Over the past year, I have had to get some guys to sub-in for me. Twice one of the skaters on my team donned the pillows for me. After the second time, he said never again, his body couldn’t take it anymore.
Your body eventually adjusts, it’s your mind that causes you to sink or swim. I have the “luxury” of telling myself that I am a beginner, old and not very good – but that doesn’t stop me from doubting my decision to be in net. You see being in net means a lot of time to yourself, sometimes too much thought goes into figuring out what to do on a play. I find myself thinking – Wow – I wanna make a flashy windmill save like that guy. Instead the next 6 shots are all 5-hole – all finding the back of the net. It can be demoralizing.
But hey don’t get me wrong, it is a fun position. You get to scour the new & use gear websites & Instagram and marvel at other peoples bad decisions on pad wraps or custom paint jobs. If you have a good game, your team mates will let you know. If you had a bad game, all you can hope for is your teammates telling you that you didn’t have much help. If they don’t, well then you know you stunk up the ice.
A little bit of training goes a long way.
On the plus side, my team and I have as many wins so far this year that we did all of last year!
Last year I ended with a GAA of 5.65, 697 SA and SV% of .780 in 32 games, This year I am hanging in with a GAA of 4.53 (I had one really, really, REALLY bad game), 378 SA and SV% of .815 in 15 games.
– More to come on this…..