The Devil’s team somewhat oddly began two separate playoff series for two different regional and provincial championships this weekend. Both series will be determined by the first team to reach four points with victories counting for two points and ties counting for one. As such, there are pretty slim margins of error between continuing on to the next/final series and having the hockey season end altogether. Par for the course this year, the girls played two very close matches, but fell 2-1 and 2-0 (with the second goal finding an empty net) in each; thereby putting them behind the eight ball in the next game of both series. Both games could have just as easily gone the other way. Just the incentive they need to come back and win game two in each. I have every confidence they will because we, the spectators/parents, need more heart-stopping action. While many would claim to be “hockeyed-out”, none can truly say they want to see it end.
Similarly the Boy is finally in a playoff series again, after a bye-induced, three-week layoff. He decided to play after spending the past few days nursing flu and then cold symptoms that kept him from one day of school. Nothing a couple of Tylenol and a Sudafed couldn’t cure long enough for him to play. Game one, which I missed in attending the Devil’s game this aft, was apparently a poorly refereed affair that saw our boys on the wrong end of a 3-1 score, with an empty-netter of its own and a couple of ejections, including a frustrated coach at the end. But this is a six-point series, with game two as soon as tomorrow night, back on home ice, which should see the boys come back with a vengeance.
Suffice it to say, we have an exciting week and hopefully a few with several important games ahead.