I have much to work on

It looked like I was headed to another loss, but instead, my ice hockey team came back to win the game 7-6. The one thing that bothered me was the six goals I allowed in that game. This same team I played with last session, I didn’t give up that many goals. This session, I am giving up 5-7 a game and it is just not a good thing.

Could the defense be improved? Yes. However, I have to concentrate on what I can do to get better.

Things like sticking to the post when they are behind or to the immediate side of the net. Today, I leaned down to take the pass away to the center, and the shooter knocked it off my back and in. I have got to stick to that post. Another thing is the rebounds. Today, I let too many rebounds go off me and right to other players. Some of the shots were weak enough where I just should have frozen them. If my defense can’t pick up the rebounds, then I will have to start picking them up myself.

Now that I think about it, rebounds last session were picked up by my D more often. This season, they are getting to them more often. Good news for the opposing team. Bad news for me.

I am going to take 2 hours out of my schedule a week to work on these basics with open hockey ice time. The more I work on them, the better off I will be down the road.