day 3130: scenes from the altoona hockey tournament!
odin’s team played 3 games in altoona, wisconsin this weekend. they had a great time bonding by the pool at the hotel and playing against some great area teams on the ice.
odin’s team is still quite young with many 7 and young 8 year olds on their “squirt b” so they will often struggle against more seasoned squirt teams with 9 and 10 year olds, though they always have a great time playing even when they lose. every game you can see them get better and better and i have no doubt that after a season of learning how to play together as a team they’ll be quite competitive.
this time they lost two close games and tied the third.
somehow i forgot my camera in the hotel for the first two games so i was only able to shoot the third. bad! bad! bad!
here the team is getting ready for the game with a little cheer by the net. odin is number 64 with the red mouth guard.
odin didn’t get a chance to practice his new goalie skills and instead played defenceman which is his “comfortable” position and means he spends a lot of time keeping the puck out of the defense zone and playing it up to the offense.
more chasing the puck down…
pausing momentarily to watch the puck after he hit it back up the boards out of the defense zone to one of the offensive players on his team…
and if odin does his “job”, then one of the offense can drive the puck down the ice and score a goal! which they did
another great drive to the goal by viroqua which led to a shot on goal…
and yet another great drive to the goal by viroqua which led to a goal…
and again! another drive by viroqua with a shot on goal. hard to believe it ended up tied 2-2! a great game by both teams.
the team was in great spirits despite the two losses. and after 3 games in 2 days and late nights by the hotel pool it was finally time to drive home and take a nap