I was nervous. I has been a while since I was this nervous. I went into the game focused and I didn’t want to make a mistake. My defense played solid in front of me, and we won by a final of 7-2.
We took a quick 2-0 lead, but the other team had their chances. They just missed capitalizing on a few chances on far side passes. They finally connected on one to cut the lead to 1. In the second period we took a 3-1 lead and then they got a deflection a couple minutes later to close the gap to 1.
Little did I know that was as close as they would get…..
Team MOS played solid the rest of the way. Every shot I faced for the rest of the game were either in my glove or went off me and I covered. My rebound control was much better than it has been in a long time. Before I knew it, it was 6-2 and we were in firm control midway through the 3rd.
The opposing team’s best chance in the 3rd came on a play in front of the next. The shot came in and hit me, and one of the opposing players slashed me in the face not once but twice. The puck did make its way past me and into the back of the net, but the ref called it off. One of the opposing players got chucked for abuse of officials and that was the end of the game for the most part.
Overall, I was pleased with the way I played, but I know I am going to have to play better. The first place team won their game and they are going to bring the fire next week in the championship game. If my team does the same thing next week, and I play solid, then I feel good about our chances.
I just keep remembering how I had a few chances to win my first ice hockey championship years ago, and I came up short for one reason or another. When I joined team MOS, we won in the summer and then in the fall. For 2 of the last 3 seasons, we have won our respective league championship. I get another opportunity to do it again.
I can’t let this opportunity pass me by.