Moving things over

I got to thinking that copying some of my old journal entries over may be a good thing. Then I can add some of them as memories and such. It will take some time to complete, but it will be worth it.

l am writing this on my palm using the graffiti pad. I need practice.

I just don’t get it

I just checked my voice mail at work and had 6 messages in the last 2 hours. All of them were solicitors wanting me to buy X product. I typically get about 2-3 a day, but the point is how many people buy their crap? I have no interest in any of this stuff and I don’t have the time to listen to all the sales pitches. It is just crazy.

Not bad!

I have really been playing goal pretty well as of late. Maybe a couple months ago, I was letting in shots that I knew I should have stopped. Now, I am stopping everything I should be stopping.

Last night, my team Windmeuller Electric battled to a 1-1 tie against Future Care. The other team had far more chances than we had through the whole game. I was just lucky enough to come out on the winning side of things. They had more than a couple quality deflections and close in chances. One centering pass and one timer that I dove over and made the save with my stick. The only goal that was scored against me was breakaway that the guy put top shelf on me. Anyway, with about five minutes left, my team was exhausted and it showed. We had plenty of guys on the bench, but it was a pretty intense game.

As I said before, I am coming up with stops now that I couldn’t do more than a few months ago. Case in point, I played up against the second place team in our division. We were third. We knew if we lost we would miss playoffs. If we won, we would be in 2nd place. The first couple shots I faced were nothing spectacular, but I just missed them. My team battled back and we won 9-7. The thing is that I just missed more than a few shots that I should have had.

So what changed between then and now? I really don’t consider myself a streaky goalie, but I do have good and bad spells at times. It is one of those times you just accept the fact that things are going your way and you just go with the flow.

It in for the long haul

After playing around with Livejournal for a while now, I decided to become a member of the community and sign up for a year. I really like this client I download on my PC in order to add to my journal. I know there will be things that I will miss about my broadbandreports journal, but I am sure things will work out better here.

My broadband reports journal is up in case any of you want to read the last year of my entries. There are over 100 so I am sure you will all enjoy reading them over (insert sarcasm here).

http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/remark,4095943~root=journals~mode=flat

I have a lot of things documented in that journal that I am tempted to bring over here somehow or put on my webpage somewhere. I just haven’t decided yet how I am going to do it or if. One of the main things is my third championship and first with the Stick Heads. Probably the best bunch of guys I have ever had the privledge of playing with. My second championship with that team also sticks around in my head as well. Anyway, there is a lot of filler in that journal that really can just go away without me thinking about it. Probably the same with every journal though.

So, what have I liked about livejournal since I joined up? A lot actually. The community is just huge. I don’t know if I will develop friendships here as easy as others do. However, I am willing to give it a try.

After a one day lazy layoff watching the Red Wings on TV last night, I have a game tonight and a game tomorrow. On top of that, I am going to be shooting pictures of the Griffins a little tonight as well as working late at my day job. Friday and Saturday will be busy with me going to Ferris State and University of Michigan to take pictures of college hockey.

A New Beginning

After over 100 posts on another journals site, I have decided to move to LiveJournal for all my blogging. Needless to say, while I am excited, all my previous posts are going to be archived on my website. More to come on this later.

For now, to bring all of you up to speed, here is a quick synopsis of what is going on in my life right now.

Hockey is going very well at the moment, but there are certain concerns that I have right now. My team of over a year and a half has split apart, aparently for good. This is after 3 championship seasons out of 6. In all 6 sessions we had winning seasons and 5 of them we made the playoffs. I am now playing for a new team, the White Tigers, which is in the same division as I won the championship in last season. This new team is going to experience some growing pains, but is a fun group of guys to be around. ๐Ÿ™‚

My beginner hockey team looks poised to do some damage this session. After going 2-9 last session without me in net, we came back to win our first game 9-1 to start the new session 1-0. Good start in net for me as I gave up a breakaway goal and that was all.

My ice hockey team is 2-1 so far this session and I played strong in net my last game in a 3-2 win. The only two goals to beat me was a shot to the top corner of the net and a deflection off my own defenseman’s stick. Otherwise, my team really worked hard to come back from a 2 goal deficit in the last period to win the game.

