I had three games last night, one ice hockey and two rollerhockey. Both rollerhockey games I really didn’t help myself too much while the ice hockey game had a ominous beginning and a great end.

1/14/03 – Shutts Greenhouse vrs Groot Builders
Shutts came out on the losing end in a 5-2 loss. This was my second time playing for these guys and I have to say they are a classy bunch. That said, the bounces just didn’t go our way. I got burned on a couple deflections but I did make key stops throughout the game. The goal I was most upset about was the first goal I gave up. I came out to play the puck to try to avoid the breakaway. I just didn’t hit the puck hard enough and the guy collected it and put it in the net. Next time, I have to smack that puck harder toward the boards. Then I would have had time to make it back.

Smith-Diamond Reality vrs Grumpy Old Men
At least Smith-Diamond got on the board in a 7-2 loss. The game was very close until about five minutes into the second half when I gave up a bad goal from behind my net and the score was 4-2. I am making a promise to myself to relax a little bit out there. I really want Smith-Diamond to succeed, and when things haven’t gone right the last couple weeks, I haven’t done my team any favors by getting all bent out of shape at myself. Heck, I got so upset I threw my helmet and got a 2 minute penalty. I got upset at the refs last game and got one back then as well. Anyway, no more of that.

Windmeuller Electric vrs Froggers
After dropping those previous two games, I came into this one feeling rather good about myself. Our team was firing on all cylinders through the first part of the game.

1 – The Froggers first shot on net. It grazed the toe of my pad along the ice and hit the far post and went in.

2 – A shot that hit my defenseman and went out to another forward who shot the puck home. I was out of position for the second shot, but I didn’t expect that deflection.

After those first two goals, one of my forwards talked to me at the end of the first period. He was telling me to challenge the shooter. Come out a little further and play the shot. The two goals scored on me, I was almost on the goalline apparently. Taking that advice, I stepped out to play the shooter a lot more aggressivly and kept them off the board in the second period while we tied the game. We had a 4-2 lead at one point when the puck was dumped into our zone…

3 – There was a two on none chance developing, so I came out to play the puck. I hit it and it hit the forward chansing it. The forward then shot the puck toward the net and in the scramble just as I got back, the puck went in. I really couldn’t get back in the net as there were a pile of bodies in my way.

We ended up winning the game 5-3, but I made some good quality stops along the way. I feel much more confident about myself after that game.

The forward who took me aside and helped me after the first period also told me to not hesitate when I go out to play the puck. Either commit or don’t. Good words of wisdom, but it all comes down to confidence. Another thing he mentioned was my butterfly. I seem to rely too much on it. A project for future dropins would be to work on making saves with the stick without going down so much.

Ah, so many improvements to make….so little time.