The boys hauled themselves out of bed for the first week of classes of 2011 last week. Many of us had become accustomed to sleeping in, heading to practice, getting a workout in, and then spending the rest of the day relaxing.
I snapped back to reality fairly quickly on Tuesday when my alarm blared on my bed side table at 8 a.m. After banging around my dorm in search of the perfect first day outfit, I noticed I woke my disgruntled roommate, Vinny Scarsella, and I started to feel bad. However, that feeling soon faded when he made sure to rub in the fact that his first class was only later that afternoon and turned over to fall back asleep. For the eighth semester in a row, Vinny has managed to beat me at the class scheduling game.
The week was not only important in terms of academics, but was also a huge week at the rink. It was finally time to get back into Atlantic Hockey action for the first time since December 17, and only the second time since November 28. We spent the week working as hard as possible on the ice and in the gym in preparation for our Sunday-Monday series against the AIC Yellow Jackets. We knew these games were a must-win, as every point from here on out is extremely crucial, and we were more than ready for the challenge.
On Sunday night, the Griffs came out of the gate flying from the first puck drop until the final buzzer in a 6-4 victory. We were very happy with the win, but knew we needed to come with the same energy the next night in order to make the weekend complete.
After sitting in class for part of the day on Monday, the boys were chomping at the bit to get out on the ice. The Griffs took charge immediately and we found ourselves near the end of the third period with a commanding lead. The play of the game came around this time when the Sniper/Captain Phil Rauch stepped in over the blue line and blasted a slap shot over the goalie's shoulder and into the net. If it wasn't the beautiful goal that locked in the first star of the game selection for Phil, then it was no doubt the combination of creative celebrations that he threw together shortly after that did the trick. Everyone else was just as excited as the time on the clock ticked down and we completed the sweep of the weekend and earned four points.
It was a very strange feeling for us 10 seniors last week, as most of us were attending our last first week of our academic careers. It is weird to think that I won't be walking into a classroom at the start of next fall after having spent the past 17 years doing so. It's been a great time here at Canisius over the past few years and the next couple months of the season are going to fly by as we continue our pursuit of an Atlantic Hockey Championship.
See you at the rink,
Scott Jenks, #3