Happy November to all! Gotta love this month for all those mustaches that we will be seeing for Movember! It is Veterans Day today, so I would just like to say a huge thank you to all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for this country and our freedom. We are truly blessed! As I write this next entry on a holiday, I believe I left off last on another holiday, Columbus Day. We celebrated with no classes, but we still had practice and lift. Today, however, we celebrate with a game!
Rewinding back to last month; since Monday was, in fact, a holiday, we were back in classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. That could have been one of the shortest weeks, especially because the pups took off for Mercyhurst on Thursday morning. After a quick flight, we landed in Buffalo, drove to Erie, PA, rested for the afternoon, and ended the night with a practice. The next morning we had a pregame skate, followed by lunch, video, and down time before our game against the Lakers. The puck dropped at 7, and it was go time. Both teams played great, but we came out with a 4-0 win. We weren’t satisfied yet, however. We were back at it the next day for game number two. Another good game, but we ended up splitting the series, after the Lakers beat us by a score of 2-4. Since we had the earlier game that Saturday afternoon and were done at a reasonable hour, those who were interested were able to go support the Boston Bruins as they battled against the Buffalo Sabres. It was a nice coincidence that our professional team happened to be in the area the same time that we were. Great couple of days, but we boarded the plane on Sunday morning, and arrived back in Beantown by the early afternoon. We had the rest of the day off to catch up on sleep, homework, and relax.
October was definitely a busy month for us. After a long weekend in Erie, we then practiced Monday through Wednesday, and traveled again to Pennsylvania on Thursday. This time the pups boarded the plane and were off to Robert Morris. We arrived in PA in the morning, and practiced late that night. We had two games, one on Friday night and one on Saturday afternoon. Fun fact about these two teams is that our own defensemen, Colleen Murphy, battled against her sister Katherine Murphy. I went to the North American Hockey Academy with both of the Murphy’s, so it was cool to have all of us playing on the same ice again! We fell short to the Colonials the first game by a score of 2-3, and tied the second game 2-2. Not a bad weekend, but it definitely felt great to land back in Boston on Sunday morning.
That was the last of our travel stretch, which was also a great feeling. We had one more tough week ahead, with three games in five days. We traveled to our cross-town rivals, Boston University, on Tuesday, October 28th, for a 7pm game. The Terriers defeated the Huskies 2-3. We were given Wednesday off to get treatments and prepare for our game on Thursday. We, once again, hopped on the bus, and were off to New Hampshire for another late game. Good battle by both teams, but the pups defeated the Wildcats 2-0. After a long game, we went to board the bus to get home, and it turned out that our bus broke down. The new bus, we found out, wasn’t going to arrive for another hour and a half. Long night it was, but thankfully we were off again on Friday. This day was essential for rest, so everyone relaxed, caught up on homework, and rejuvenated for our game on Saturday. (I hope everyone also had a great Halloween, and wore some great costumes!). After the longest month, we finally had a home game, at Matthews Arena, on Saturday, November 1st. It felt great to be back playing in the arena we know best, in front of our fans. The Maine Black Bears came out to play, and ended up defeating us 0-1.
I would also like to mention that Kendall Coyne and Paige Savage took off to represent Team USA in Kamloops, BC for the four nations tournament. What a great honor, and so proud of everyone who represented our country! Two more of our players, from the Czech Republic, Denisa Krizova and Lucie Povova took off to play for their home country in Japan. I know they all had a great time, but its great to have them back as well!
Our schedule finally started to calm down a bit, and we were able to get into the routine of things again. We spent the next full week in classes, practicing, and lifting. This was an important week for us because our next opponent was another Boston rival, Boston College. The battle of Boston occurred on Saturday, November 8th, at Matthews Arena. After a tough game, the Eagles came out with a 1-6 win.
It is gameday today against Boston University. Our bus leaves pretty soon here to BU, so I am going to end this post wishing everyone a great day, and I hope to see you at our game!
Until the next update hockey fans!