After a full two weeks at home for Christmas I came back to Amherst on December 28th. I had a great time at home with my family and got some much needed rest after a long semester. Our team was able to get in a week’s worth of practices before heading up to Colby for our first interterm series. We had a lot of great practices, lifts, and video sessions and got back into the swing of things. Then on Friday morning we made the long trip up to Colby in my home state of Maine. In our first game on Friday we played well and had no trouble finding the back of the net for a 10-1 win. We returned to our hotel expecting to have a normal night but as I was in my room unpacking I received a group text telling our whole team to rush down to the hotel pub as quickly as possible. We went down there to find that there was a dueling pianos show that night and our very own Emily Flom was about to sing. She sang a few songs including “Landslide” and “Drops of Jupiter” and did an amazing job! After she was done we stuck around to watch for a little while and requested a few songs. When we eventually headed back to our rooms I realized that these are the moments I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Singing “Jesse’s Girl” at a dueling pianos show with our team is surely not something I’ll forget. The next morning was spent watching the USA win gold in the World Junior’s Championship. Our game that afternoon was much different than the night before but we were able to sneak out of there with a hard-fought 2-1 win.
This past weekend we were at Middlebury for a two-game series. Our friendly rivalry with Midd always makes the games a lot of fun to play in. The first game was a close one and ended in a 1-1 tie. We were down 1-0 with thirty seconds to go and were able to capitalize on a chance with our goalie pulled and an extra attacker out there. No one scored in the five minute 4v4 overtime so the game ended in a tie. The second game was a tougher one and we ended up coming up short, losing 5-2. We gave up three goals in the first including a couple power play goals and were not able to come back from it, although we did manage to get a couple at the end of the third. The results of the weekend are definitely disappointing but there are many things to learn from and positives to take from the games. On Wednesday we head back to Vermont for a game against Norwich.
Outside of the rink our team has had a great interterm as well. We have gone to the movies, been shopping for our “secret santa” gifts, and pulling lots of pranks. The pranks started out small with the use of peanut butter and Vaseline in unlikely places. At this point it has evolved into a full out war with common room furniture and decorations being moved into other dorms, door handles tied together, and common rooms being completely covered in interesting pictures. The main culprits are Tank, Tori, Geneva, and Doyen but there are still pranks unaccounted for.
Lastly, a big congrats to Geneva Lloyd on reaching (and surpassing) the hundred point mark!!