The regular season wrapped up last night with both a Tigers game and an Ordinals game.
For the Tigers, it was a disappointing end to the season with a 4-0 loss to the Sled Dogs. We played a much better game than the score indicates, so it is sad that we were shut out in the final game. This was also my last D8 game for a while. With the new rules at the rink, designed to help D8 be a more developmental environment, it doesn’t look like there will be space for me on an NYCGHA D8 team since we can only have 2 D7 players on each team. This is okay because there’s still plenty of hockey for the summer between the Chelsea Challenge, the NYCGHA Thursday night ice, the Bluestreak training and, of course, the Ordinals will be back.
The Ordinals had a much stronger finish, beating the Wild Turkeys 6-4. We had only 10 players, but we owned the game pretty much start to finish as we scored the first goal and kept the lead the whole way. It was the best played Ordinals game of the season with a good positional and passing game and, best of all, we kept our energy strong and consistent for the whole game. I’m hoping we can bring the same, or better, game to the Flyers in two weeks when we meet them in the first round of playoffs.
The Ordinals had a good season overall. It was our second best regular season ever with a record of 8-9 (the only better one was 9-7-1 in Spring 2005). Roman also posted a new Ordinals record for most points in a season with 27, beating his previous tie with Andrew with 24 points last season.
Now I’m working on getting the team together for spring. We’re loosing at least four (Roman, Joe and David are off to a higher division and Jonathan is going to the Wizards), so the recruitment drive begins!