I guess after playing my first 3 playoff games that good things were going to happen to me today. Things didn’t work out like I had planned. In the last three games, my teams scored a grand total of 4 goals. It didn’t help that I wasn’t consistent in net after the first three games.
Malys made it to the second round and lost after a very spirited first game. Who Cares did the same thing. Marketlab made it to the finals and lost to a hungrier team.
I have a few admissions to make after this season. First, I might have been a little tired and not on my game. Sure, your team doesn’t score you aren’t going to win, but I probably could have played a little sharper. I could attribute it to playing on too many teams in a single day and not sleeping well the previous night. I think it was probably a little of both.
Really, it wasn’t a disappointing day. Even though I didn’t achieve the goal I wanted. Marketlab will be back and I will be back for a new team that will be a combination of Maly’s and Who Cares. I played against some really great people. Its great to get out there and have fun with people that you play against every now and again. I am glad that I have so many friends and players who respect me and vice versa. I couldn’t be happier playing hockey.
I have achieved more in hockey than I ever thought possible. Which is why I am not terribly disappointed with the result today. I remember back about 7 years ago when I took it personally when it came to my playoff performance. Today, 27 championships later, I am content with letting things fall into place and if good things happen then great. Everyone gets their day in the sun eventually and its my hope that I will get that next season.
I really hoped to see other friends of mine get their shot at a championship. Some dreams were squashed while others came true. I was happy to see P.J. and Mr. Burger win a championship. They have played many seasons and have struck out over and over again. You have to be happy when someone works hard and gets far. I was hoping that Hailstorm would take the beginner league, but it just didn’t work out for them this season.
In the end, its all about playing with your friends. I am happy that I have been able to play for as long as I have.
Now I am going to settle into a break and rest up for next season.