Some Games Just Kick Ass
Or, at least my big toes no longer hurt.
I'd had my new skates for over a month, having secured the last pair of Vapor XXX's in a 5.5 in the entire world, it seemed. But I hadn't had time to get them baked and sharpened until last week when I spent 2 fucking hours sitting at Power Play to do this.
So they were ready and I just threw them on for my R4 game yesterday. Holy fuck they did not feel right. But I didn't bring my other, now old skates so I was stuck with the ow-ness.
First shift out, I couldn't do much except say OW OW OW and watch as we got scored on. After the goal, I said to Mary the goalie, "I'm really feeling my new skates here," to which she replied, "yeah, me too."
So we were down 0-2, against a team that I'm pretty sure had yet to beat us all season (R4 statisticians, do you concur?). They started to get a little cocky, I could feel it.
But that only lasted about a second, until Viv scored a super-ass pretty goal and changed our momentum. My feet still hurt, but my excellent D pair told me to think about my left hand, just to think about something other than my aching feet.
At one point, the puck squirted loose so I stepped up and took a shot, which went the teeniest bit wide. Jackie was RIGHT THERE at the EXACT RIGHT PLACE and tipped it in, just like we all practice in warmups.
That was assist #1 for moi. Woo, I thought, a point! Later, I had the puck just outside of our zone, so I held it because not one, but two people from the other team came to challenge me in the neutral zone (hi, you're ON THE WRONG SIDE NOW, but thanks heaps for doing that because..) leaving 1 extra member of our team open to receive a seriously excellent pass from me that went on to be a really really pretty goal.
That was assist #2 for moi. Holy shit, I've had a very small number of multiple point games in my life. Imagine my great surprise when later, I had another assist, making my total 3. Me! A 3 point game!
We won 10-2. My feet were killing me but as Karolyn wisely pointed out, my new skates, they were great for our team.
I have picked some really fun teams over the years, but R4 has been The Best Ever. I will miss this team so ridiculously much. Thanks for a fantastic comeback season, y'all!