Like most people I know, it seemed, this weekend, I was enjoying rounding up the hockey season with play-offs. My daughter has been sitting on the sidelines for a while after losing their elimination rounds in the Provincial and Lower Lakes Girls Hockey divisions. My son, being a first year goalie, has enjoyed a little less intense hockey playing at house league level. I can tell you, though, it was no less exciting for the fans.
My son had the privilege of playing for a welcoming group of players and coaches at SU Sportz on Saturday afternoon at the Village arena. SU Sportz welcomes all comers. No skill level or player is turned away.
This did present a challenge for my son when for two minutes he had to block sleeper shots fro junior players and the next two minutes, he had to brace himself for wrist shots from the senior line.
This past Saturday, after an up and down season, his team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, played for the bronze medal, against the Detroit Red Wings. And, unlike their namesake, pulled off an outstanding win.
The teams were deadlocked at the end of three periods of play, despite some aggressive rushes on the goalie, Detroit failed to get the red light on.
Overtime, proved to be more of the same. The players were up and down the ice and neither team capitalized on their opportunities.
Then, a goalie’s parent’s worst nightmare—a shoot out. It was the fifth skater for Toronto who finally got the best of the Detroit net-minder. Toronto won 4 – 3.
Well, it is not quite the Stanley Cup. It is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And a great way to get your kids into a little bit of hockey.