced harder than ever over the last week and through the weekend, as we wanted to ensure improvement even though we were not playing games. We focused on game-like drills that will keep us fresh for our upcoming game against RIT on Friday. For us returning players, the loss in the semifinals of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament last year is still fresh in our minds and we are looking forward to facing off against the Tigers once again. The rivalry between Canisius and RIT has always produced exciting games, and I know Friday will not be any different.
As this will be the last chronicle before the holiday break, I would like to extend a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all parents and fans.
See you at the rink,
Scott Jenks, #3