Hosers vs The Money Shot Playoffs
The Fall MNWAHL playoffs saw my winless Hosers faceoff against The Money Shot, a team that beat us 10-2 in the regular season. I wasn’t too intimidated by that early season result as we had two fill lines of our smarter players and an attitude that we were due for a win. Things didn’t start off ideally as the first shot I saw was tipped through a screen. I didn’t see the puck till it hit me on its way into the net. The boys skated hard, creating chances and putting the puck in the net five times tying a season-high. Unfortunately with only two lines fatigue started to set in as The Money Shot had three full lines.
I played well, stopping 39 of 45 shots. I struggled with rebound control to the point that one rebound cost us a goal. The Money Shot had a few money shots that were sniped just under the bar or through my legs too. I was feeling bad until I looked at the analytics to find out I had a -0.22 expected goals against vs goals against. That means they should have scored 0.22 more goals than they did. 0.22 goals isn’t possible, but what the numbers to tell me is I didn’t play as bad as I though.
We now have a break until the Winter season starts up the first weekend after the new year. Word is our captain is going to get some ice time for some pick-up hockey between now and then which will be good as we’re adding a few new players as others are calling it quits.
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