The Buckeyes traveled to Vermont over the weekend, posting wins over Vermont and Army to win the Catamount Cup championship.
Senior C.J. Severyn blogged from the team’s trip.
Sunday, Jan. 1 After a hard fought game against Vermont we were rewarded by getting to sleep in until 10 a.m. for a 10:30 breakfast. We had the usual eggs and pancakes, but also pasta and chicken for those who wanted it. Since we played at 4 p.m., this would be our pregame meal so everyone ate up, especially me. Albert, Toy, and Sims had their early morning coffee walk, a new element added to their pregame routines. Once everyone finished eating we went for a walk and had a stretch, before coming back for quick video and a meeting. We departed to our rooms for a few hours of downtime before getting ready for the afternoon’s faceoff.
We knew this team would be tough and would demand our respect, and we were right. They continued to fight hard as we expected they would, being trained not to quit. We emerged victorious and loaded the bus for the trip home. It was filled with movies and battles to stay awake, so as to not fall asleep too early and be up in the middle of the night with nothing to do. We arrived in Columbus at about 8 a.m. and the guys immediately set out for the first day of classes. It was a great road trip and the team really made strides in the right direction. I am excited to see what this team can do the second half of the season and know we will do everything we can to bring home a championship in Columbus! Thanks for checking in and be sure to cheer on the football team on Tuesday as they compete in the Sugar Bowl – Go Bucks!
Saturday, Jan. 1
Happy New Year Buckeye Nation!! We really started the year off with a step in the right direction. It all began with a phenomenal breakfast at the hotel this morning, leading into the best skate we’ve had all week. Our feet were moving, guys were chirping, passes were crisp and sharp – we knew tonight would go the way we intended it to.
We returned to the hotel for another great meal of pasta and chicken, with the popular favorite of brown gravy for sauce. Guys scarfed down their food and headed to their rooms for a few hours of downtime before the big matchup at 7 p.m. Our rooms at the hotel face the lobby, so they get extremely dark and 60 degree room temperatures – prime napping conditions for guys who crave bed time like my roommate Chris Reed! We hopped on the bus around 5 p.m. and cruised across the street to the rink for our usual pregame routine of stick taping, eating, and stretching.
We took the ice for the first time against an opponent other than ourselves in more than 3 weeks, and it felt great. We had tons of energy and everyone was excited to hit someone else for a change, but the time off showed and we were a little rusty in the first period. We bounced back and played a solid two periods and really stuck together and played as a team. It was great to see everyone come together and battle toward a common goal, and we were successful. Some veterans really stepped up and led the way for us tonight and Cal was great between the pipes. It really was a team effort out there tonight and a great step for Buckeye Hockey. I hope everyone back in Columbus enjoyed their New Years and I look forward to the update tomorrow after we faceoff against Army.
Friday, December 31
After a solid night’s rest we woke up to our usual 9:30 a.m. wakeup calls and headed down to the lobby for another delicious breakfast of eggs, French toast – the works. We quickly loaded up the bus and hit the road for the trip from Syracuse, N.Y. to Burlington, Vt. The nice thing about traveling during break is no homework, which means a lot of movies on the bus. The line-up this morning was solid and started off with Eurotrip, followed by Green Street Hooligans and Two for the Money – which was a surprisingly good flick. Cal Heeter enjoys any movie featuring his twin, Matthew McConaughey, so he especially loved this one. Everyone tried to rest as much as possible, but it was unusually difficult this bus trip for whatever reason, with most of us toughing it out until we arrived at the rink in Vermont.
We arrived around 3:30pm and hurried to unload our gear and get to the hotel for a quick meal of soup and sandwiches before practice at 5. We had nice, quick skate to get our legs moving and flush our bodies – really trying to get everything out of our legs that had built up over the last day sitting on the bus. We were surprisingly sharp, everyone really focused on what we needed to accomplish during practice in order to be prepared for the battle that’s going to take place on the ice. We returned to the hotel across the road for dinner and a short video session with the coaches to further educate ourselves on our opponent tomorrow night, the Vermont Catamounts. They are a very good team, much better than their record indicates, and we are going to have our work cut out for us. We are confident in our abilities to compete at the level expected of Buckeye Hockey and have put ourselves in a position since returning from break to be successful. After dinner a few guys headed across the street to grab some drinks and snacks to ensure their bodies are properly fueled and hydrated for tomorrow night – it’s going to be an all-out battle on the ice. Corey Toy has even stuck with his “no ice cream” policy at dinner, which has been a surprise to us all!
Thursday, December 30 With the long bus trip ahead to Burlington, we skated earlier than usual this morning so we could hit the road. We had a quick, fast paced practice to really burn out our legs before sitting on the bus for headed to Buffalo, N.Y. for the World Junior Championship matchup between USA and Germany. It was great to see Coach Osiecki behind the bench for the Red, White and Blue. We grabbed a quick bite to eat before heading to HSBC Arena for the matchup. The game was an awesome experience with USA leading 4-0 when we left after the second period.
After the game we loaded up the bus and continued two hours to Syracuse where we would stay the night, but not without some pizza first – Toy always has to eat or he gets cranky. The bus ride was full of movies, a nice change of pace from the usual routine of homework and studying since we’re on break. There were the typical arguments and debates over which movies would be put on, with Chris Crane’s choices of Love Actually and Serendipity getting shut down in a hurry.
The time on the bus was long, but it’s great to get away from campus and spend some quality time with the boys. We really grow closer together and spend some quality time together without the distractions and buzz of campus life. Now we hit the sheets for a solid night’s rest and get back on the road to Burlington, Vermont. We are all excited to get back on the ice wearing the Scarlet and Gray and can’t wait to pick up where we left off before the break.