We had our semifinal ice hockey game today and it was a rollercoaster ride of a game. The other team started out hard and fast. I made a couple big saves early and we were weathering the storm. Then, they got a goal off a shot from the outside that hit my glove and deflected into the net. It wasn’t my weakest goal of the night though. The second goal was a shot from the point that I came out on, and it went off the heel of his stick and moved slowly towards the net. I put my stick down to stop it but it hit the butt end of my stick and went into the net. The 3rd goal I gave up was off a chance on the other side of the net that I had no business stopping. It was a blown coverage goal.
So there we were, down 3-0 at the end of the first period. I hadn’t played great the final 10 minutes of that period which is why they were up. My team then started to pour it on. At the end of the second period, we were up 4-3. At the end of the game, we had won 6-3. My play the rest of the night was average. My team really sacrificed their bodies and worked hard to keep them out of my crease and off the scoresheet. Sure, I had a few good saves, but it wasn’t anything like the first period when I was getting shelled.
It was their first loss of the season which suprised me even more.
It was a thrilling victory, but the 2nd place team now awaits. We finished 4th out of 5 teams. We had beaten the 3rd place team, the 1st place team, and now the 2nd place team we play next week. I know a lot of people on this team. It will be very interesting to see what happens thats for sure.
I am not going to put any undue pressure upon myself to win. I was thinking positivly today and it really didn’t do much for me. Next week is going to have to be a strong effort and I am going to have to play well. If my team comes out and ready to play, then we should be ok.
The game next week is against a lot of people who I have known for years. Their goalie, Randy, I used to play against a lot when I first started playing about 8 years ago. He was someone I tried to learn from and paced myself against. He was over my head at the time, but he was someone that I felt I could beat. Never did for more than a few years. Even today, he still has my number with this team. I have gotten fortunate enough to beat him though, but this game is going to be a tough one.
Then you have Ben, a player who used to be on the Stick Heads who I miss playing with. He was hard on me, but he is a ultra competitive guy. He will come ready to play on Wednesday.
Good things come to those who wait. I have waited 8 years for a ice hockey championship. I have made it to the finals 2 times in my short career. Never won a ice hockey championship game. I have another shot next week and I have to make it count. I have to play just like I play on playoff Saturday in rollerhockey. One game to decide a championship. I know I can do it.