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Oct. 6, 2011

Senior Sean Duddy – who was named a team captain for the Ohio State men’s hockey team this week – checks in with another blog as the Buckeyes get set for the first series of the regular season. The Buckeyes will host Quinnipiac for two games, facing off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.

There is a schedule magnet giveaway. Saturday night. Saturday, Duddy and his senior classmates Cory Schneider and Cal Heeter will have an autograph session postgame on the concourse level by The Official Team Shop.

Read on for Duddy’s blog:

Hi everyone,

The first two weeks of the regular season have been challenging, but it’s great to get back into the full swing of things. We were still only allowed to have two hours of practice with the coaches per week leading up to the Windsor game, so we weren’t able to work on systems and strategy very much. Because of a concert at the Schott, we weren’t even able to have our traditional meal the night before the game vs. Windsor, so we all went downtown to Buca Di Beppo for our own pre-game meal, and we had a great time. Paulie (Kirtland) and I split a spicy pasta dish, but we also ended up sharing with some of the guys around us and I took a bite of Schneider’s salad so we all got a complete nutritious meal.

The coaches challenged us to work hard, keep the tempo high and play physical in our game, and we responded very well. Both goalies played very well in net, and we generated a lot of offense which was something we were lacking a bit at the end of last season. It was definitely nice to get the offense going, but we slipped a bit defensively in the third and almost gave up a big lead. I think blowing that lead was one of the best things that could have happened to us as a young team, because we were able to build some great character and hold on to the one-goal lead we had left, even killing off a late penalty. It also showed us as a team that no lead is safe in college hockey, and if we let off the gas for even a second the opposition will jump right back into the game.

Hopefully this lesson will pay off for us, because we have our first tough regular season test this weekend against Quinnipiac. It feels like forever since we’ve played a meaningful game, so I know all of the guys are fired up to set the tempo for the rest of the season. It should be a great weekend, and hopefully everyone who’s reading this will be there. It’s time for me to grab some lunch now, but thanks for checking in, and I’m sure one of us will have another blog soon.

Sean Duddy