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Oct. 27, 2011

The Buckeyes open their CCHA home slate with two games in Value City Arena against Alaska, beginning tonight at 7:05 p.m. Game two is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday and is a Buckeye Spooktacular, a Halloween-themed night which features trick-or-treating on the concourse. Children and students are encouraged to wear costumes. Following the game Friday there will be a Skate with the Buckeyes for fans who bring their own skates.

Junior forward Alex Carlson catches the fans up on what the Buckeyes have been doing since returning home from Michigan State with a split.

Since we had a Thursday/Friday series with Michigan State we had Saturday off. But then, it was right back to work with a work-out Sunday morning at 9 a.m. We had a good lift with our strength coach that consisted of some squats, cleans, bench press and a few other lifts. After lift guys would ice tub, get stretched out and take care of any other needs before practice started up on Monday. In the evening we had some guys from the team volunteer with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

On Monday, we had warm-up at 7:15 a.m. and were on the ice around 8:30. We started off a little sluggish but it wasn’t long until the intensity picked up. With our first two home games in the CCHA this weekend we know how important this week of practice is. Practice today only lasted about an hour and 30 minutes but it was hard and productive. After skate we had a quick lift. Then it was off to class, tutors or home. Overall I think it was one of our best Monday practices and a great way to start the short week.

Tuesday we had warm-up a little later at 7:40. We carried over Monday’s tempo right into practice today. We did a lot of competitive drills to get our compete level ready for the upcoming games. There was great energy and intensity from everyone. We worked a little bit on our power play and penalty kill as well. After practice we met with our academic counselor as we do every Tuesday to take care of any academic needs. There was no lift today so guys were on their own. Sean Duddy, Cory Schneider and I are the regulars who ice tub nearly everyday. The best part of our day is when we get to take a nice hot steamy shower after freezing our legs in the ice tub. Unfortunately, the showers in the rink seem to run out of hot water pretty quick so by the time we got in there they were cold—a huge disappointment!

Today (Wednesday) we got to sleep in a little longer than usual since we were not on the ice until 9 a.m. It was a good chance to catch up on an hour or so of sleep that you may have missed from studying for midterms the two nights before. Again practice was hard and quick. Pace was great from start to finish. We touched up on special teams a bit more and did some flow drills. At the end of each practice the day before a game we will always do a shoot-out. I happened to get unlucky in the first round and was knocked out (the ice was bad). The finalists were Chris Crane, Curtis Gedig and Devon Krogh. Of course the forward of the three ended up winning! After practice was a quick flush. We also had a team meal. Brady Hjelle looked like he was training with sumo-wrestlers as he helped himself to five servings. I don’t blame him though, the food was delicious. We had waffles, eggs, diced potatoes and some fruit. Tomorrow we have a quick pre-game skate at 9 so I better get going and get some sleep so I am well rested.

Thank you everyone for following along, we appreciate your support! Go Bucks!

-Alex