This weekend featured two games that followed a similar theme to how our season has started - low scoring and very tight games that came down to the very end. Clarkson marked the end of out of conference play until after the Christmas break and we were really hoping to add a few wins before playing at home to Robert Morris this Friday but two ties will have to do.
There are many positives that can be taken from this weekend and the boys will look to utilize these positives as well as working out some last minute kinks in order to have success next weekend. One thing that really seems to be coming around this year is the power play. We tallied a power play in each game this weekend and now have three on the season, this looks very promising as the power play looks to be improving every week. Goaltending was once again a strong aspect of our team as Tony Capobianco continued his stellar play between the pipes.
Next Saturday the Griffs will be back on the road for a game against the RIT Tigers. Being a senior, this game is very important as I have never won in this rink and am very confident that our team is capable of such a task. Both of next week's opponents are teams that were picked above us in the preseason polls and this gives us a chance to prove that we deserve to be a contending team in our league. Even though we are back on the road Saturday, it is not an overly far trip, which is a sigh of relief after the hefty travel schedule we endured to kick off the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign.
On a side note, Matt Grazen was handed an eight game suspension for a hit that occurred in the Air Force game. Matt is an integral part of the Griffs hockey team and it is upsetting to see that he will not be back in action for a few weeks. Although this does not look to have slowed Matt down as his intensity in practice and in the gym has remained high and I predict this time off will not prove to be too detrimental to Matt's success this season.
To finish off I would just like to send my condolences to any one affected by Hurricane Sandy, especially anyone involved in the Griff community. The entire hockey team and staff wishes you all the best and hope that the recovery process will be quick and painless.
As always, I would like to thank you for your continued support of Griffs Hockey and look forward to seeing you at the rink.
Until next week, keep it simple,
Ben Parker and Braeden Rigney.