Things in perspective

I really didn’t give myself enough credit for the game I played yesterday. Course, that is par for the course. I have never been satisfied with my performance. Even in my success in winning championships doesn’t stop my drive to get better. My work ethic just kicks in and I feel the need to get better every day.

I have improved over the last 4.5 years since I started playing. I remember my first time playing. I remember my first thought at quitting about 6 weeks later. I also remember my team at the time telling me to keep working and good things will happen. Well, those times are getting better even today. I am still learning new things and I put that knowledge to use. My glove hand needs more improvement, but it is a lot better today than it was.

In essense, I am not giving myself credit. I probably won’t give myself that credit very often. Mainly because it is just my personality.

Last night, a member of my team said, “You are upset over the 3 goals you let in, but not over the 30 you saved?” I guess that is the situation right there. Ken Dryden said it best.

“Allowing few enough goals that he feels every one, he is driven instead by something else – the penetrating hatred of letting in a goal.” – Ken Dryden

More information on Ken Dryden can be found here – http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?encode=TRUE&pid=1447

More to come in a few days. I have a lot of photography to take care of and then FSU hockey games this weekend to cover. Thursday will be my big day with 2 hockey games to play.

Minor Disappointment

After my game tonight….the title says it all.

11/17/03 – Vipers vrs White Tigers

Let me say the difference in the game was the goaltending. The goalie for the Vipers played a very solid game. I on the other hand played a good game, but there were a couple goals I want back.

1 – The one goal I couldn’t stop and it was a nice one. A pass across the slot to a wide open forward for the tip into the open net.

2 – Here is one of the goals I want back, but I am not that upset about it. It was an excellent shot and I wasn’t out far enough to take the angle. The shot came from the top of the faceoff circle. I didn’t even get a piece of this shot. Afterwards, I told my defenseman it wasn’t his fault and that I have to be responsible to take those shots if the dman doesn’t block it.

3 – Another goal that I should have stopped. A shot in the slot that I went down to stop, but it slipped under my pad and in. I lost sight of the shot so that didn’t help matters.

The other goaltender didn’t let one of those long shots by. That is why I say it was a goaltenders battle. I came in second in the battle tonight. There are still 7 more games in the war.