Daily Archives: October 16, 2004

Another playoff day

In less than seven hours, I will be waking up getting ready for another day of hockey playoffs.  I am tired right now, but I have to get this stuff out of my head before I get some sleep.  Maybe there is part of me that is disappointed that Ferris State hockey has been struggling.  Maybe I am a little concerned with my ice hockey goaltending and my promise to play more ice hockey.  So many things to get out in the open.

The first thing I want to talk about is my ice hockey goaltending.  For the second week in a row, I tied my ice hockey game.  Also, for the second week in a row, I haven’t been making the routine saves.  I made some mistakes playing my angles.  Some easy shots are rebounding off me and the other team is making plays and scoring.  The opposing goalie at my last game played a superb game.  He made 2 key top corner saves.  Lets put it this way, if I was in net at the other end, those two shots would have been in the net.

I have made a promise to myself to play more ice hockey.  In order to do that, I am going to have to drop a couple rollerhockey leagues.  There is part of me that doesn’t want to let go personally.  I have had a lot of success at rollerhockey, but ice hockey is a new challenge.  I know I can be a better goalie and all I need is more practice.

The driving force behind me wanting to continue to play well at rollerhockey is the Bulldogs.  I want to succeed with this team, and I owe them a very strong season next season.

Ferris State hockey is struggling.  That isn’t the team’s fault though.  The refs are calling a ton of penalties and there is very little 5 on 5 play.  The jury is still out in my mind on how this is going to work.

As for playoffs tomorrow, I am going to play the best I can.  That is all I can ask of myself.  It is amazing how my attitude and thoughts on the playoffs have changed.  In the past, I was worried, up all night, concerned with my performance, and I wanted to win.  Today, I still want to win, but I know I am going to perform well.  Just no doubt in my mind.