After the ups and downs of the last couple weeks, it was great to put together a four point weekend against two decent teams. On Saturday we faced Streatham and even though we won the game, we actually started three goals down during the first period. I didn’t really doubt the fact that we would come back, I just didn’t like that fact we seem to be giving up early goals every game this year. It didn’t take long for us to get going and once we did, we played some great hockey.
On Sunday we had another home game and this time it was against league leading Chelmsford, even though this game was a Southeast Trophy game, we want to challenge for this trophy as well. We won it last year and it was a great feeling beating the other top three teams in the league to do so. We once again went down three goals early in the first period, but our team didn’t give up and we kept forcing the puck into their end and throwing lots of shots on target. I don’t think our team shoots enough, but we did on Sunday and it showed. We came back from three goals down to win 5-3.
We have had a number of players step up over the course of the last couple weeks and it’s nice to see players like Corey Watkins and Kieran Annis playing well. We have been playing three line hockey like we always do for the most part and we now have three lines chipping in with goals and contributing all over the ice. As a coach I know it’s vital to have three lines playing well in order to stay in contention around the top of the league. I am really hoping this weekend shows what our team is capable of, when we work hard good things happen and it showed.
This weekend is by far the biggest of the season, Invicta travel to the Island on Saturday night in a league clash for first place and I really hope we can pack our rink out for this game. I know it was tough having two home games this past weekend, but for the committed fans that made it out on behalf of the club we thank you for your support.
One more thing to add…
I would like to thank Nial Bound for his services to the club over the last 5 seasons. Nial has been a major part of our success and I know I will really miss having him around the locker room and out on the ice. Nial is a quiet guy, but one of the best guys I have played with in the locker room and always quick with the jokes. On the ice he has developed into a solid top four defenceman and someone I would trust on the ice in any situation.
All the best to you and Hannah on your travels and remember you are welcome back any time.