A solid game

Its been over a week since I can say that. I had a solid game in net. In fact, my team had a solid game overall. The second place team we played against didn’t have their best game. We had a 9-1 lead in the second period and they had a power play the whole 3rd period. The game ended 10-4.

I was pumped as we took a big lead and never looked back. The win gives us a chance to make playoffs, which is my goal. Rick, the goalie for this team who is out on IR after having surgery, would be proud I think. This season is a dedication to him in my mind.

While I was happy with my teams performance, I felt for the goalie at the other end. Joe is a phenomenal goalie and someone that I want to be as good as. I remember in my days back in 2000 (or 2001) when I would practice with the River frogs pro roller team, I was not a good skater or player. Joe and Pauly were two goalies who I wanted to be as good as. Fast forward about 8 years and I am nowhere close. My age has caught up to me.

I wore my Grand Rapids All Stars jersey that I wore when I played the charity game against the Ex Red Wings back in 2003. The jersey brought me luck, so I am going to wash it and wear it to every game with this team. If we make playoffs, I will wear it to playoffs too. Then, I will retire it when the season is over. Call me superstitious, but I am going to roll with this because it makes me feel a little more secure. At my age, thats about all I have left.

My return to brass

After a long 2 month hiatus, I am back in the top division at Rivertown. At least for 4 more weeks. I am making my return to the brass division playing for Rick’s “Shock and Awful” team. A team that has an outside chance to make playoffs and where I have a chance to redeem myself. Last season, I helped lead Who Cares to a 4th place finish and to the finals. A team that may have been able to capture a championship were it not for the fact that they had to forfeit due to not enough guys to play in the final game. Now I am put behind the eight ball and in the spotlight to try to get this team to the playoffs.

My game is in serious need of elevation. I have not played well in over a week and I need to rebound in a big way. Tonight, I play against the 2nd place team in the division. If the team I play for can come together and beat this 2nd place team, we will be on the right path to get into the playoffs. Talk about playing under at least a little pressure.

At the young age of 36, I don’t have many of these opportunities left to play at the top division in a hockey league. It may be my last for all intensive purposes. I guess we will see how it goes.