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Campus Chronicles with Peter MacDougall

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 12/10/2008
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We have made the turn and are on the final stretch of another semester. It seems like yesterday that I left my farm in Saskatchewan to begin my junior year of college. Now my days of being a student-athlete are more than half way done (where has the time gone?).

Although some of us complain at times about the stress related to balancing hockey and school, we will all miss it once it is over. What would you rather do? Go to school for 12.5 hours a week, then head off to the rink to practice for eight hours a week and in doing so, get to play the game that you love or go to work for at least 40 hours a week, sometimes doing something that you would rather not be doing (I feel like this in the summer)?

To say the least, I think I like the position that I am in. I just wish the teachers would take it a little easier on us students at times (special emphasis on the lovely faculty in the Business Department here at Canisius).

Heading into an important weekend that would see us face off against the United States Military Academy at West Point, the boys were riding the wave after taking 3-of-4 points at Clarkson University the previous weekend.

Timely goals and excellent goaltending were the keys to success in our Friday night win against the Black Knights of Army. Earning his fourth career shutout, Andrew Loewen kept the Knights off of the score sheet. Feeding off some big saves, Vincent Scarsella and Cory Conacher both notched a goal early in the second and third periods. As a team, we played our smartest game system-wise, limiting Army’s scoring chances. For the fourth time in five weekends, we found ourselves heading into the second game of the series thinking SWEEP.

For all the fans that stuck around to watch the game on Sunday, thank you. After a timely delay due to the zamboni eating a puck we finally got the game underway. Again, we found ourselves in a game that went back and forth with both team having ample scoring opportunities. With freshman Dave Kostuch leading the charge, the team battled hard to solidify our position in second place in the Atlantic Hockey standings. With the game tied late in the third period, the Griffs went on the power play with a great opportunity to put the game away. But like in any sport, one bounce can change the momentum and that was the case Sunday afternoon. Scoring a short-handed goal, the Knights took the lead 4-3, giving us our first loss at home this season.

For the team, this game was a tough pill to swallow. Heading into a bye weekend for the Griffs, we will have plenty of time to get back to the basics and get comfortable with any adjustments the coaching staff might make as we head down I-90 to Mercyhurst on December 19th.

With Christmas just around the corner, a couple of the guys asked me to post their Christmas lists so they could guarantees that Santa will get them just what they want:

Vincent Scarsella- A $50 gift card to ETS
Ryan Klusendorf- Men’s Rogaine Foam
Pat Kenney- Daddy’s BMW 3 series-335
Cory Connacher- Remington Precision Deluxe PG-200 Side Burn Trimmer
Scott Jenks- Everlast 5-Pound Neoprene Dumbbell Weights
Phil Rauch- Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men on DVD

This is your captain here, over and out
Pete MacDougall

Campus Chronicles and additional Canisius hockey coverage can be found each week in the Buffalo and Niagara area in the Metro Source. For previous entries plus additional Canisius features, visit Metro Source's website by clicking here

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