A common word used around the hockey world is "opportunistic" or taking advantage of opportunities when they are presented. Luckily for us on Sunday afternoon, our team was opportunistic late in the third period. Our play left a lot to be desired the first 50 minutes, but a resurgence in the final 10 minutes led us to a weekend sweep.
Sunday's game was capped off by three goals in a 2:52 stretch late in the third period to earn us a 4-3 win. Taylor Law and Patrick Sullivan supplied the fireworks, with Law potting two of the final three goals.
While Saturday was more of a complete effort, ending in a 2-0 win, Sunday proved to be a wake-up call. We did not play well as a team and almost spoiled the weekend because of it. Fortunately, most wake-up calls don't come with two points. Sunday offered a learning experience, but not at the expense of a win thanks to some resiliency from our team. We will have to focus on some details of our game this week in practice to be ready for Air Force on Sunday and Monday.
On a separate note, it feels great to be home for a while. This six-game homestand offers some normalcy to our schedules and the usual comforts of home that a hotel and the road can't offer. Everything from being in our own locker room, to playing on a familiar ice surface, and receiving support from our home crowd can make a difference.
With that being said, it would be awesome to earn a home playoff series. While finishing top-4 in the league and earning a first round bye is still our goal, the Atlantic Hockey Playoffs offer at least one guaranteed home playoff series to the top eight teams this year. There would be nothing better than to host a playoff series in my final year at Canisius. The team will take it one game at a time, but that will be in the back of my mind along the way.
Until next week, keep your head up.
Scott Moser, #24