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Campus Chronicles with Peter MacDougall

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 01/13/2009
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On Tuesday, Len LoVullo, a proud member and important part of LoVullo Associates Inc, came and spoke with the team. Mr. LoVullo brought some important ideas and views to the team that we normally would not think about in our day-to-day operations. One idea that stood out to me was the idea and challenge of, “what impression are you going to make and leave behind?” He asked us to consider not only the impression we can make on Canisius College, but also what we want to leave with teammates, friends, and the impression we leave long after we are gone.

Mr. LoVullo used an analogy of an artist and a painting. Each action and decision we make is a stroke of the brush on the canvas. The way that each individual lives their life will depict the image that will be forever sketched. He went on to say that for some people, those individual strokes turn into a masterpiece and for others the picture is not so bright.

The weekend started out as expected, with the team scoring early in the first period. However, Bentley University would come back to score seven unanswered goals and we found ourselves playing catch-up hockey earlier then we had expected in the New Year. Most importantly, the men stuck together knowing very well that we all were part of this uphill battle. Our efforts came up short on this night, with Bentley taking the two points and winning the game 8-3,

As Coach Smith had said in his post-game comments the night before, our team would look to the leadership in the room to get us back on track Saturday night. With Bentley getting a few bounces early, the team headed into the locker room after the first period down 2-0. We used the break to talk over some details and focused all our efforts on winning the next twenty minutes and try to set ourselves up to win the game in the third period.

The team knew that we would have to get one, before we could get two, and two before we could get three, and that’s exactly what we did in the second period...putting us in the position to get two big points. However, the hockey gods were not on our side this night and Bentley took advantage of a scoring opportunity to cap off the sweep.

We are a team that challenges ourselves to be the best game after game, practice after practice. Like many teams before us, we know that there will be many trials and tribulations. The way we rebound is what will make the difference in the end. As a TEAM, we have found ourselves in this position in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. We know very well that there are games ahead in which we will get a chance to prove ourselves. Like I told the Griffs before the game Saturday, “tough times don’t last gentlemen, tough people do.”

This is your captain here, over and out
Pete MacDougall

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