Hosers for MN Freeze Winter Season Opener

The 2023 MNWAHL Winter season started with the Hosers doing something we didn’t do for the entire fall season – win! It’s amazing how a team plays with a full bench. We had over three full lines for this game and a few new guys. I was excited as a long-time friend joined the team after years of me encouraging him to.

The team looked really good. I liked the talent of the new guys and how they mixed with our returning guys. I have an optimistic outlook for this winter season. I on the other hand didn’t have a great game. I let in four goals on 17 shots. The first goal was an odd one, but I wasn’t upset about it. The second goal I put in my own net. We were on the power play and I stopped the puck. With no pressure, I thought I’d move the puck to my defenseman with my glove to keep the play going. In going to move the puck I hit it in my own net.

The third goal was not a goal. The puck squeaked behind me, but died on the goal line, never fully crossing it. Two players from the other team immediately celebrated so the ref called it a goal. I argued it never crossed the line and even pointed to where it sat when he came to pick it up. He replied that there were players behind the net that indicated it went in. I replied that of course they’d celebrate trying to sell it since they were trailing.

On the fourth goal I got Kucheroved. The guy was coming down on a rush with a defender on him. I made a push to follow him across the net, in doing so opening my five-hole. At that moment he took his stick off the puck and let it sail in between my legs as I was moving to follow him.

In the end we won the game, had beer in the lockerroom and are excited about next week’s game.

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