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    I'd be down for an LGK team! I think the hard part would bet finding a rink that is central to us, we are pretty spread out. I'm in Long Beach.

    We lost 2-1 on Wednesday night. We are now 1-5 on the season.

    It was a fun game, had a full bench, got plenty of shots off from the blue line. I also was more active than I've ever been, had a handful of give'and'goes with my buddy resulting in a few SOG's, nothing went in. Their goalie was giving up rebounds galore, but no one on our team could capitalize on them. I was trying everything, normal clappers, shot-passes, rebounds given, but no one to bury them. The game was 0-0 halfway through the 2nd when they finally scored their first goal. Then we traded goals early in the third and that was a wrap. I think we just lack two solid lines, our first line is great, our second line, not so much. However, its nice to see that chemistry is starting to be established between our first line and myself. @jammer06 mentioned it in a previous post, that it takes time and then stuff starts clicking. That was the case this past game, and I'm looking forward to more scoring chances with this first line. Now that we have some flow and know what each other are looking to do, we can hopeful start converting those chances into goals. They know that I'm going to look for that quick seem in the mid-top face off circle area and will pinch in to fill that gap and they can hit me with a quick pass for a one-timer from that area. That is how we worked a few give'and'goes, they cycled it back to me up the boards to the point. I'd wait for the forward to start skating my way before sending it back down the half-wall to the LW and then I'd immediate make my way diagonally toward the mid-slot area and they'd feed me for a quick shot.

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    When I'm in town I can sub in on the over 40 team!

    Oh and we won our last game 5-2, my D partner had all the luck scoring 2 goals. Plays just went to him instead of me. Felt good most of the game until I tweaked my knee a bit in the third. Thankfully it didn't act up really bad and this week I was able to hit the gym 4 of 5 days to work on rehabbing it. Next game on monday night against the other top team. Will let you know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beedee View Post
    Can't remember if I shared my goalie stories here or not. But I was in a similar boat. But I was tired of playing wing, getting screwed on ice time whenever we had too many players, and then double screwed when someone took a penalty. I thought to myself, its kind of now or never if I want to try goalie on ice at the age of 41. Unlimited ice time, no one to share or rotate on a line with, it was just ME ME ME in the crease, ALLLLLL GAAAAMMMEEE LOOONG! I had played it off and on over the years when playing street hockey with friends, and in organized roller leagues. It had always been a dream (for lack of better words) for me to play it on ice. F it, I'm in!

    I acquired some of our goalies old gear (chestie, leg pads, blocker, glove), and was on my own for goalie pants, knee-guards, mask and skates. Luckily my buddy was a manager at Goalie Monkey, and he had a new pair of demo Graf Goalie Skates that were my size that he let me have for free, score! My training included creating an extensive YOUTUBE playlist on how to goalie. I then joined some skills clinics (for free) at Lakewood, as well as quite a few stick times with my friends. I brought my GoPro out and set it up in the low-slot to watch myself on video when I got home. Once I grew a sack, I started playing some pick-up, and then my friends rookie team needed a tendie. I took the plunge, it was tough because everyone was brand new, and I was a Silver level player, playing in ROOKIE. Talk about a mind-F!!! I was trying to help coach the team from the crease while I was learning a new position more or less. It was rough going to say the least. We were getting smoked, I'm going to toot my own horn, I was able to keep games respectable due to how many sandbaggers the other teams were carrying. I played two seasons of ROOKIE while subbing off and on in COPPER...eventually landing a full-time gig on a COPPER team at Lakewood. This lead me to some BRONZE subbing opportunities as well.

    This position was great and not great all at the same time. It was really cool to make the "big save" and get props from everyone. It also sucked when the game was on the line and you let in a softie. It sucked when you bust your ass every game because you are the last resort, but your D and F were half-ass back-checking, or not even getting back at all. I can't tell you how many 2 on 0's I faced, it was insane! Another rough part was, if you weren't feeling good, you couldn't keep your shifts short and relax on the bench. Last but not least, IT IS AN INSANE WORKOUT if your team sucks. Being that you are in ROOKIE, expect to face a ton of shots! At one point in my early ROOKIE games, I had to call a time-out because I thought I was going to puke right there in the crease, that is how hard I was working.

