At the beginning of the season, I was hopeful I would reach 30 championships. I came up one short, but I did very well in playoffs over the weekend. I came into playoffs with two teams under my belt. My beginner team, Sam Bernstein Advantage, finished 3rd in the conference and played very solid in their first two games.
- The first game was against Putt Putts Bar and we won 6-2. I thought we played great as a team and cycled the puck. One of our true beginner skaters had his first career hat trick, which was a huge boost to the team.
- The second game we played against Dr. Rahmani who was 2nd in the division, and we won that one as well 4-1. We had two empty netters at the end, but it was still good enough to advance. What a great team effort win, and I think this was one of my best games that I played all night.
- The championship game we lost 7-3 against the 1st place Soilers. Yes the team was far superior, but I feel I didn’t play my best game. With my best game, maybe the score is closer and we have a chance to pull that one out.
After losing one championship, I delivered on the other one with 8 Men and a Little Lady (I wonder who the lady is?) with a 4-0 shutout win. I can’t take credit for the win entirely. Yes, I played well, but the Phantoms just couldn’t put the puck in the net and they had a lot of opportunities to score late in the game. I really didn’t rob them, but I played solid enough and my team in front of me really bailed me out.
That victory means that I am one step closer to 30 championships, with hopefully an opportunity to hit my goal in playoffs next season in July. For now though, I am going to enjoy the success I have had. As I remember from last season, I really thought that I would hit my goal then, and I went through a dry spell that extended through the entire year. Seemed that I just couldn’t put it together when it mattered.
Overall, I am thankful for the players I have gotten a chance to play with and against over the course of the season. Scott, a great defenceman on my intermediate team, is moving to Florida and I am going to miss playing hockey with him. Justin, a good friend that I have gotten the chance to play against for years, is moving to Colorado. I know that people come and people go, but its tough to see good friends move on.
I was physically tired after playing 4 games on Saturday. I should have rested on Sunday, but instead I reffed and I am really feeling it today. I am going to enjoy resting over the course of the next week or so. Then, next season, I will be ready to rock and roll.