I played a lot this week. A pair of games on Monday where I split. I won a game on Tuesday and both my games on Wednesday. After playing so much in 3 days, I had to rest on Thursday and not skate out.
I continue to have flashes where I am playing very solid and other situations where I am not playing as good. For instance, I played very well the first game on Monday, and the second game I struggled. Tuesday I played very well. Wednesday was off and on all day. I played very well in spurts and then would give up a bad goal.
These bad goals are just bad to me. In my mind, I should stop anything before they go five hole on me. If I don’t drop fast enough, that is unacceptable. The butterfly is my bread and butter. It seems like this season has been my struggling butterfly. Sure, some games I am very solid, but others I give up 1-2 goals that I should have stopped. Lately, I have been trying to read the shooter a little more and I have been hit with mixed results.
In the end, it all comes down to coming out as a champion. When I lifted my 10th trophy, I was very happy with my effort and my team’s success. That was a goal I had for the longest time. After I got that milestone, I was content to play less and let things just run their course. I guess I am too competitive to just sit and not pressure myself to get better. I have always said if you don’t end the season a champion, then it is a wasted season. Well, that competitive fire still burns. I just feel like I am not under any pressure to get to that milestone anymore. If that will work in my favor, only time will tell.