So here's the game. It was at the All State Arena in Rosemont Illinois where the Chicago Wolves play. Pretty strange to have my bag inspected before being taken to the dressing room. The dressing room was weird as well. Not surprisingly, the teams didnt get dressed in the real locker rooms. However, things continued being weird there as well. The team, Guns and Hoses (a team of firemen and cops), were led to the room by 2 female "chaperones". After the players piled in, I began to start undressing and of course one decides to hang around in the hall way. I was lost in concentrating and apparently she got an eye full of yours truly in my birthday suit before she decided that she should close the doors. The game itself had all the bells and whistles with the Anthem and line ups being announced over the PA. I somehow missed all of that. The opposition was another team of firemen and evidently, there's bad vibes between the teams from years past.
The sole reason for my being "activated" is that although I am rostered on the team, I've played only 2 games for them the past 5 years, this being my 6th, since I started playing again. Any way, when the Boss asked me to play, I said yes in a weak moment. Typically, games are the usual weeknight beer league times which I just cant and dont want to do any more. Although we lost, the one goal was enough to get the win, if not get the game into a shootout. Suspend your disbelief at how arrogant that sounds for just a second. Of the 4 goals, I made three errors. The first goal was a result of throwing the puck up the boards. I expected a winger to be in his spot but as I was later told, the winger in question refuses to get back below the blue line. So an opposing winger collected it and fired it to his teammate who had an easy tap in. The second goal was off a rebound in front which I failed to control and misread where the D-man was going to position himself. The 3rd goal was from my not having picked up the puck early. The shooter deserves credit for a nice shot - although it wasnt that hard - and shooting it in between the defenders skates. I got my skate on it as it blew past me but obviously not enough. The 4th goal was a deflection by my teammate Josh, who's a forward, but he was back deep just trying to help out. No disrespect to the opponent but they werent anything beyond what I can handle but I made some mistakes and they ended up in the net. My play, to be "charitable" about it was average at best. Anyway, I am glad I played and now I can go back to just being a practice target. Thanks for checking it out and I truly do appreciate the encouragement the members here have extended. Hearing it from real goalies who compete makes an old gas bag like me feel pretty good. It means a lot to me.