I will be posting a place where you can look at all my past entries later on. I have a lot to do to get those up. Either I will find a way to put them in this live journal, or I will just archive them on my website somewhere. Else, I can just let them expire and start a new. I do like looking at all my old posts on occassion. Some of my posts bring back a lot of memories needless to say. ๐Ÿ™‚

More than a little irritated!

guess I will get this entry out of the way. I am always frank and honest in this journal. For better or for worst. Today, I am a little more irritated about a specific team in Copper than I was before. First, a little background…

In short, I played for the Stick Heads for 6 sessions. In that time, we had 6 winning sessions and won 3 championships. There is no denying the success we had as a team. After last session, it was decided that half the team was leaving to form a new team while the other half was going to walk away and play on other teams. This was fine, but I always wondered why this team was breaking up after so many successful sessions.

This Fury copper team is in essence the Stick Heads, but reloaded. Sure, some players walked away, but those players were replaced by better players. As I thought, they got another goalie in net to replace me.

I guess the thing that irritates me the most is the fact that I worked my ass off to better myself. To compete is something I strive to do. I always came prepared to play for the Stick Heads and I never missed a game or left them out to dry. So why the hell was I passed over? Why did the Stick Heads minus a couple players get back together without me in net or those few players? I know it will never be said, but it has to do with confidence in goaltending and the players in specific. Maybe the team was just not comfortable with me. Anyway, I am more than a little pissed off with the people on that team and probably will take it personally. Maybe more than I want to admit. I am going to try not to think about it.

When you have continued success on an established team, you want to have that success every session. This is something I know I won’t have with my current team in Copper, the White Tigers. I know they won’t have the horses to keep up with these higher eschelon teams. That upsets me a little.

On the good side, the White Tigers did come up with an excellent win on Monday over the Golden Eagles. It was a tight game all the way pretty much until my team scored two unanswered goals to make it 4-2. They chipped back within 1 and then we scored two more to make it 6-3 and that was the way it ended. Overall, I was impressed with the effort. I am always impressed with the effort these guys give. They may not be the most talented, but they work their asses off every night. That is all I ask from any team I play with.

I will feel better about things later on. I promise. Time heals all wounds.

Return to the ice!

A lot has happened in the last week.

On Wednesday, I had another strong game in a 3-2 victory. One goal that beat me was a shot that hit the top corner of the net and the other was a deflection off my own defenseman’s stick. We trailed 2-1 through most of the game until we got 2 goals in the third to win the game. Overall, I am very happy with my effort. I stopped two breakaway chances in the game that helped seal the victory.

On Thursday, I once again had another strong game in a 9-1 victory. Only goal that beat me was a partial breakaway. I went down a little too fast and he deked around me to score. Otherwise, my team dominated the game. The opposing team had a lot of chances early, but didn’t pressure much through the rest of the game.

Saturday was left covering Ferris State as they played MSU. As some of you may or may not know, FSU played very well last year. They placed 1st in the league and suprised everyone. This year, they are in a free fall. After a weak game on Friday night, they played strong on Saturday but were a little snakebit. I will be puting photos up on my webiste later.

This week, I have 3 more games and then covering 2 more games this weekend. Needless to say, I have a lot to do in the next week.

New Team…New Season

White Tigers vrs Mole Kickers – Mon 10/27

I came up with a very solid game and only one goal I wanted back and we still lost 4-1.

1 – Nice 3 on 1 chance. From the point to the wide open guy on the right hand side who roofed it over me when I slid over to make the save.

2 – The one I wanted back. Forward behind the net with the puck came around and stuffed it in. I didn’t go down until it was too late. Gotta seal that low part when they come around like that.

3 – Nice shot from the slot that knicked the far post and went in.

4 – Empty netter.

Overall, a very solid game. I made a lot of good saves. There are still some things that concern me. First off there were a lot of screened shots I didn’t even see. Some of them I never reacted to since I didn’t hear the shot. Those kinds of shots, if they are on net, are going to cause me problems down the road.

I was thinking of some goals for this new team I am playing for. This team was 1-10 last session and 2-9 the previous session. It will be my goal to get them 3 wins this session, and against harder teams no less. We will see what happens, but it feels nice to play with a new team.

