I had two tough games in a row tonight. One of them was to help Structural have a shot at playoffs. The other one was to give Marketlab a shot at a first or second place finish and a bye in the first round.
Structural was a tough game. We started strong and got the first goal, but the Dragons got 1 to tie it and then tapped in 2 more in the last period to take a 3-1 lead. Structural never gave up and scored 2 more to tie it back up and then a clutch goal to take the lead with 5 minutes to go. I really played well in this game. I didn’t let in any weak goals and I really came out to take the shooters. The Dragons showed me no mercy and got a lot of good opportunities. They just couldn’t get the equalizer. Structural won their last game 4-3 and earned the right to make playoffs if Ellis Sales loses which is a very good possibility.
Marketlab was another tough game as they played the first place Red Army team. Red Army beat us the first game of the season by a final of 6-5. This game would go back and forth just like the first one. With the game tied 4-4, Red Army scored 2 in the final period to take a 6-4 lead. In the final minute, Marketlab put one in with 46 seconds left and scored again with 20 seconds left to force overtime. In OT, Andy Rosart scored a huge goal to win the game 7-6. It was the game that got away from Red Army and it was the one that gave us a first round bye which is what we needed.
How did I play that second game? Average. I let in one goal I should have had and I had a hard time controlling my rebounds. I did make several diving saves and a few breakaway stops. Maybe I played above average actually. We won the game, its as simple as that and maybe I should just be happy about that.
The playoffs are now set and I get a night off tomorrow to rest up for the tournament.