Well, first game of the 2012-2013 season is behind me now. I’ve got mixed feelings about it though as I think we were the favourites for the game. The 3-3 tie is an OK result. It’s points on the board, sure I think myself and the rest of the guys would’ve liked to come away with the W.
Tie games are tricky to take for some reason. You don’t have the good feeling you get from winning a game, but at the same time you don’t have the disappointment of losing. It’s somewhere in between the two. I wish that the league would play over times/penalty shots, but I guess it all comes down to ice allocation and so forth. It’s a real shame. But as said, it’s good to have the point on the board and now we know what we need to work on in training.
As for the opponents, I can’t fault them, not one bit. Coming into a game with 11 players and keeping at it for the full 60 minutes. The Invicta team was on you the whole time and I have to admire it. For some reason Invicta has been a difficult place to play at. The games have always been tight at their rink, either ending in a tie or in one goal loss. It’s difficult to put a finger on what makes it such a weird place to play at. The one thing I do have to say is that it was perhaps the loudest game that I have played in throughout my career. Felt like the fans were competing who could make the most noise, the Invicta or Pitbulls fans. Great atmosphere to play in.
The only thing we can do is work on the things we didn’t do too well on in training and get it going from there. The season is still relatively young and the results from the league have been delightfully varied. It’s good to be back on the ice and play games. The summer had felt really long and it’s good to get back to work.
I have always said that the season is a rollercoaster ride. Feels good to be riding it again.
One last thing. I’m still in the running for the SherWood Ambassador Programme through Nekoti Hockey. If you could vote for me, you can do so at: https://www.facebook.com/NekotiSherwoodAmbassadorProgramme/app_406909062688689
The voting is relatively straight forward:
1 click ‘like’ at the top of the page
2 scroll down to the finalist list (past the previous weeks’ winners and the small thumbnail pics)
3 click ‘vote’ on my (Janne Virtanen’s) profile. He should be 3rd