Monday, June 30, 2014

3 - Peat

The Spring season in the ECBHL wrapped up last night with our win in the championship game. It was a hard fought contest against a determined squad.The two teams were well matched and it showed as the game was back and forth throughout the three periods. We knew the other team were going to start fast and we found ourselves down 4-0 midway through the first period. With several veterans of the league on our team there was no panic-we had to weather the storm then get back to our game; a strong fore check and smart defensive play in our end. The goals would come- we just had to slow down our opponents first.

With two late goals in the first period we carried the momentum into the second period and tied the match.Feeling better about our game and some solid goaltending by our keeper we took advantage of their tiring defense to take a two goal lead. They were a resourceful squad and rallied to net a couple goals midway through the final period to knot up the score at 7-7.

We had decided during the intermission to shoot as much as possible in the third to take advantage of their weary defense while looking for screens, turnovers and deflections. Around the 13 minute mark of the period my line mate picked up the ball on the half boards then circled towards centre court drawing both defensemen towards him. I sprinted in from right wing anticipating nothing but the shot. The goalie made the initial save but i was able to recover the ball off his pads, deke to the left and score the winning goal. With a couple minutes remaining we scored again to secure the victory 9-7.

It's been a good year for me playing in the ECBHL with three successive championships while finishing high in league scoring despite preferring to play a more defensive role. Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.


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