I cannot believe I am already saying happy holidays, or a belated Happy Hanukkah, to all those who celebrate it. The last blog was close to Thanksgiving, so I hope everybody had a great turkey day as well! I am currently on a flight back to my hometown in Los Angeles, California, and, for everyone traveling I am wishing you safe travels as well!
So, first topic on our agenda is Colorado. Travel day meant early practice day as well. The pups woke up to complete one more practice on that Wednesday morning of November 13th. Our flight out West did not take off until later, so after practice we were able to have a couple of hours before our departure to the airport. Once we arrived at our terminal, and checked in, it was official, the huskies were heading to Vail. For myself, this was my first airplane trip with the team in my three years. It’s been a few years since the pups flew anywhere, so I know everybody was very excited for a great trip in a beautiful place. Boston University was also on our flight, so it was a Hockey East reunion. After about five hours we landed in Denver, Colorado. Once we had arrived, picked up all of our bags, and boarded the bus, we were off to a team meal at the Olive Garden. After dinner, instead of driving to our final destination that evening, we stayed at a hotel in Denver, so we could all get a good nights rest. The next morning consisted of a nice team breakfast before we started our journey to the mountains. A couple of hours of driving, and we arrived at our gorgeous hotel in the village of Vail. After some exploring, and reuniting with some of the parents and family members that traveled to support us in the beautiful town, it was time for practice. This was a little tough considering the altitude difference, but it was good for us to experience, and start preparing for the change. This now brings us to Friday, November 15th. This also means game day against The University of Wisconsin. It has also been awhile since the huskies have competed against these two Midwest teams that were on our schedule for the week. After an awesome game against the Badgers, the pups came short and lost by a score of 2-3. It only got harder from here. Next up was St. Cloud. A good nights sleep was essential as we had a quick turn around to face off against the Huskies the next day. Morning came and went, so it was time to walk to the rink to start preparing for our game. Another solid team effort, by both team, but St. Cloud beat us to win the game 2-3. So, despite the two losses, the trip was amazing. It was snowing, which made the scenery even more beautiful, and I think this trip definitely made our team even closer as a whole. It was great to catch up with some of the parents that were there, as well as friends on the other teams that we don’t see often. What was even cooler was being able to be a part of the four teams trying to promote women’s hockey in this little town of Colorado. Battling against these two teams that we don’t see often was also extremely fun and exciting. After a long few days, it was time to head back home. Our bus left from the hotel at 7am, so we could beat the blizzard that was approaching, and catch our flight home. The pups landed back in the Bean at 6:30 on Sunday evening. I couldn’t have asked to go somewhere more beautiful to play the game we love, and I am so thankful that we were given that opportunity.
After reality set back in that we were back in Boston, and had classes the next day, it was time to get down to business and finish some homework. Monday morning rolled around, and it was already time to register for spring of 2014 classes. This just proved that fall semester was flying by and coming to an end. This also meant that exams were approaching. BUT, a week of classes went by, which now brings us to our LAST overnight road trip of this first half of the season. With 6am practice completed, and one class attended, the pups once again met back at Mathews Arena, boarded the bus, and departed for Vermont. After another great team dinner, it was bed time, and time to prepare for two league games. It’s now Friday, November 22nd, and we have pregame skate, pregame meal, and game one of the weekend. A total team effort makes the huskies beat the Catamounts 2-1. The next day consisted of a team breakfast, team walk, another pregame meal, and one more game against the Cats. We ended up losing by a score of 2-3, and splitting the series. I have never been more proud of my team by the way we came together and battled until the final buzzer. It was definitely a happy bus home to the city.
After a day of rest on Sunday, a few of the girls went to the Mahoney’s household for a Sunday dinner with the family. It’s always great to see Marianne after an away trip. She looks forward to our company, and I know everyday we can see her makes our days even better. I do want to include a documentary, made by Claire Santostefano, of our 23rd teammate. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4148195820619&l=945464831942541771
There were only a few more days of classes before Thanksgiving break. Our last class of the week landed on Wednesday, November 27th. Thanksgiving, I must say, is my favorite meal of the year, so I was pretty excited for Thursday. Turkey day had arrived, so the pups had a nice Thanksgiving Day skate before we all went different ways for the night. This was also interesting because Hanukkah had started this early as well. Some pups stayed in the city, and cooked a nice meal for themselves, while the other local girls brought some teammates along and went home to their families. I can definitely say that I left the O’Sullivan household with a happy stomach. Thank you to my east coast family for hosting myself, and cooking an amazing feast. We drove back into the city that night to prepare for our final departure to New Hampshire the next day. Our next opponent was Dartmouth on the 29th of November. After a quick trip, the game ended up going into overtime, but Wallace was able to find the back of the net to beat the Big Green by a score of 2-1.
I can’t believe it is now December. Where did this year go? It’s been a long semester of traveling, but we have officially approached the last week of classes before final exams begin. The excitement is starting to escalate as the holiday season has arrived, and break is right around the corner. After practice on Monday evening, the team decided to host a sweater party event for Marianne, and the rest of the Mahoney family. Everyone threw on their ugly sweater, and had a great evening before our big game against BU on Tuesday night. Tuesday had arrived, which marked our LAST home game and regular season game of 2013. This game was also a game where people could bring toys and contribute to a great cause, Toys 4 Tots. It was definitely a battle of Boston, but the Terriers ended up taking the 2-5 win back to Comm. Ave.
The last day of classes was finally here on Wednesday, December 4th. Some people had final papers or exams that day, but reading day started on Thursday, which meant exam period had arrived. On Sunday, December 8th, Kelly Wallace and myself met Marianne and her sister at their house and walked to a nice breakfast café in their part of town. This was the last time we would be seeing the Mahoney family until January. Like I mentioned before, it’s always a pleasure seeing them, so it was a great break from studying, and a nice way to start the holiday season. After a long week of studying for final exams, the pups were released for Winter Break. We will be reporting back to Boston on the 27th, to start preparing for our next and exciting battle against Harvard University on Frozen Fenway on Thursday, January 2nd. I hope y’all are ready for a chilly, outdoor game, and if you’re in the area you should stop by! I will be touching down in California in the next few minutes, so until the next blog, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday season to all! On another note, this will be the last blog of 2013, so I hope your 2013 was just as spectacular as mine, and I will update you again in 2014!
Have a Happy New Year!