Daily Archives: April 17, 2008

5 bad minutes

In the show Pardon the Interruption, there is a segment called 5 good minutes where they invite a guest to speak for 5 minutes about thes state of his team, game, and so on. I am going to name this segment 5 bad minutes because that is all that game I played last night came down to. My team didn’t play well, but more importantly, I didn’t play well.

It was a sucky way to end the season, but in the scheme of things, it was nothing. My job, family, car, and so on take precidence, and it would have been nice to win that game last night. However, I have to keep things in perspective. Especially with so much still at stake over the next few days.

Tonight my Dragons will try to seal up 2nd place in the division and a first round bye in the tournament on Saturday. Then, later tonight, the team I am subbing for in the intermediate ice hockey division will go after another win and advance to their finals game next week.

I am going to work on my butterfly today at both my games. I have to drive my knees to the floor faster than I have in the last 6 months. I have to make sure my stick is in the right spot. I haven’t played well maybe because I have felt that my game is where it should be. I got sloppy, fat, and maybe a little lazy. Its time to change those habits.

One thing I won’t be doing is having a mental meltdown. I won’t be retiring from the game or calling it quits. I have more hockey left in me, and more time to accomplish this ice hockey championship goal. Most importantly though, I have that rollerhockey tournament to play in on Saturday.

Goat

I have always thought of myself as a playoff goaltender. Someone who comes through in the clutch to win big games. Coming into my ice hockey finals game tonight, I had the same feeling. This was going to be my night. I was brimming with confidence and felt like I could take on the world.

When the buzzer sounded, I felt the worst I have ever felt.

With a 5-2 lead going into the last 5 minutes of the game, I was feeling like this game was ours. They put their last 4 shots behind me to win the game. 3 of them went 5 hole on me, and one was pushed in with a glove. Still, I will address the goals that I should have stopped.

A butterfly goaltender’s strength is his ability to cover the bottom of the net. I was not dropping very fast into my butterfly, and I got torched with 3 stoppable shots.

I remember being on the winning side of some of these combacks before. I have never been in a situation like this, so its new territory for me thats for sure. I turned in a horrible performance and now I have the challenge to rebound before my games tomorrow, and the playoff tournament this weekend.

I keep reminding myself of Cody, a goaltender that used to play against a few of my teams. He was a great goalie, but one day, he gave up 3 goals in the final period of play and his team was eliminated from playoff contention. A game they needed to win. After that, he never rebounded. He stopped playing a season later.

The key for my rebound is to tuck this experience into my belt and move on with my goalie career. A career that has had a lot of success, but not on ice. A career that has been very enjoyable, but with my age creeping up to 36 this year, its going to come to an end eventually. I estimate in the next 5 years.

Putting this loss behind me is going to be tough though. To know how close I was to a championship, only to see it slip away is just painful. Especially considering my attitude towards how I am a winner and money in the playoffs. Step one of my confidence rebuild will be getting a good nights sleep tonight and coming out strong tomorrow.