Loose pucks is a quick roundup of things that are going on, and crossed our desks.
It’s been a crazy month around the Hockey Dawg offices. The Olympics in South Korea. Professional, college and high school playoff pictures coming into focus. The nasty flu, which is ever-present in the news, hit our room. A little travel. And some major changes in the backend of the site. All of this in a short month! phew. Not to mention a storm that knocked us off-line!
In what is arguably the highlight of the 2018 winter games in South Korea, Team USA edged Team Canada in the Gold Medal game. Regulation ended with the teams knotted at 2 goals apiece. The 20-minute, 4-on-4, sudden death overtime period also ended 2-2. On to the shootout! While many feel a game of this magnitude shouldn’t end in a shootout, those are the rules in place for these games. But as shootouts go, this one didn’t disappoint. Great moves and great saves from both sides, and you could feel the intensity. Jocelyne Lamoureaux-Davidson put together five or six great moves, before sliding the puck past Canada’s goalie, Shannon Szabados. USA Goalie, Maddie Rooney, held-on denying Canada’s final shooter, securing Gold for Team USA.
In a related note, Boomer recorded the game because it started so late. He woke up early to watch it, before he accidentally heard the result. He watched the three periods, then the overtime. He paused it before the shootout to make a fresh pot of coffee. With a fresh cup, he settled in for the dramatic finish. He hit play on his DVR. As the commercials ended, so did the recording. The game had extended past the set recording time. With no replay available, he had to watch the shootout on Twitter and You Tube. NBC has the entire shootout here. It is worth watching the full shootout.
By now, most states have released their high school tournament brackets. Some states have already wrapped up and crowned their 2018 champions. To find your state’s tournament activity, check out our high school page.
In a related note, ESPN reported that Stoneman Douglas High School (Florida) won their state’s hockey championship. Congratulations to them. Check out ESPN’s clip here.
Without going into the gory details, flu made its way through the offices. It has set us behind a bit, but we’ll battle back. We are all on the mend now.
We took our first road trip for Hockey Dawg, with an emphasis on reporting rather than playing/coaching. That story is coming soon.
This one is unrelated to the flu! We made some changes to our site, in order to better serve you. It’s been in the works for a while, but we finally pulled the trigger. That created some problems we hadn’t anticipated. Some stuff became unpublished. Some reverted back to previous editions, losing edits. Some of our stuff was just… lost. Gone.
Stuff happens. In our case lots of stuff happened. All at once. But we’ll adjust. Who is better equipped to adjust on the fly than hockey coaches? Despite the short-term setbacks, it was still a good decision for the long run. In fact, it was because of the setbacks that we realized how valuable our new partner has already become.
We’ll talk more about that in a coming post. We have lots of things simmering. And lots of things reheating. We’re excited. We hope you are too! Check back often, or sign up. We’ll send no more than one email a week. Each email will highlight what’s going on in the hockey world.