Its not every season that my MOS hockey team makes the finals. Well, that isn’t really true because we have made the finals 3 out of the 4 seasons I have been with them. The previous 2 times we won the title. This year we came up a bit short in a 5-4 loss. As normal, its always good to decompress a bit before I blog about the game because it was a hotly contested game for sure. We had 3-1 and then 4-2 leads in this game, and with 10 minutes left in the 3rd, I thought we had this game in hand. The opposing team had something to say about it though. After we gave up a shorthanded 2 on 1 goal and then one of my own defensemen put the puck past me, it was tied up. Then off a rebound that I probably should have had, we lost the game in the last minute.
The only complaint I had was the reffing, which was not good. We spent probably 1/2 the 3rd period on the penalty kill, while the other team was penalized once. I am not blaming the refs in the least for the loss. I believe I could and should have played better than I did. At the same time though, spending half the period in the box was a killer, and giving up a shorthanded goal off a really good passing play wasn’t helpful either.
Either way, I go into the summer thinking about another near miss. I have 3 ice hockey championships, and I have had more than a few opportunities to win my final game only to come up a little short.
Oh so close once again…..
Afterwards, my team was very positive, even when I was feeling pretty down. Now, 2 hours after the game is over, I am still a little upset but not like I was. I really did play a solid game even though we didn’t come out on the winning end. The rebound goal in the final minute was horrid, but I made a couple solid saves, like a diving glove save that I made in the 2nd period to keep the game tied.
For as much as I want to say that I was the weak link, I didn’t lose the game tonight.
This summer should be a good season. We now get an opportunity to come back and make something happen. I look forward to another opportunity to win a championship.