It’s Thursday morning and I am sitting on the couch in Upper St. Clair Pa., watching SportsCenter for the second time today. It feels weird to know that I have nothing more pressing to do today, similar to the past three days, and makes me really think about what my teammates and I have become accustomed to doing over the past season...the routine of a college hockey player. It is a strange feeling knowing that that I do not have to lift at noon, that I am not required to be at the rink for a 2 o’clock practice or in a video session at 4 p.m. I have come to the conclusion, as I have to force myself to get off of the couch and shower, getting out of a routine is nearly as hard as getting into one.
Last Sunday’s game was very disappointing because the team had fought so hard to force a game three after we had dropped game one on Friday night. Knowing that it would be do or die Saturday and Sunday, the men left everything on the ice. Saturday’s game was a great one to be part of. Flying out of the gate, we took an early lead and never looked back. Trying to ride the momentum into Sunday’s game, the men took every opportunity to get some rest Sunday knowing that we were in for a battle Sunday Night. Even carefully-laid plans can go astray though and it was not in the cards for the Griffs. With Bentley jumping out to an early lead, the team fought for the full 60 trying to get a bounce or an opportunity that would put us over the top.
Anytime your season ends with a loss, it feels disappointment no matter the amount of team or personal goals that had been accomplished in the season. The amount of time the men and coaches put into the season just adds to the lump that had settled into the pit of my stomach Sunday night. All the off-season workouts, preseason skates, all the effort the men have put into the program over the season as we pushed forth to try and win the AHA Championship, feels like it was all for not. Knowing very well that it was not, it still remains evident as we look back at a season in which we truly thought was our year to shine.
Most of us will have the opportunity to come back again next year and gear up for what will be my last run at an NCAA Championship. However, John Patera and Spencer Churchill are two men that will be moving on as they graduate from Canisius College and begin to settle into the ‘real world’. Giving four years to a program, these two men have been the foundation of the leaps and bounds Canisius College Hockey has made in a short period of time. Playing through the ups and downs, John and Spencer have led the way. On behalf of the team, I would like to wish these two men the best of luck with whatever awaits them around the bend.
With this being the last edition of the Campus Chronicles for the season, I would like to say thank you to all those who have supported our team over the season and to all who have tuned in on a weekly basis to catch my behind the scenes tour of Griffins Hockey. Thanks again and enjoy the summer, I look forward to seeing everyone in the rink when we kick off the 2009-10 season.
This is your captain here, over and out
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