By: Connor Bullock
Wednesday February 27th marked the last day the 2012-2013 Varsity Hockey team would ever lace up their skates as a unit. Coming into the season we knew we had an overwhelming amount of returning seniors on top young recruits that would fit well into our system. We started training in September and played some exhibition games throughout the next two months, up until the official start of our season in early November. Who could predict how far we’d go.
Though we experienced a bit of a rough start we came together and finished 3rd in our league and were lined up against Nichols in the first round for a “best two out of three” match up. In the first game we fell back 2-0 quite early and despite a fired up team in the third period we were unable to score to tie it up and fell 2-1. The second game, a must win, was at home where we faired a little better. Getting off to an amazing first period helped us come away with a 4-3 win, and now we were headed back to Buffalo for the deciding game. Nichols was decently gutless and slotted us in to play at 7:45 Wednesday evening, knowing we would not make it home until the early hours of the morning the next day. The game was back-and- forth with both teams trading momentum constantly, however it came down to the wire and we were on the losing side of a 3-2 game.
The team would like to thank the coaches, parents, administration, and especially the fans, for what was an unforgettable season and one for which the College should be proud. For the seniors, while some are planning to stay in Canada and play intramural sports, others have aspirations of going to Division 1 and Division 3 schools in the US. The team would like to wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors. I personally would like to say thank you to anyone who has ever read any of my hockey articles, and I invite you to follow me as I begin to write about the Varsity Lacrosse team as we begin what has the potential to be the best team we’ve had in a long time. Cheers.