I talked about routines and how important they are I had off from work on this day, so I had plenty of time to go through my routine. In fact, I got to the rink an hour before game time. I got there and the ice was ready. It looked great. I took my time getting ready, and hit the ice. I focused on just putting the puck in the right spot and shooting correctly.
The game started, and I felt awful out there. I had no jump to my game, no energy. I would skate my hardest down the ice, and I was still getting passed by players I felt were slow. I would try and stop, try and do a quick turn, but nothing. I'd get passes, and couldn't do anything with the puck. I felt so slow out there, and I wasn't the only one.
I'm still learning a lot about the Piranhas, and what we do when we're successful. I know one thing I do well is fore check hard, and force the defense men to make a long pass. This spreads out the play. It does not work well with the Piranhas. We end up giving odd man rushes. I may need to learn to play more conservatively with them.
I felt there were a lot of mistakes on my part. I dropped a lot of passes, and missed a lot of players I should have covered. Lots of work to do, starting with no more long layoffs.