I'll continue with more Gang Green-related postings shortly (as soon as I have more than 5 minutes to myself), but I wanted to mention asap that Al and I are moving to Philadelphia in September. Of course our first concern, before even finding a house out there, is WHERE WILL WE PLAY HOCKEY? If you play in (or know of) any co-ed beginner leagues in Philadelphia or the surrounding area, can you please comment on this post? Men's leagues that don't have rules against women are OK, too (I don't care if I'm the only girl). Thanks!!
Just a quick entry to say that I had a really fun time playing against the Cougars on Monday, even though we lost and I nearly scored on our own goalie. (But I didn't! I said *almost*!) Actually, it was a bit scary—I think I came closer to scoring on us than I ever have to scoring on our opponents. Lucky for me and the team, Lou has a kick save.
Anyway, I think what made it fun for me was that some of the speed I'd shown in the game the week before against the Snowballs manifested again in this game, and there wasn't nearly as much falling down. Whether that was because I finally got my skates sharpened or because I'd mentally psyched myself up to go *around* people and to make as little body contact as possible, I'm not sure. Probably a little of both. Certainly I didn't make as much body contact in this game as I normally would. It also helped that I wasn't facing off against the giant Snowball goon who thought it was perfectly OK to treat me like one of those blocking dealies offensive linemen run at in football practice. Normally I can stand just about anyone up at the faceoff, but this guy had at least a hundred pounds on me, and with the dull skates, I couldn't gain any purchase. I got mowed down every time.
This week the opponents were more my size, and they were just as interested in going around me as I was in going around them, so it worked out well. They could also skate a bit better, so I wasn't taken out by random flailings (or, as was the case last week, by a guy who, while I was trying to fish the puck out from between his feet from behind, fell on my stick and pulled me down with him. I got a bit of whiplash from my chin hitting his back on that one.).
We'll get another chance to beat the Cougars next Monday, when we make up a game that was cancelled earlier in the season. We also have a game Saturday, and one the following Sunday, so that'll be 3 games in 8 days. Yay! After that, it's on to the playoffs...