The semester is over and that means that it is time to relax... incorrect.
The Monday morning following finals found the team waking up at 5:30 to work with ROTC...yes that is 5:30 a.m. For the next two days, we would take part in team-building activities. These activities included a push-up and core circuit followed by a run at Forrest Lawn Cemetery. Tuesday was broken into shifts determined by the points accumulated the day before for each group. To say the very least, the Churchill Platoon (the one that I was part of) did not do very well. So for the second day we found ourselves waking up at 5:30 to be at the Koessler Athletic Center. The other two platoons followed suit at 6:30 and 7:00. Overall this experience was very beneficial to me and all my teammates. It allowed us to experience dedication and sacrifice from a different perspective.
Midway through the season, the men and I all thought that we were in pretty good shape, both with regards to our conditioning and strength. Well the men involved with the ROTC begged to differ. I would have liked to be a fly on the wall watching myself get out of bed Wednesday morning. If I recall correctly, I rolled out of my bed onto the floor, put my right hand on my thigh and pushed myself to my feet. Oh, did I forget that was followed by a “what did I do to myself?”
Looking forward, the weekend was upon us and that meant four points were up for grabs. The only thing, or so we thought, that stood in the way was Mercyhurst. Low and behold, Mother Nature had something to say about that. I’m not 100% sure on the amount of snow that fell in the Lake Erie area, but it was a lot. Too much actually and our trip to Erie Pa. was cancelled. Instead of playing a hockey game, the Ice Griffs found themselves shovelling their driveways and sidewalks to ensure that they would make it to the rink for the game that would take place the next day.
The snow storm that took place on the days before pretty much summed up the hockey game that took place on Saturday afternoon. Both teams came out wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Similar to the storm, both teams smothered any hopes of offense early in the contest. Derek Danowski, would weather the storm in the first period and then again in the second giving the team a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. However, Mercyhurst would pull even again early in the third. Knowing that this was the last thing we had to do before Christmas break, both teams pushed forth, trying to ensure a victory. After 65 minutes neither team was able to solidify two points and the game ended in a tie.
Seeing as this will be my last Chronicle before Christmas. I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all my teammates and their family and friends a Merry Christmas. I hope Santa is good to all of you. (wink wink) I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year as the Ice Griffs push forth toward the Atlantic Hockey Championship.
This is your captain here, over and out
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