Playoff Retrospectives

The next day it seems that I always have a look back upon the playoffs that were just played and I have some thoughts about them that I like to share.

I allowed 9 goals in 5 games.  For rollerhockey that isn’t bad at all.  Thats an average of less than 2 goals a game.  In the 9 goals that were scored against me, 3 of them were shots that deflected off my own players.  Then 3 of the goals were off of odd man rushes and nice passes across to the wide open forward who beat me.  I just didn’t have much of a chance to stop any of those 6 goals.  Of the remaining 3, one of them went between my arm and my legpad that I should have had.  The other two went top shelf on me and I had little chance to make the save.

Why do I mention this?  It was probably one of the most complete playoffs I have played in a while.  Last playoffs, I allowed 9 goals and won 5 games.  This time, I allowed 9 goals and only won 3 games while losing the other 2.  Course, I didn’t have much luck this time around either.  Just further proof that the way the puck bounces can dictate the game on its own.

The only game that really sticks around in my head is the 1-0 loss the Hurricane suffered in the finals.  The shot I let in did go off my defenseman, but as I think about it, did I do everything I needed to do to stop that shot?  Was I centered correctly?  Was I lazy in not reacting?  I don’t know.  I think I was lazy on that shot the more I think about it.  Still, my team not getting a goal in regulation doesn’t help matters, but I have to think about what I can do in net.  Thats the only thing that I can control.

I came up with some big stops too.  Made a couple good saves on some breakaways.  I made a number of glove saves which is surprising because I don’t make many of those.  I played my angles pretty well too.  Overall, A very solid effort.

So whats next?

Marketlab will return, but with about 75% of their goal output leaving, its going to be hard to replace it.

Structural Standards will return in the same division.  They will have challenges, but will win some games and play competitively.

Malys will also return and should be just fine.

There is also rumor that Stick Heads will be returning as well.  We will see if that pans out.

For now, I am off to bed.  The next two weeks with just ice hockey to worry about is going to be good for me.

A solid performance

My goaltending during playoffs has been consistantly strong.  Sure, I have had a few weak games, but when the chips are down it seems that I just kick things into high gear.  Maybe it is just the nervousness factor or the fact that I don’t want to make a mistake and more people knowing about it.  I don’t know.  All I do know is that I came into this playoff Saturday with the same mission that I do every playoff game.  Come out, play hard, and do the best I can to help my team win.

This day was one of the strangest I have experienced.

Game 1 – Hurricane 3 – Main Street Pub 1
My first game of the day was with the Hurricane.  A team that had no goalie any my brother was going to play for them.  My brother couldn’t make it so I played their first game.  I had a solid game stopping all but a top corner shot that I could have had if I came out far enough to take the shot.  As it was, it was a solid shot.  Still, I helped get them the win and that was all I cared about.

Game 2 – River Yaks 3 – Malys 2
I played the next game for my Malys team which is in the same division.  We jumped out to a 1-0 lead right off the bat and then it was one of those games that just locked down.  They tied it 1-1 off a deflection off my own defenseman.  Then they went up 2-1 off another deflection off my own defenseman’s shin guard that popped over me.  We tied it 2-2 later in the second period.  With the game tied, the River Yaks capitalized on a 2-1 chance.  With me playing the shooter all the way, they got the puck across to a wide open forward who made no mistake and pushed the puck in the open net.  We had so many chances to tie it in the 3rd period, but we just couldn’t score.  After capturing 2 titles in a row, this would have been the 3rd, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Game 3 – Marketlab 5 – Why do we have Jordie 3
My Marketlab team needed to really play a solid game against the team with just as good of a defense as we had.  We roared right out of the gate in the 1st period getting a 3-0 lead.  Then, Jordie’s team started their comeback.  Pawlik, one of their forwards, put the team on his back and scored on an odd man rush.  It was a 2 on 1, and I reacted to the pass to the wide open forward, but Pawlik put it far side on me.  Then Pawlik got a great deflection goal in front of me off a shot from the point.  They tied it in the 3rd period off a shot that I just missed making a save on.  Still, my Marketlab team came back strong getting 2 more goals in the final frame to seal the victory and a trip to the finals.

Game 4 – River Yaks 1 – Hurricane 0
There is a simple rule in hockey.  You have to score to win.  The River Yaks scored off a shot that deflected off my defenseman, but I didn’t react to it at all.  Either I was caught flat footed or something.  I don’t know.  Still, I stopped every shot other than that one.  The Hurricane had a lot of great shots on net but just couldn’t capitalize.  The finals game ended 1-0.  The River Yaks earned it, and they beat me with 2 different teams.  They earned this championship thats for sure.  Their goalie just stood on his head.

Game 5 – Marketlab 2 – Ellis Sales – 1
It was a hard fought game between an Ellis Sales team that beat us 4-2 earlier in the season and Marketlab who finished with the best record.  It was #1 vrs #2 and Ellis started out on the offensive.  They scored the first goal off a nice shot in the slot that went top shelf on me.  Ellis Sales hit  the crossbar and post in the first period but the score remained 1-0.  Marketlab tied it up 1-1 off a rebound chance and then took the lead with 8 minutes left in the 3rd period off an odd man rush.  Those last 8 minutes felt like 80 minutes as Ellis threw everything at the net.  I played an excellent game to retain the lead.  The last 2 minutes of the game I stopped about 6 shots to preserve the lead.  In all actuality I let up a couple rebounds that I should have had.  I was also very fortunate as the crossbar and post were my friends earlier in that game.  If the puck is a fraction lower on the crossbar shot or a fraction to the left on that post shot then its a 2-0 lead for them and we would have had a harder time coming back.

Its my 24th championship, and I am 1 shy from my goal that I set for myself at the beginning of the season.  I am going to crash and post more reflections tomorrow sometime.