seagoal Posted March 4, 2019 Share Posted March 4, 2019 We lost an absolute heartbreaker of a game last night. We were playing the 2nd place team from the division above us, we are the 2nd place team in our division. They are clearly a better team than us in most regards, as our history of playing them has shown. They never blow us out, but consistently beat us. Me and their goalie are pretty evenly matched but they have a consistent, persistent offense that is way better than ours. Our defense is matched well. Anyway, first goal on me was a fluke. A hard shot on the ice from the point on my left was going wide--my D guy decided to try to stop it with his skate, deflected it on goal. I drop to the RVH pretty quick, but not quick enough. Hit my skate and in. 1-0 end of the first. We tie it half way through the second, 1-1 end of the second. We take the lead early in the third, 2-1. We get in some penalty trouble halfway into the third. Their small, scrappy F peels off my guy on the half wall, skates into the circle to my left with tons of time and space, hard shot at my left skate, hit the post and in. 2-2. 1:30 left to play, my best D gets tripped by a guy, no call. He's down and out. Puck carrier dishes off to the point and the guys comes down towards me, 1 on 1 with my weaker D. The F fakes a cut to the slot and shoots at the perfect time with my D between us from the faceoff circle. The shot is off speed and flipping. By the time I saw it late, I could only go into a very passive, blocking symmetrical bfly. Puck hits my blocker, deflects back and to the side in the net. 3-2, which is how we lose. Had I caught site of it sooner I would have been more active with my blocker in front of my body for an easy save. But, I caught it very late so all I could do was play passive and big. Got a piece, but it went in. Ugh. That's hockey. The D who was on that play was pretty devastated and he was very upset for screening me. He asked me if he screened me, and my response was "well, the guy used you as a shield. That's not on you. You actually played it well. He shot at just the right moment with you between us. Not much you can do about that." So it ended up being a good conversation in the locker room about that and I later emailed him to further elaborate and try to take some of the heat off of him. Anyway, I think it is an important distinction for us to make with our D about active vs. passive screens. Getting used by a F with his head up and looking for just the right moment on a 1 on 1 play is NOT the same as a D man standing around blocking our sight lines. I think we can fault the D for the latter but not the former. Our D will be in the way some times and they should be aware of our sight lines, but they shouldn't expect to never be blocking our vision of a shot. What's the alternative? Moving aside and allowing a breakaway? No, that's silly. Hopefully I made him feel less bad about that play. I basically said: You didn't screen me, you got used. It's fine, relax. It was such a fun game, one of those where I just felt grateful to be playing and kinda fell in love with hockey and being a goalie all over again. I made 34 saves and played really well. Good times. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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