What Was That?

We had our last game at Ice Oasis last night, though I'm not sure you could call it a game. Neither team's goalie showed up, so Bobby from the Blue Martini team stayed on (and played better than in the previous game, I thought) and Rodrigo, the Zamboni driver, put on the loaner equipment. What ensued was a bizarre mix of pickup and showoffsmanship (a word I just made up).

We played Symantec, which is usually a team that's easy to beat despite its two or three ringers; the ringers can't carry the team on their own. Usually. Last night, however, with only one real goalie, a fourth ringer (Alex) borrowed from Blue Martini, and little passing to the team's beginners, Symantec managed a 16 to 8 blowout.

Mostly I wasn't pleased with my level of play (I won't bother to say anything else about Symantec's), but I did have one really cool carry up the ice. Rob had twice tried to feed me with really soft passes from behind, but I couldn't slow down enough to get either one. On his third attempt, however, I was ready for the off-speed pass, waited for it, and skated a half-arc to get control of it before taking off for the far blue line. I figured if Anton can skate these huge arcs with the puck just to set himself up, I could spend at least 1/8 the time and do myself the same favor. It worked beautifully, and as I reached full speed I felt confident and fast and in control. I screwed up the pass back to Rob as we crossed the far blue line, but for those few seconds between blue lines I was invincible.

Of course, every moment of invincibility must be balanced with complete freakwit behavior, and it seemed like there was more freakwit behavior than usual in this game. I choose to spotlight the time I managed to poke check the puck away from a breaking opponent, and then lost the black disc between my feet. In my earnest attempt to fish it out and clear it, I focused a little too much on where the puck was and ended up falling face first onto the ice. I honestly didn't realize I had pitched so far forward until my face cage smacked the ice, giving me an instant headache. Thank god for the mouthguard, or I would probably have gotten a concussion. [End Freakwit Spotlight]

I can't really say I was sad when I threw my socks and jersey into the "traded or not coming back next season" pile in the middle of the locker room at the end of the game, but it is the end of an era. We'll probably be back at Ice Oasis at some point in the future, but for now we are really looking forward to branching out and trying another rink, another team, another league. I will miss playing with Justin, I have to say; I don't think I've talked about him much here on the site, but he made a great linemate and role model for me. He's easy to pass to, he has a great attitude, and he's funny as hell. Really, his comic timing is even more impressive than his hockey moves, which is saying something. (And in comparison with a couple other teammates I can think of... well, they just don't compare at all. There's a technique to being funny; one guy's attempted jokes always fall flat, and another doesn't seem to realize that jokes are supposed to be funny, not just mean.) So here's to J: funnyman, power shooter, and friend to goalposts everywhere. :)

In other hockey news, my Spitfire team is now considering whether to go to a tournament in Vegas in April; I'm thinking I will opt out, since it conflicts with the beginning of the summer season at Logitech Ice, and because my sister can't make it anyway. She's been dying to go to Vegas, and I've been dying for her to see me play hockey, so it seemed like a Vegas tournament would fit the bill. She's back in school trying to finish her Bachelor's degree, however, and the tournament doesn't coincide with her Spring Break. With two scheduling conflicts, it seems the April Vegas tournament is not for me. I'll probably try to do Vancouver in May, though.

Posted by Lori in | March 4, 2003·12:14 PM


Aw...I'm finally on Coastside and you're leaving!
Sorry we won't get a chance to hob-nob on the bench.


Posted by: Julie at March 4, 2003 11:37 PM

Greg: Thanks!

Julie: I know! I saw your name on the Coastside roster and considered the missed opportunity. Maybe someday we'll be on a tournament team together. :)

Posted by: Lori at March 5, 2003 5:15 PM