    All in all, it was tough. The mental aspect got to me, I was getting frustrated more than I was having fun. The nail in the coffin for me was the Richard-head that hit me in the collar bone during warm ups from the right side of the semi-circle as I was facing the far left shooter. Imagine your own teammate basically taking you out of the game before it even starts?!?! Crazy huh, but it happened. People are f'ing dumbasses and don't look up before shooting at the goal. There are quite a few beer league hockey goalie warm-up memes floating around that are all accurate as F! I decided after that game when I got plugged in warmies that I was done. I had fun, but I don't know, the pressure that I put on myself was rough, and it was hard for me not to get pissed at my team for giving up so many outnumbered attacks on me.

    One last note, you really should be a great skater too. Don't think that you are just standing there all game, next time you watch an NHL game, focus solely on the goalies and how active they really care, it is insane!
    Thanks for this in depth goalie review! Haha

    I have a feeling id be on the same boat of getting frustrated with my play especially with it being on the line. Id be my worst critic and would probably bum me out. It does seem fun to try and learn something new sorta how playing D felt this season. If i come across cheap goalie gear i might give it a go. But im currently working on my skating and shooting so i can try and be a more effective D player.

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    OK, so my team lost our 2nd game of the season 7-4 to the new team in our league, but the score is not really reflective of how well my team played. New Team was not nearly as intimidating as they seemed last week when I was watching them from the sidelines. I even won about 5 faceoffs! I never win faceoffs! AND, my team was without our 2 top scorers.
    We gave up 3 goals in the first 2 minutes - before I ever even touched the ice - I'll have to watch the Live Barn replay to see exactly what happened. We were down 4-0 after the 1st period, but we kept our chins up, our goalie got his act together, and we just kept wearing them down and got a few great chances - and it was 6-4 after the 2nd. New Team is pretty fast, so we were getting a bit tired in the 3rd period, but still held them to just the 1 additional goal. They seemed to be running out of gas a bit, too.
    We had some chances, but just couldn't put the biscuit in the basket. One guy hit a post so hard you could have heard it in the 300s at Staples - darn. I had a couple of blown chances, too, but was just sucking too much wind. I'm still not used to playing forward with only 2 lines....gotta work on my cardio and leg strength before Kings fantasy camp later this month!!
    THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, BROWNIE!

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    Our game monday night got cancelled due to delays in a weekend tournament. The real bummer was I got to watch the debacle at crypto. In any case next monday we are back on the ice. I'm not sure if I'm skating in our academy skate this friday yet. Kids want to have another family night.

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    I subbed in a lower division (Copper) game on Saturday afternoon, wasn't sure if I'd make it in time since Lil Beedee had her Softball Opening Day Ceremony that same day. I can see the appeal of playing down a level, it gives you a bit more time to take an extra, extra look out there. I played D and had fun making stretch passes and being the set-up guy on the occasional rush. There were a couple pretty good guys that I enjoyed playing with, we had pretty good chemistry off the bat. One of them fed me on the point from the half-boards to where I received the pass, wound up for a snapper all in one motion and beat the tendie glove side, above the left pad! That put us on the board, 1-0. After that we went up 2-0, then traded goals and ended up winning 4-2. Great group of guys with a similar mix of skilled/not-so-skilled players (similar to my Bronze team). The captain asked if I could be a regular sub, so I obliged. Will be nice to get a weekend skate in, as well as my Wednesday night games. The funny thing was, I saw a game on the rink next to us, also Copper that had a few players that I played with before in Silver, lmao!

