My team got clobbered in our fourth game in the Original Six League at Franklin Park Ice Arena. We played the same guys who whupped us in our first game — only this time, they beat us 7-1 instead of 5-1. It was quite demoralizing, since the game was close until the third period.
Unlike our third game, all our guys showed up, including some of the more experienced players on my team. I quietly played left wing, deferring the defensive duties to the better skaters. We rolled four lines and two pairs of defensemen, so we had plenty of line changes.
It looked like we had a legitimate shot. After the first period, the score was tied 0-0. At the end of the second, we were down 2-1.
Then, in the third period, the other team decided to “play for real,” and lit us up for five unanswered goals.
Some of my teammates suggested that we were just tired by the third period. I disagree. We had 16 skaters, after all, so no one was logging heavy minutes. I think the other team was just toying with us.
Sure, it sounds like I’m making excuses, but when a guy on the other team skates around three of our guys, then beats the goalie while jumping over an outstretched leg, he might just be a little too good to be in a recreational league.
That said, I did my best to not embarrass myself. I made sure that I stayed in position, didn’t make any foolish passes and tried to do my best defensively (I knew I wasn’t going to get a goal tonight). Overall, I was minus-1.
The next game can’t come soon enough.
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