I woke up at 6:45 yesterday and had breakfast with a bunch of friends before my game. Obviously, a few of them were talking trash to me about how they were going to deny me a couple trophies by the end of the night. By the time the day was over, I had added one more championship to bring my total to 14.
My first game was my Builders team going up against Who Cares. We really didn’t play a strong game at all. Even though it was tied 2-2 at the end of the half, we didn’t come out with a great effort during the second half. Who Cares cycled the puck better than we did. They worked harder than we did. We took a few dumb penalties, including myself at one junction. It was not one of our best moments as we took a 4-2 loss. I got a piece of every shot that beat me and I suffered from a few bad bounces in the game. We had a deflection that went off one of my own defenseman’s stick and went into the top corner of the net. I had a shot hit my glove, hit me in the side of the helmet, and go into the net. It was just one bad break after another. On top of that, we were outplayed. It was the first time in three sessions that we didn’t win a championship. The Fury, the team that had a 50+ goal differential and went into the finals against Who Cares, lost as well by a final of 5-2. I guess all that goal differential didn’t matter. If you can’t put pucks in the net during the playoffs, you aren’t going to win games.
I played for the Dirty Bastards right after the Builders and we lost pretty convincingly. The team went 4-6 and they called to have me play for them on Thursday. It was fun to play for them, but I wish I could have stepped up and won that game for them. They are a nice bunch of guys.
After going 0-2, I skated out for my Dragons team for the first period. I assisted in a goal and had a few good shifts before I had to change into my goalie gear for my next game. We won 3-2 in OT.
Biohazard/Malys won their semifinal game 5-2 with only 5 guys in the first half and then 4 in the second half. We really did a good job in that game with not many players, even against the 4th seeded team in the league. With the Phantoms defeating Real Men of Genius, we would face them in the finals. That suited me just fine because of the 12-2 pasting they gave me on Friday and the 4-0 loss they gave me in the finals about 2 sessions ago. I was going to get another crack at them and this time for a trophy. After the Dragons loss in the finals by a very tight score of 3-2, Biohazard took the trophy in a win over the Phantoms by a final of 4-3.
Even though my teams went 3-3 overall, I thought I played very strong in net. My lateral movement was great and I really centered myself to the shot well. I really didn’t have any weak goals all day and that is the best I can hope for. Even though I thought Builders underachieved, I am proud of their accomplishments through the course of the season. I am especially proud of the team I skate out on, the Dragons. Here is a team that placed 3rd in the division, and we beat the 2nd place team in OT and came close to beating the top team in the division that went 10-0 during the regular season.
As for remembering the goals I gave up in the games I won, I really don’t remember. I don’t know if I was tired or I really just wasn’t disappointed in my performance. Either way, one day later, I am proud of my accomplishments.
With all the smack talk that was spread around before the games were even played, I once again came out on top when others were expected to win. I finished strong when others underachieved. Part of the reason why I won’t talk smack anymore.
As usual, I will be passed over when it comes to being considered to be a clutch performer in playoffs. That too is fine with me. I just want to play the game and have success.
Now I begin a 2 week break before the season starts back up again. I need the rest to be honest.