With our first practice on November 1st, we had three full weeks until our long-anticipated first game. The three weeks were filled with competitive and fun practices, in large part due to Coach Plumer and Coach Grills’ ingenuity in motivating our team to bring focus and intensity each time we step on the ice. Regardless, we were anxious to get the first games under our belt. We faced Wesleyan at home for our first two games and we were excited to come out of the weekend with 2 wins. Looking forward, our next six games are on the road, though forefront on our mind is playing RIT this upcoming weekend.
The Saturday before our first game was Amherst Homecoming. This weekend entails strong alumni presence on campus. We felt this an appropriate time to organize a women’s hockey alumni game. Though attempts have been made in the past, these have been limited to a couple of participants and the timing has been such that current players were unable to attend. The trash talk between alumni and current players in the weeks leading up to the game ended up being irrelevant because we ended up splitting the teams (half alumni, half current players). Overall, it was very fun to be on the ice with old teammates again. Had someone videotaped the game, the footage would rival top blooper videos. (I wish I could say this was primarily the alumni, but current players also fell victim to the “sniper” infamous to Orr rink).
Thanksgiving break, for Amherst Women’s Hockey players, means about three days off of hockey but a full week off of class. I am spending my couple days off visiting my brother, John, who lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania (yes, like The Office). Referred to in my family as the chain restaurant capital of the world, my parents and I have spent our Thanksgivings here the past couple years in order to be together. My brother, a goaltender for Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, has games on the day before and the day of Thanksgiving. We laugh about being able to one day, have the luxury of burning the turkey in our own oven again instead of having the beautifully (yet artificial) presentation of turkey dinner at a restaurant.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and good luck in upcoming games/ holiday tournaments.