Many positives can be taken out of last weekend and as a group, the boys will look to build off of these for our first Atlantic hockey conference game at home this Thursday against the visiting Air Force Falcons. With Air Force winning the league last year, this should be a good challenge for our team and our first chance to see how we measure up to a team that is projected to be a front runner in our conference.
There is also a lot of excitement for this game as it is the home opener for our team and with the significant amount of travel we have had here in the first few weeks, it will be nice to finally play on home ice in front of our fans.
After this short home stint, the hockey team will be once again back on the road as we fly to Minnesota to play the Gophers on Sunday. The Gophers are currently ranked second in the nation which will mark the highest ranked opponent I have ever played in my four years of hockey at Canisius College.
Not only does this trip add a certain level of excitement due to the notoriety of our opponent, but it will also be a great experience as our team will attend the Minnesota Gophers football game on Saturday. Personally, this is the first college football game I have ever been to and is also a first for many of my teammates. After watching a significant amount of college football games on TV over the past four years, I am very excited to finally have the opportunity to witness one first hand.
The game in Minnesota will also give some of the Griff families a chance to watch a Canisius hockey game as we have several players from the state of Minnesota and from other places close by. Juniors Ryan Bohrer and Ben Danford and sophomore Keegan Asmundson are all from Minnesota and are all projecting a good turnout from local family members.
This trip will mark the second of three plane trips the hockey team will go on this year, which is also the most travel we have had in my four years.
Once again the Ice Griffs open up Atlantic Hockey play this Thursday at home and if you are in the area, we always appreciate your support and would love to see as many supporters in the stands as possible.
Until next week, Keep It Simple
Ben Parker and Braeden Rigney.