Got a win! We defeated Mayhem 4-3 in OT.
It was definitely a good win for me, and the team. But I don’t think anyone wanted it more than I did, considering my history with the Mayhem.
It was definitely a game we should have won. I think we all played very well. We outplayed the Mayhem, although they did put up a good fight and played a good game. The difference in our game compared to the last two weeks was unbelievable. Having our two designated C leaguers helped, and they definitely put the pressure on the other goalie. For once, most of the action was on the other end. He was seeing the shots I had been seeing. While I didn’t see near as many, I saw enough to keep me focused and in the game, without getting beat to a pulp. Actually, it just the game I like.
I think the ice time this week really helped me. I found that I was playing out further, and not giving them as much to shoot at. I think I can say that in this game I could really feel the weight loss has helped. My positioning was better, and I was moving around the crease better.
We took the lead (1-0) with an early goal. They Mayhem came back and played hard, getting the rebounds and getting down to our defensive zone. My D was definitely there this week. I did give up a goal late in the 1st, to tie the game 1-1. Actually this goal, (and the 3rd I gave up), we the killers for me. I don’t want to blame the rink, but as I have stated before, I have problems at this rink with shots from the top of the face of circle to the blue line. Last night was no exception.
The second period ended with us leading 3-2. I did give up my second goal late in the period, on a breakaway. I was patient, waiting for the shooter. No fancy moves on his part. Came straight in and made the shot. I went down a fraction to soon and felt it going right thru legs.
In the third, I gave the other goal on a shot from the blue line, which made the score 3-3. They Mayhem really put on the pressure the last minute. One of their guys came in on a breakaway, and made the shot with seconds left. I made a beautiful stick save. My bench went crazy, and the buzzer sounded. Overtime. Shit.. seems like every time I play Mayhem I go to overtime.
But we scored really early in OT, got the 4-3 win.
Outside of those problem goals, I was very pleased with my game. It was fun, I felt I played well, actually handing the puck and feeling more comfortable communicating with the guys. Making saves in traffic and despite screens. I feel made game is improving. I kept my stick on the ice. And I made some really good saves, including one sweet glove save! Gotta get that on video. My D…awesome!