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Thread: Tales from the beer league part 2

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    It wasn't pretty but we pulled out the W last night, in a shootout, with your compadre scoring the only goal....in the 5th round!

    We jumped out to a very, very early 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game! From there we were outshooting them by a lot, not quite a 2-1 margin, but close. I was stoked to be playing with another solid D partner, we passed well and knew where each other would be and would cover for each other in situations that called for it. This made for a fun time since we didnt have to worry about one of us (a la another D on our team) randomly jumping into plays and getting stuck on the forecheck deep in the O'zone, WTF?!!. They eventually tied it early in the 2nd, then we went up 2-1 late in the 2nd. Their goalie was coming up big as we kept the shots coming, just weren't able to bury rebounds. Things were looking good until 4 seconds left in the game when the slowest dribbler rolled in during a scramble in our crease. I was on the bench so I couldn't really see the details, other than it was beyond frustrating! That lead us to the shootout. I have never participated in one since usually they are settled by the time the 3rd shooter (they are always set for 3 rounds in our league). Welp, after our top 4 guys (forwards and centers) went I said that I'd go. During warm-ups and at stick-times I practice a Datsyuk style breakaway move. It isn't overy fancy, but it worked for him a lot and I had been getting pretty proficient with it so I figured what the heck. I came in with a few wide stick handles and made my way to the left of center ice as I moderately tightened the width of my puck movement width, changing the angle, I moved towards the right post, pulling the goalie with me. Opened up the stick blade as if I was going to shoot to get her to drop and slide, pulled the puck back a bit on my back hand then lobbed in back towards her blocker side over the pad and in! All the boys were really stoked and said that it looked silky-smooth! Then said I had to shoot first in the next shoot out, lol!

    That win put us in first temporarily with 11, as there are games to be played tonight, with two of the teams having 10 points.
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    Just wanted to check-in here to see how everyone is doing in the BHL.

    My main team, Bronze Division (Wednesday nights) has playoffs tomorrow night, we finished in 4th (out of 8) for the regular season. The team we play tomorrow has a few really good young guys that have played together for awhile, and they are quick lil bastards! Even with my head on a swivel, they still are over my right shoulder one second, then I look again and they are gone! Last week we only had 7 guys, so I skated almost the entire game, had one break per period. My D partner iron-manned it, no breaks!

    I've been subbing (playing D) pretty regularly on a team one level below in the Copper Division (mainly Saturday evenings) and that has been pretty fun. The level of play is a little slower, but there are a couple teams that could easily be in Bronze. It's been nice to get on the ice twice a week, or in some cases just once with this team if I missed my Wednesday night games. The captain is really cool and I'm only paying $20 to play, so its way better than paying the $40 that the rink charges (if the team didnt pay the team fee).

    Mrs. Beedee's team has been killing it and is in 1st place in the Tin South division. She had her first goal and multi-point game last week (1 goal, 2 assists) she was stoked to say the least!

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    Just skating in our friday night skates and dropping in on wednesdays this summer. The guy who runs it has been cool and let me bring Mini a couple of times when we were short. Did a Father Son camp with Mini. It was amazing. They even had some daughters there. Hockey and Sons Camp Was great but grueling. 3 ice sessions per day from sunday through tuesday and then weds morning was the kids vs parents. Mini is a bantam now and it's pretty much the only "competitive" game if the dads really want to push it. By the time they're midgets the dads are getting slaughtered. One of the dads in the mite game was a former college player and actually pulled a lacrosse goal from behind the net. Still it was so much fun. There was one dad there that flew in his 4 kids from Florida for it. The rules for the dads are that you can have all the fun you want, but you are expected on the ice with your kid. They also had the college training room open for ice and treatment. I was living in that thing. Great experience. Coach Constantine told great stories about Jagr and what he was like to a coaching staff, along with stories about Ian Moran who was his bottom pair team guy. Kids were eating it up. In any case tryouts for mini are in three weeks and my beer league starts back up in Oct.

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    I also didnt know this but they have a camp for dads and daughters too http://www.hockeyanddaughters.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammer06 View Post
    I also didnt know this but they have a camp for dads and daughters too http://www.hockeyanddaughters.com/
    dang....I'm gonna be pretty old before I can do the "grandma & granddaughter camp"....might not make it.


    My team is off to a better start than last season (2-3 so far....we went 1-14 last season). Got a couple more good players this time....let's see how we fare tonight against a team we should be able to beat.
    THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, BROWNIE!

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    Our team finished 4th out of 8 this season and last night was our first playoff game. We knocked off the first place team in our first playoff game last night, we were seeded 4th. Score was 6-1, everyone played great and we actually played with some structure for once! It feels good to be heading to the championship game (can't even remember the last time I was on a team that played for it).

    League sent out the email about next season, of course it went up another $20. When dividing it by 13 full-time players, it is now $498 for 15 games.

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    We lost in the championship game, 2-0. I didnt play though, unfortunately my surfers ear was acting up, causing me to feel "off" and a little nauseous.

    Decided to take this season off and get in on some organized pick-ups here and there. I just don't find any value in a $500 season at this point.

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    So I just ponied up my $500 for next season, 20 games plus playoffs. Really hoping I get to play at all. I have a drs appt on Friday to get cleared for an MRI. Been doing physical therapy for the last 6 weeks and while those guys have been great at giving me exercises that show just how out of balance my legs are and getting it more even, they also have discovered my range of motion that my body won't do. The easiest way to to describe what hurts is I can't step up a staircase sideways on my right side. The leg can't bear the weight to load like that. Basically when I'm turning right on the ice, I can only load my left leg which is a problem in competitive skates. The PT guys are also concerned that its only a matter of time before I blow my left knee out from the strain its taking to hide what's wrong with the right.
    True to form right after my drs appt on friday I'll be going to a lunch skate because hockey.

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