    Tonight we have the 9pm slot, looking forward to playing! Will be my second time on my Bauer Vapor 3x skates, I returned the RibCor's over the weekend. After this two month long experiment, nothing fit me like the Vapor, so I'm glad that saga is finally officially over! I wore the 3x's on Saturday for the game, first time wearing them and they were great! Felt good have some forward lean again and not feel like I was on my heels like I did in the CCM's! Will report tomorrow on how tonights game goes. I remember this team from the end of last season, or was it early this season? They were pretty solid overall, had two ringers though. Curious if they'll be there tonight???

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    5-3 W last night!

    Their ringer was there, we did a great job of getting under his skin, resulting in a couple retaliatory penalties by him. The league director was watching as the game became very chippy, 12 penalties total! Our captain pointed out the ringer to the director and he said, "oh yeah, he subs every now and then". Cappy then said, that comes to an end tonight or I'm bring Terry Yake back out!!! They had another not quite as good as the ringer, ringer. He was a 19-20 year old kid I'd say, pretty fast, but very predictable as he always tried to dangle with the same inside-out move. I caught on very early to this and ended up taking a penalty on him as he tried the move again. All I did was body him up as he tried to cut back outside and he went down like a freakin' feather. Anyhow, we had the lead all game and it felt great! I didn't have too many shots thought, but 3 or 4 got through, so that was good. Also had an apple on a textbook shot-pass from the left point to my buddy how was a few feet out from the far post. Center won the face-off back to me and I took a look and was about to let a snapper go when my buddy called my name. So I just kind of no-look adjusted my "shot" and kept it hard and low (thats what she said) right to his stick for the easy Kathryn Tappin. Nothing extra to report other than the not quite the ringer, ringer took my feet out behind our goal as we were both chasing the puck down, I ate crap on my right butt-cheek more or less and for whatever reason my pants padding wasn't cover that area, so it really hurt last night and is pretty sore today still. Also, the ringer took a shot from around the face-off dot as I forced him wide and it hit me right above the ankle bone, that hurt like a mo-fo as he could really get some velocity on his shots! Foot felt numb for a short bit as I hobbled around for the remainder of my shift. Got to the bench and walked it off when I wasn't on the ice. Today it doesn't hurt nearly as bad as I thought it would, so thats good!

    Not sure if I'm going to sub with that team again on Saturday. They are a great bunch, but they upped the sub fee to $40, which feels too steep for my liking. I'd rather go play pick-up for $19 and get way more ice time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beedee View Post
    5-3 W last night!

    Their ringer was there, we did a great job of getting under his skin, resulting in a couple retaliatory penalties by him. The league director was watching as the game became very chippy, 12 penalties total! Our captain pointed out the ringer to the director and he said, "oh yeah, he subs every now and then". Cappy then said, that comes to an end tonight or I'm bring Terry Yake back out!!! They had another not quite as good as the ringer, ringer. He was a 19-20 year old kid I'd say, pretty fast, but very predictable as he always tried to dangle with the same inside-out move. I caught on very early to this and ended up taking a penalty on him as he tried the move again. All I did was body him up as he tried to cut back outside and he went down like a freakin' feather. Anyhow, we had the lead all game and it felt great! I didn't have too many shots thought, but 3 or 4 got through, so that was good. Also had an apple on a textbook shot-pass from the left point to my buddy how was a few feet out from the far post. Center won the face-off back to me and I took a look and was about to let a snapper go when my buddy called my name. So I just kind of no-look adjusted my "shot" and kept it hard and low (thats what she said) right to his stick for the easy Kathryn Tappin. Nothing extra to report other than the not quite the ringer, ringer took my feet out behind our goal as we were both chasing the puck down, I ate crap on my right butt-cheek more or less and for whatever reason my pants padding wasn't cover that area, so it really hurt last night and is pretty sore today still. Also, the ringer took a shot from around the face-off dot as I forced him wide and it hit me right above the ankle bone, that hurt like a mo-fo as he could really get some velocity on his shots! Foot felt numb for a short bit as I hobbled around for the remainder of my shift. Got to the bench and walked it off when I wasn't on the ice. Today it doesn't hurt nearly as bad as I thought it would, so thats good!

