Focus….Focus….Focus

The last couple games I let through some questionable goals. Tonight, I am going to make a slight change. I believe my problem has been focus. Maybe it is just me, but I see the player shoot but I am not reacting fast enough. A lot of that has to do with being focused on the puck and being ready to react to the shot. I am going to show up to the rink a little early and work on that. Then, during gametime, I am going to put it into action.

When I woke up this morning, I felt very refreshed and ready to take on the day. I can’t wait to play my game tonight. 🙂

Another tough loss

12/10/03 – Windmeuller Electric vrs Mike’s Hard Lemonade

After a number of strong games but with the scores not on my side, I was hoping this next game would turn things around. It just didn’t. The first shot I faced was a slapshot down the middle just inside the zone. I gloved the shot, but the puck fell out of my glove and went into the net. The rest of the game just went downhill from there. Two five hole goals, one shot that went in off my back from behind the net, and the end result was an 8-5 final score. There were two breakaway goals they scored as well as a couple rebound chances. It was most definetly one of the weakest games I have played in a long time. Even if I take into account the mistakes my team made.

I sat in the mental doghouse for about 10 minutes after that game and then quickly jumped out of it.

There is something that I learned a long time ago. Either I can concentrate on the fact that I haven’t won a game in my last 6, or I can kick it in the ass and come out swinging tomorrow. I have a game at 6:00pm and I am very confident that my fortunes and play will rebound (no pun intended) tomorrow.

Unexpected Suprise

Thursday 12/10/03 – Smith-Diamond Reality vrs Kales

Ok, first a little background on this game. Kales hasn’t won a game so far this season, and it isn’t because they are playing bad. Here is a team that reminds me of a true beginner team. A team that hasn’t played much organized hockey together. A team that wants to play and have fun. Smith-Diamond is a team that has been around for a while. Needless to say, I expected Smith-Diamond to come out on top. After only 6 guys showed up to play on my team, I expected a dogfight and I got just that. Kales won in overtime 6-5. I suppose the good thing to think about is the fact we got out of that with a tie. That is much more than we deserved.

Five of the six goals were scored off pretty centering passes and then one time shots. That shows this team really knew how to play their positions and that is a strength for them. My team really was tired at the middle part of the game. At the end, they were exhausted. The only goal I wanted back was the overtime goal. That shot went five hole on me and I went down entirely too slowly.

One more game tonight! All is not lost! 🙂