Keeping your composure and being stable mentally is what makes a good goalie. As I have learned early in goaltending, its all a mind game for a goalie. Over 50% of being a good goalie is knowing you are going to stop the puck. I do have a problem though, and I have let it eat me up inside too long without talking about it. So I am going to address it here and be done with it.
I have let certain people and players get into my head in the past 5-6 years. These people have had great success against me because of my predisposition to allowing them to control my emotions. Head games are all part of the game of hockey, but I have let it influence me too much.
Last night, in specific, I let a couple goals I let in get me down. The attitude of the team I played against was getting to me as well. I suppose you could say I had a bad game and just let it go from there. At the same time though, I have to be better mentally as well as physically.
Playing in the top division this season has really opened my eyes to the fact that maybe I am not cut out to playing in it. We will see how things look after the season is over and the dust has settled though.