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Middlebury Panthers End Holiday Break Strong

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Hi, my name is Victoria Laven and I am a sophomore at Middlebury College. After a tough finals week the team all headed home for a two-week break. Everyone enjoyed their time with friends and family, but we were ready to get back on the ice by the time December 28th came around. The team came back to Middlebury a week early in order to practice and prepare for our game against Elmira on January 3. We hit the ground running and started the week with a couple of two-a-day practices. Since we’d been off the ice a while it was a week full of hard work and sore muscles. Everyone was focused and energetic for practices. Our bitter loss to Elmira was in the back of our minds each day and served as incentive to put forth our best effort. It was nice to have the campus to ourselves, as the college was still technically on break. We spent our free time hanging out and watching sports. We rung in the New Year with a team dinner party and the US vs. Canada World Juniors game, of course.

On Friday we headed up to Elmira and practiced at their rink that night. It was a long bus ride and a pre-game practice was a perfect way to stretch out our legs. The freshmen and sophomores had never played at Elmira, so it was nice to get a feel for the rink before the game. Everyone was excited for the game and also because we got to enjoy a team meal out at Olive Garden. The game against Elmira was intense and challenging. We ended up tying and although a tie was not the ideal result it was an improvement from our previous loss to them. It’s tough coming off of a break and playing a game against a good team, but we pushed through and came out strong. We hope to build off of this weekend and continue to improve. The month of January holds more challenges as we will be playing many NESCAC games and battling for the top spot in the league.

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