For most of you this week was all about turkey, turkey, turkey, oh yea, and a little bit of shopping. You all should have eaten enough to hold you off until Christmas and have begun buying your Christmas gifts because my favorite time of the year is just around the bend.
Even though I’m not American, this past week felt special to me. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to give thanks for family, friends and opportunities we are lucky to have. Being a student athlete, the opportunities in my life thus far have been endless. I have made special friends, new teammates and, thanks to Canisius College, become a lot smarter (I may have stretched the truth a bit there). But seriously, Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect back on the path I have took to get to where I am today and give thanks for all who have helped me alone the way.
Speaking of help, (believe me I need it sometimes, just ask my roommates) two people that have been helping me since I can remember are my mom and dad. It was quite fitting that my mom was able to make the trip down to Potsdam N.Y. and witness the historic weekend that the team had (a little more on that later). Even though pops (my dad) had to stay behind to attend the Canadian Western Agribition, it was still nice to spend some quality time with my mom (Thanks for the food and money mom).
Now for the business side of things, and believe me it was all business this weekend. Coming off what the men thought was a disappointing trip to Bentley, the team was out to prove to ourselves just how good we could be. Travelling to Clarkson University to play the Golden Knights, we knew they were going to be hungry for a win. The men were fully aware that we were in for a war, and winning the little battles was going to make the difference.
Friday night was a lot like a game of chess, back and forth. As the game wound down and saw us trailing 3-2, we were forced to pull our goalie. With the Knights breaking out of their zone two on zero, the men showed our never-die mentality. Working harder then ever, the six guys were able to get back and break up the play. With 13.8 seconds remaining, Jason Weeks would tie the game and send it into overtime. With just over a minute remaining in overtime, Spencer Churchill would be the hero of the night, sealing the Griffs’ first win against an ECAC school.
Coming off a gutsy performance, the team was looking for its third sweep in the last four weekends. With the Griffs’ leading 2-0, the Golden Knights fought back and would tie the game late in the third period. Overtime would not settle anything on this night. Confident and satisfied with taking three out of four, we jumped on the bus knowing that we have a full week of work ahead preparing for Army, who travel into town for games on Saturday and Sunday.
This is your captain here, over and out
On behalf of the entire Canisius College Men’s Ice Hockey Team, I would like to pass along our condolences to Assistant Coach TJ Manastersky and the Manastersky Family for the recent deaths of TJ’s grandmother, Joan McMullen, and great aunt, Betty Macreavie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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