By Wyatt Earp | March 31, 2009
Well, that was interesting.
My triumphant return to the ice rink turned out pretty well – depending upon how you look at it. It was easier for me to just post the coverage in a Good News, Bad News format. (And yes, that is me in the photo from June of last year.) Here we go.
Good News: My legs felt fine, as did the rest of me. We had 12 skaters, and I got plenty of ice time.
Bad News: I had a decent amount of scoring chances, but didn’t put the biscuit in the basket once.
Good News: I did earn two assists and was a +2 on the night. Stat-wise, I had a good night.
Bad News: I had a chance to stop the first goal of the night – a breakaway – but I wasn’t fast enough to catch the guy, and too afraid to haul him down – and risk a penalty shot.
Good News: We won the game by a score of 9-2, improving our record to 14-8-5.
Bad News: I was the team’s tackling dummy. I was hauled down or buried three times in the game. The first time, I was hit with an open-ice check that left me a little dizzy. The second time, I was dumped to the ice and landed on my elbow. It felt like it was fractured, but since I can move it, it is probably only bruised. Three hours after the game it is swollen and still hurts like Hell. The third time, I was skating for a loose puck, and the guy from the other team threw his leg out and took me down with a knee-to-knee check. It is the same knee that I injured last year.
Oh, and this is supposed to be a no-check league.
Overall, the good news (the win) outweighed the bad news (the pain). Of course, I reserve the right to re-evaluate that decision in the morning. I have a feeling the pain will be worse by then. Vincent Antonelli had his best game of the season, scoring a goal and a beautiful assist. Fish scored a nice goal from the point – his first in a few games. Badger played splendidly in goal, and Randal Graves had another rock-solid game . . . before getting thrown out in the third for fighting.
Eh, it was still great to get back to my happy place.