it’s become a tradition to spend new year’s day at a hockey tournament where teams are made up of players from around the region. it’s a great way for the kids to get to know other players and a perfect way to spend the first day of the new year. this year the pee wee tournament is hosted in black river falls which is about an hour away from our hometown.
odin’s team won the first game of the tournament, 2-4. a great start to 2016!
watching teams in between games about to dig into tourney fundraiser grilled steak and potatoes which we’ve learned is way better than you might expect to find in a hockey arena.
aaaand odin’s team won second game, 3-5! they’re leading tourney in wins & points. just one more game! 52 shots on goal!
whooooo! odin’s team swept the tourney send won their third game! 1-5. i’m going to guess their will be some tired kids after 3 hours of hockey.
i spy odin spying me.
no trophy, no awards – nothing but the the satisfaction of knowing they won the tournament. great job, team!
we’ll definitely be back next year.
after the games, with the crowds clearing out, odin finds a seat to watch the winter classic.
i was manning the penalty box with a great view of a tough game against black river falls. odin’s team lost 2-8 and hopefully learned a lesson about not playing as a team against a formidable opponent.
after making the cut to move up to the squirts and a a few practices running plays odin and his new teammates played their first game today against black river falls.
and whooboy, what a game! viroqua played well through the first two periods and maintained a commanding 4-1 lead. they looked awesome for their first game!
odin struggled a little in the beginning to remember exactly where he needed to be on the ice, but he caught on quickly and made several great defensive plays ( here he’s in blue swatting the puck away from the net after a face-off ).
as viroqua got tired in the third period, black river falls scored three goals and with literally seconds left in regular play scored a fourth goal to tie the game and sent the game into over time! it was all almost too exciting ( i totally lose cred as an amateur sports photographer by missing the game tying shot )!
after several heart stopping moments, where it looked liked black river falls was going to win in overtime, virouqa held on with excellent ( albeit somewhat tired ) defense and the game ended a tie.
it was a great game played by both teams. i can’t wait to see how odin’s team progresses through the season. although hopefully not all the games are this exciting!
whoooweee. odin’s team played a game against black river falls. and the black river falls travelling team is their “A” team ( i.e. their best players ). so, we anticipated a “blow out”, especially since it was odin’s teams’ first time playing on “full ice”. they normally play games on half the ice. playing on the whole rink means they have to skate twice as much. against a better team.
all things considered, it was a great game. they hung in really well for the first period before the gas starting running out
odin played defenceman for the whole game ( he’s number 5 in the lower left of this picture ) and did a great job attempting to keep the puck out of his area of the ice.
in the end, viroqua lost to the better team, 7-1, but i think they were all in relatively good spirits and learned a lot about the importance of playing as a team when facing a formidable rival.