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Monday, October 22, 2007

The first weekend

I want to first start off by saying how honored I am to be writing this blog as the Mudbugs Newest Captain. I have decided to do something a little different this year with the "Captain's Blog," I have decided that it is going to be the captain, and two assistants' blog. I feel that it would be nice for the fans to gain a few different perspectives about the games.

Friday Night:
The room was full of energy. It has been a long time coming for the 20 players training all summer, looking forward to this first game. When you first step on to the ice, all of the butterflies and nerves dissipate as soon as that first puck drops. Then it all comes back to you, why you are here....For the Love of the Game.

I felt that we came out pretty strong. As the first period went on, I felt that we loosened up a little more and all the butterflies were going away. We stuck to our game plan, which was to get the puck deep, and initiate contact with their defense men. One of our strongest attributes is our cycle, which creates a lot of scoring opportunities. I felt that we had a lot of chances that we did not finish. Sometimes that comes with new combinations of lines. I felt our defense men had a strong first period, especially when we were short 2 defense men. Our defense mens first passes were always on the tape and very strong. I felt that we were all coming out together as a unit, which contributed to our offensive chances. Our goal tending was steady. JD made some big saves early. One strength of JD's is his size, which helps him to have good positioning in the net. The first Mississippi goal was scored on the power play. It was scored from a pass coming from behind the net, which then went to the side of the net and was tipped in by one of the Mississippi players. It was a goal that 99 out of 100 times, JD would stop. The second goal was a breakdown in the defensive zone. Again, scored by a Mississippi player going around the net and throwing it out into the slot, hitting their own player and squeaking by JD. The best thing about these goals are that the problems that led to them are fixable. Our defensive game is always one of the best in the league, and we know that is something that we need to work on everyday in practice.

Until next time....peace, love and chicken grease.