    Not sure if I'm going to sub with that team again on Saturday. They are a great bunch, but they upped the sub fee to $40, which feels too steep for my liking. I'd rather go play pick-up for $19 and get way more ice time!
    I feel like any time the sub fee is over $20 I'm not interested. Seems like it should always be in line with a case of not the cheapest beer on earth.

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    So we had a rematch with the team that beat us last time on the brutal tweener shot. 3 full lines and 2 d pairs. I centered our 3rd line. Game started off poorly as our top line got scored on about 45 seconds in (BOOOOO). The second line went out and scored on a nifty back door pass about 40 seconds later (YAAAAAY). Our line went out after one more whistle for a D-zone draw. I managed to win it pretty cleanly and we worked our way out of the zone ok, but we muffed the entry and they turned it back on us. We spent the rest of the shift just trying to survive our own zone. But we didn't give up a goal, we left that to the first line guys who went out after us and I guess they figured the easiest way to get to the neutral zone was to let them score off the draw.
    Things went downhill for a bit there from then, they scored on all of our lines in succession to put us down 4-1 (although by virtue of a terrible change I technically wouldn't have been assigned the minus). We battled back and got it to 2-4, they pushed it to 5-2 on a crap goal where they pushed our goalie in the net. It was about this time that it dawned on everyone that the refs weren't calling crap in a 10:20 start time game and it started getting pretty physical. Nothing outright dirty, just a lot of body contact, heavy sticks on sticks and occasionally people not giving up their right of way as they moved through the neutral zone. Some spectacular collisions later and a pattern was emerging, we could cut the lead to two goals, but we couldn't get it to one. 5-3, 6-4, 7/8-5 and then the final 8-6. About 10 mins to go in the third we went to 2 centers and dropped me back to D. It worked out for us in that I was able to spell our guys as two of them had played a game right before. I did manage quite a few shots from the point that their goalie didn't see, but it hit her or I missed the net. The worst part of it was the last three goals they scored were all seeing eye flukes. One even came on a pass from behind the goal line, off two of our D skates and neatly around our goalie. It was one of those games that wasn't meant to be. Back on the ice next Sunday, we'll see how that goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammer06 View Post
    So we had a rematch with the team that beat us last time on the brutal tweener shot. 3 full lines and 2 d pairs. I centered our 3rd line. Game started off poorly as our top line got scored on about 45 seconds in (BOOOOO). The second line went out and scored on a nifty back door pass about 40 seconds later (YAAAAAY). Our line went out after one more whistle for a D-zone draw. I managed to win it pretty cleanly and we worked our way out of the zone ok, but we muffed the entry and they turned it back on us. We spent the rest of the shift just trying to survive our own zone. But we didn't give up a goal, we left that to the first line guys who went out after us and I guess they figured the easiest way to get to the neutral zone was to let them score off the draw.
    Things went downhill for a bit there from then, they scored on all of our lines in succession to put us down 4-1 (although by virtue of a terrible change I technically wouldn't have been assigned the minus). We battled back and got it to 2-4, they pushed it to 5-2 on a crap goal where they pushed our goalie in the net. It was about this time that it dawned on everyone that the refs weren't calling crap in a 10:20 start time game and it started getting pretty physical. Nothing outright dirty, just a lot of body contact, heavy sticks on sticks and occasionally people not giving up their right of way as they moved through the neutral zone. Some spectacular collisions later and a pattern was emerging, we could cut the lead to two goals, but we couldn't get it to one. 5-3, 6-4, 7/8-5 and then the final 8-6. About 10 mins to go in the third we went to 2 centers and dropped me back to D. It worked out for us in that I was able to spell our guys as two of them had played a game right before. I did manage quite a few shots from the point that their goalie didn't see, but it hit her or I missed the net. The worst part of it was the last three goals they scored were all seeing eye flukes. One even came on a pass from behind the goal line, off two of our D skates and neatly around our goalie. It was one of those games that wasn't meant to be. Back on the ice next Sunday, we'll see how that goes.
    man that sounds fun as hell, minus the flukey stuff I mean

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