Exhilaration and Disappointment

I will try to put into words what has happened in the last 72 hours. Not only has it been one of the highest points I have experienced in a long time, but it was also not without its low ones.

Saturday I walked into the arena at 9:00am ready to lead my teams through the playoffs. Since I am not superhuman, I found another goalie to take one of my three teams. Even I can’t play 2 consecutive games.

Game 1 – Team Kontakt vrs The Vipers
I have been goalie of Team Kontakt for a long time. This isn’t our first trip to the playoffs, but the team played very aggressive. After taking a 3-0 lead and playing a defensive game, I had a fluke shot from behind the net deflect off my own defenseman’s skate and go behind me to make it 3-1. About a minute later, one of their forwards picked the top corner to make it 3-2. My team regained the two goal lead with about four minutes left. The Vipers got back within one with 12 seconds to go, but the game was over by then. Gotta give big points to my team for working so hard.

Game 2: Stick Heads vrs Storm
This game was also another 4-3 game. It seemed whenever we took a one goal lead, the Storm was right there to answer back. My confidence never waivered though and when we scored with about five minutes left, I held them off for the win.

Game 3: Statewide Restoration vrs The Rage
I never played this game. I am glad I didn’t either. I didn’t have the energy to take them on after playing two games in the last 3 hours and this would have been a back-to-back game with the Stick Heads game I played previously. My backup goalie strained his groin 3/4 of the way through the game so he went home after the 6-2 loss.

Game 4: Team Kontakt vrs The Fury – Championship Game
I had another back to back game situation ahead of me here. With my Stick Heads team playing right after this one, I got another goalie to step in for me. I really had no choice in the matter. The last thing I wanted to do was lose my second game due to exhaustion.

This game was locked up at 1-1 for the longest time until The Fury scored with 9 seconds left to get the 2-1 win. My team was crushed. They worked so hard and got nothing out of it. I felt so bad like I let them down. Part of me still wonders if I played if I could have gotten them the win. It wasn’t like the other goalie I got to play was bad. He made save after save and did what it took to keep our team in it. I still cried after the game, but I had to shake it off because my championship game was coming up. I needed to be sharp.

Game 5 – Stick Heads vrs Off The Wall – Championship Game
With my eyes still red from crying, I stepped in the goal crease. My confidence was unraveled as my team took a 2-0 lead into the final period. My heart beat with anticipation as the time ticked off the clock. That is when Off The Wall made their move. A scrum in front of the net helped them get one goal. They got a second one off a shot that went top corner. I wish I got that first one, but the second one I had zero chance on. My team took two dumb penalties and gave them a two man advantage for the last two minutes of the game. They didn’t waste that either as they scored to make it 3-2 with under a minute to play.

I am going to stop time for a minute here and tell you how I felt. I felt terrible. I had a sick feeling inside me saying that I blew it. All that work for nothing. I was almost in tears. We were still on the penalty kill for the rest of the period and losing the game. I thought about the previous game and losing like my last team did and thought it was in the cards for this game.

Until…

I rushed to the bench after the puck was dropped, but I didn’t even get a chance to get on the bench. WE SCORED! Tied at 3-3! I didn’t believe it. I started practically dancing inside. To overtime we went. Still on the penalty kill though for a little bit. I stopped a great wraparound chance and a breakaway. When I covered the puck, the crowd cheered. I almost broke into tears again, but I tried to hold everything in until the end. About a minute later, we scored on a odd man rush. I charged out of the net flailing my arms. We had won. For the first time, I have led a team through the entire regular season and playoffs to a championship. A milestone for me. I broke into tears as the team piled on me and the guy who scored the goal in OT. Mission accomplished.

It has been a few days since we won, but I already found a song that I heard after we won that symbolizes our victory.

The Calling – Wherever you may go
ยปwww.songlyrics.co.nz/lyrics/t/thecalli..

Now, I am content. The demons inside no longer bother me. The hunger to do it again is still there. However, I have time. I am only 30. I know my time will come again, maybe next season. Now, I have a trophy to my name and I can call myself a champion.