Coming off a big win against Clarkson we were excited a great week of practice and of course no classes which apparently means team movie nights, zumba and interesting team challenges to fill the spare time. I think a few of us even managed to get some work done during the break. Early practice Thursday morning also gave us a chance to take off for Thanksgiving day with family or friends.
Those who live in Connecticut or celebrate with family close by hosted the Canucks and the girls living too far away to make it home for the holiday. Paige took in a good portion of the freshman class and Bray and Aleca hosted people as well – thanks guys!
We didn’t rest up too long or eat too much Turkey because we were back at it the next day with pregame skate and then the first game of the Nutmeg classic tournament against U Conn. After a little delay with the arrival of the bus we took off to the TD Sports Center (at Quinnipiac) where the tournament was being hosted this year.
We played as a team and the effort paid off as we beat U Conn 5-2 with the final goal coming off an empty net in the final minute. U Conn is a good team and this was a big win for us to prove to ourselves that we can play with any team when we show up and compete. The win put us into the championship game Saturday against Quinnipiac who had a decisive win over Sacred Heart the night before.
Unfortuantly, we didn’t have the same results in the final game and QPac took home the Nutmeg Championship with a 2-1 win. Snik, our goalie, stood on her head to keep us in the game. Even with some close chances in the last minute when we took a timeout and added an extra attacker by pulling our goalie, we just couldn’t seem to put the puck in the net.
It would have been nice to win the championship but we didn’t loose any opportunities for points in league standings and we get another opportunity to play Quinnipiac (as well as Princeton) this weekend in league play. Hopefully we can carry the momentum from the win against U Conn and take a lesson from playing Quinnipiac and be better prepared to face off against them next week when we can have some revenge.-Sam