On Friday night, we headed to Rochester to take on the RIT Tigers. Playing at Ritter Arena on the RIT campus is always a fun experience, as it contains a great college environment. Although the rink was mostly filled with hometown fans, it was great to see the turnout the Griffs had of family, friends, and fans.
The game was as intense as anyone would have predicted, but the Ice Griffs came out on the short end of the stick. Although we were upset with the loss, we were quickly cheered up as we pulled into a local restaurant and were warmly greeted by family, fans and Canisius alumni. We mingled, chatted, enjoyed some chicken wings and then jumped back onto the bus to head home. It was great to see that kind of turnout of people that support us, even when we don't play our best game.
On Saturday morning, we woke up early for a quick practice and a video session to determine what we needed to do to improve in the next game. Sunday afternoon brought the Tigers to Buffalo for our third and final meeting of the season. The Griffs brought a better effort than the game before, but once again fell short.
Weekends such as this past one are not favorable, but can sometimes be a better learning experience than those weekends filled with success. We are coming to point in the season where every game is a must win as we chase down valuable points that will determine our playoffs positioning. Losses like these have a tendency of lighting fires in the bellies of teams, and I know this situation won't be any different. As Coach Smith often says, "We need to have short memories." We must make sure not to repeat the mistakes we made over the weekend.
This upcoming weekend we meet, once again, with our biggest rival in the Niagara Purple Eagles. Games against Niagara are always something that we look forward to and considering it will be our second-to-last weekend of the season, it makes it even more special. We know what we need to do to win, and will be more than ready to do it come Thursday night.
We know we have the personnel in the dressing room to be a championship team, and now it's time to prove it.
See you at the rink,
Scott Jenks, #3