MCHA Players of the Week
Zach Graham, Adrian
|Frozen Faceoff Recap: Photos and Blogs|
|Written by Chris Zills|
Thursday, December 09 2010
It was a memorable day last Saturday when Adrian College and Concordia University met at Michigan Stadium for the "Frozen Faceoff", the first-ever NCAA D-III hockey game to be played outdoors. The following are photos and blogs from players on each team on that memorable day.
Brad Fogal, Adrian College
Forty-eight hours after the Frozen Faceoff, I am finally able to sit down and reflect on this past weekend’s events. For me, it was one of those events that snuck up fast and seemed to be over even faster. In the week leading up to the game I was frequently being asked to comment on the thoughts and feelings I was experiencing for the upcoming weekend. It came as a shock to most people when I would reply that I had never been nervous, or overly excited. That I, in fact, hadn’t given too much thought to the game. I explained that I was trying to not over think it, nor let this historic event overwhelm me. As hard as it was, I was trying to take this game the same as any other I have ever played. I still had a job to do and needed to stay focussed on the task at hand, which was stopping pucks and helping my team win. I wanted to let everything happen and come to me naturally, no perceived images, nothing to look forward to, just let everything happen and take it in as it did.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t get that butterfly feeling until Saturday morning. Loading the bus and getting ready to head out, it finally hit me. I couldn’t help but feel the excitement and anticipation. Words can’t describe the sight and feelings that hit you as you pull up to the tunnel of Michigan Stadium. I can only imagine what it would be like walking up to the Roman Coliseum in the midst of its glory. The size, history and the shear respect you feel for it when you step off the bus is extremely intimidating. Dressing in the Wolverines locker room was a humbling experience. Sitting and preparing to compete in the same room as so many great athletes was an honor.
It was a long walk down the tunnel from the dressing room to the field, but once you came to the opening of that tunnel and were able to look out at one of the most historic football fields in the world converted to an ice rink. I would have walked miles to see and experience that. If the chill in the air hadn’t already given you goose bumps, that surely did.
Jari Sanders, Concordia
The second that word started to spread that our hockey team was going to have a chance to play at the University of Michigan's "The Big House", we were ecstatic. The team went about our normal business all week long, we had a good week of practice and we all were looking forward to the weekend ahead.
After a six-hour bus ride, we arrived at the hotel in Adrian. Before we could start getting excited for the game on Saturday at Michigan, we had to be ready for our first contest on Friday night. We played hard, but fell short, 4-1, on Friday night. The guys worked hard and the good news was that we would have another game just ten hours later, at The Big House. Players were in bed early but many of them told me that they were having trouble sleeping with all the excitement about playing in the first D-III outdoor game ever.