I mused amusingly upon Panda’s fate before today’s game. I hoped aloud that someone found Panda and is taking him on a world tour, capturing pictures along the way, filling a most exciting Instagram stream with their adventures.
“And then at the end they burn him,” volunteered Jilly. I was horrified.
“Like a funeral pyre,” said Felicia. I was sold.
We may never know what happened to Panda, but I sure as hell hope to find him all over the internet one day.
Played my last game with this team tonight. A bunch of us retaped our sticks and it led to goals. Because fresh tape is the secret to goals. I taped a goal and an assist into mine.
I’m finally playing enough to move my feet, and it resulted in a much better game than usual. Too bad I’m about to take a week off from all things sprinty.
Final score: 3-2. It felt great to finish with a win.
Something of a quarterfinal matchup against the number two seed, who unfortunately (for them) had only 6 players show. We had a very comfortable 11, and wore the other team down over the course of the game. Played D with Nora, which worked out super awesome. Final score: 6-3.
Unfortunately for me, I have to miss our semifinal matchup next week. I’ll return in two weeks to play either for exercise, or for the Stanley Keg.
Saturday, day 4 of hockey hockey hockey hockey. Super late night Olympic ice subbing. Scored and scored and scored and scored and no OT! Thank goodness, because it was 1:30 AM by the time I got home. And half an hour later the clock hit 3 AM.
Final score: 5-1.
I had wondered what playing on different ice dimensions every game would be like. For the most part, it doesn’t matter. The biggest difference is the passing, but as far as skating goes, I don’t really feel the difference. Frannie pointed out that the last Olympic ice I skated on was probably at altitude, which is why I thought it was giant. Turns out it’s not so bad!
Friday, day 3 of hockey hockey hockey hockey. Never Say No To Panda on NHL regulation sized Fremont ice. Played a fun close game and went into… overtime! Then lost it. Ahhh!! My post-regulation luck ran out.
No one seems to know where Panda is. He was last seen at Vallco the weekend I was in Colorado.
Thursday, day 2 of hockey hockey hockey hockey. Playoffs at larger than Vallco but still oddly shaped Ice Oasis. Pretty much the same as every other Thursday, except people got more mad at each other than usual. We built up an early lead, totally lost it, remained tied through overtime, and finally won in a shootout. Final score: 5-4.
The best part of the game was the shootout. It’s entertaining to see who jumps on and what they do. This is true of most unmanaged shootouts, but extra true on Thursday nights.
Wednesday, day 1 of hockey hockey hockey hockey. Subbed into a super fun forward line at teeny tiny Vallco. Lots of great plays… but didn’t manage to score until overtime. Bonus ice and excitement! Finished with a final second assist. Final score: 4-3.
Smashed my knee again. Laaaaame.
Wrecked for Thursday. Late night midweek games are rough.
Bonus weekend sub hockey! Got to play with B1 today. What a treat! Got to skate on a forward line with Anne for he first time in a year. WHAT A TREAT! Seriously, what have I done to deserve such good fortune? Finished with a goal and two assists, because that’s what happens when I get to skate with Anne. Magic.
Playing forward is FAST. It’s faster than Thursday night randomness, Panda D, and certainly faster than pond hockey. We rolled the lines quickly and even though I was winded it was so exhilarating to play with that kind of flow and pace. I guess it’s been a while since I’ve been on a line that clicked.