Sphinges vs Pharoahs: 7-4

We won our game last night, but not for lack of trying. πŸ˜‰ We had two superstars on our team that racked up all the points, and I think the rest of us were just sort of supporting cast in the scoring department. I got an assist in the first goal, though, woo!

I hadn’t been on the ice in two weeks, and it really seemed like it. I felt like I’d forgotten everything I’d learned in the last NCWHL practice and was instead flailing around for the puck. I inspected my stick carefully once I got home, and couldn’t find any trace of a puck-sized hole in the blade, but during the game I could have sworn it was there. πŸ˜‰

One very confusing moment in the game came when I heard the other team shouting “off! off!” for offsides a split second before the puck reached me. I wound up with the puck just inside my team’s defensive blue line, so the Pharoahs couldn’t enter our defensive zone without being offsides.

It was confusing, though, because I thought they had been offsides and that I just hadn’t heard the whistle — a thought supported by the fact that no one on the ice was moving. At all. Every single player on both teams, plus the two refs, were just standing there staring at me. No one on my team was skating around trying to get open for my pass….they were just standing there. Staring.

So I thought play was over and I just hadn’t heard the whistle. Finally, someone on my team shouted “choose left or right!”, which, frankly, was a retarded thing to say, but I was able to gather from hearing it that play was still on, so I passed it.

It was probably only three or four seconds, but, damn, how confusing. I still cannot comprehend why my entire team just stood there staring at me instead of skating around at all to get out from behind the huge red wall of Pharoahs offensivemen that were lined up at the blue line waiting for the puck to cross so they could enter the zone. *scratches head*

My whole team (myself included) needs to work on communication. We either don’t talk at all, or we try to have entire discourses on the ice. It reminded me of trying to talk to Peter via the Chatterboxes on the motorcycle — at speed, you have to just say “GAS” or “FOOD” or “STOP”, because the details get lost. Similarly, on the ice, if someone skates by me and says “when you have a chance, try to drop the pass back to Aaron”….I probably heard “when you……”. No. We need to say “AARON” or “DROP” or “OPEN!”.

[Edit: I realized after reading this post-publication that it sounds like I’m whining about my teammates. Writing this down was just as much a reminder to myself to do the same thing — I think I’m one of the worst offenders at being non-communicative, or at least not-usefully-communicative. It’s one of my goals to work on for the season.]

My next hockey event is a G2 NCWHL game on Sunday, June 4, but I’m not convinced I’ll be back from Reno in time. If that’s the case, I have NCWHL practice on Friday, June 9. At least that time, I’ll have a practice prior to an Ice Oasis game after having had a long hiatus from the ice. *thumbs up*

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4 Responses to Sphinges vs Pharoahs: 7-4

  1. Kim says:

    We (G1) have a game on 6/18 at 2:30 that you may want to sub in.
    Communication and lack of coherent team play are my annoyances with our team, too. In general when we’ve lost (in games without the blue helmet guy), my feeling hasn’t been that we were out skated on an individual level, but that the other team functioned as a team and we didn’t. It seems especially glaring in those awful 4 on 4 games. Unfortunately I’m not sure what I can do personally to help fix it.

  2. andrea says:

    psst, the puck doesn’t have to cross the blue line for the other team to enter your zone, but they do have to all clear the zone first before re-entering.
    strange that they were all standing there though, that’s unhelpful of your teammates. maybe they were just waiting to see your brilliant puck handling skills? sorry, skillz. =D

  3. carolyn says:

    Huh, well, they’d definitely all cleared, so I have no idea what they were doing then. Maybe someone was lingering? I have no idea. *scratches head*
    I’m sure it was my Mad Skillz. Clearly that’s the only possible explanation. πŸ˜‰
    Will you come to our next game and impart wisdom??? I need some Andreacoaching. *bats eyelashes*

  4. Alan R says:

    Congrats on the assist. In hockey I think the assists are often the hard part of scoring.

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