After only coming away with one point from our weekend series against Boston College, it was clear that we had to do a better job of focusing on the little things that were going to help us win games. The following week of practice involved a lot of skill work such as touch passing and angling. Angling is a difficult skill but it is a vital component of the forecheck, which is something that we’ve struggled with at times this season. Not only were we working hard during practice, but Coach also set aside half an hour of ice for us before each practice so that we could get on the ice and work on our individual weaknesses by ourselves or with the help of a teammate.
At the end of the week, all of our hard work paid off and we were able to come away with a big win on Saturday against the Black Bears from the University of Maine. It was a hard fought game and although we got off to a slow start, we were able to regroup and refocus during the first intermission. We came out hard in the second period and created a lot of chances off of our forecheck, and we started winning more of our battles. We jumped out to a 3-0 lead and we weren’t going to give it up. The final score of the game was 3-1. It was nice to get a win against a fellow Hockey East team, but we didn’t celebrate for too long because we had to focus on our next games against the University of New Hampshire.
With four crucial Hockey East points up for grabs against UNH this weekend, we needed another solid week of practice. So on Monday the upperclassmen proposed the idea of awarding a hard hat at the end of the week to the hardest working, and most focused player for that week of practice. So far this week we’ve had four really good practices with everybody giving it their all, so it’s still up in the air who will win the inaugural hard hat. However, I have an inside source who tells me that we’re doing my favourite drill (properly named “The Chaisson”) today, and it’s shoot-out day so anything can happen…
– Chaisson #13