The second game did not have as good of a result, but I do not feel the score reflected the game at all. It was a hard-fought battle with Holy Cross and a few bounces that led to its goals and us just coming up a little short in the scoring column. It was still a great effort on our part and hopefully we can transition the high energy we showed all weekend against Niagara.
There is no other team that we play all year that we would rather beat than Niagara. It is normally a very tight game that can go either way that adds to the excitement. Niagara is running away with the regular season title for our conference with only one loss, but not one player on our team doubts for a second in our ability to win, including myself especially after how close our first game against them was.
Every year our school competes against Niagara in what is known as the "Battle of the Bridge" where every sport competes head-to-head and whoever at the end of the year has accumulated more wins overall takes the Canal Cup. The last two years our school has come out on top, which always feels good as it does to win any competition. This also adds a little more incentive to win as it is nice when our team can contribute to winning this and it would also be great to beat the "top dog" in our conference.
Only one month remains in the regular season and every weekend features a tough opponent as we have games left against Niagara, Air Force, Robert Morris and RIT. All of these teams are tough opponents and all believe they have a right to be in the final four tournament of our conference just like we do. This means every weekend from here on must be treated like playoff hockey as it is vital to finish as high as possible in the standings to get ready for the condensed playoff schedule featured in college hockey.
Our first game against Niagara is this Thursday at home and our team would be grateful to see you there as we look to knock off the top team in our conference.
Until next time, keep it simple,
Ben Parker and Braeden Rigney