I played pretty well today. The first game we lost 5-4 in a shootout, but I didn’t play an excellent game. Sure, I made some good stops, but I let the team back in to tie the game to send it to a shootout. I allowed a goal on the first shooter of the shootout, and my team couldn’t get a goal in their 3 shooters. A little disappointing, but we got a point out of it.
The second game we won easily 13-3. I felt sorry for their goalie who was just getting shelled while I didn’t face many quality chances.
After playing my 2 games at Lazer Skate today, I got something to eat and then felt exhausted. My throat is still sore like yesterday, and I hope I am not coming down with something worse. I am going to bed early tonight so I am 100% tomorrow….hopefully.
After a very tough and eventful week of hockey, I have to type a few thoughts that have been going through my head in regards to hockey.
First off, the comeback factor. I have been very fortunate to play well against most of the goalies at Rivertown. I have had great success with sometimes better teams or teams just as good as others. I have put together many great playoff runs with a lot of different teams. Sure, I haven’t won every game, but I have had the number of a few goalies out there.
For every goalie I have had the number of, there have been goalies that have outplayed me on a consistent basis. In some cases, I have turned things around against these other goalies. I can only wonder how long it will be until other goalies start getting my number and outplaying me in playoffs. Especially as I get older because as I age, I feel myself getting a little slower all the time.
Second, the friends you play with is more important than the victories. Mays is a great example of this. I went to a hockey game tonight with a bunch of people who play on this team. We have played with each other the last couple seasons. Its been the most enjoyable time of my rec hockey career.
Lastly, playing hockey is still enjoyable to me. I still have the desire to compete and that is a good thing. I just hope this fire burns within me for many more years to come. Well, at least as long as I can play at a reasonable level to compete in rec leagues.
About 2 months in the making, I had a big Grand Rapids Griffins outing with over 55 people buying tickets. We got everyone together at TGI Fridays before the game, ate and drank together, and saw the game. Overall, a great time was had by all and that is all I can hope for.
After the game, I got to my car and was just exhausted. It could have been me getting up so early. Then again, it could have been all the planning and organization it took. Either way, I was glad to get home and now I sitting here in my chair exhausted and watching hockey on my NHL Center Ice package.
I cannot wait to do the next Griffins outing.