passing time waiting for food by playing hangman. i couldn’t begin to tally how many rounds of the game we’ve played over the years. odin *almost* stumped us with “OJ”?! must have been glucose deprived.
i confess i always wish he’d get a penalty when I’m in the box to open and close the door for players. I love doing it because it offers a great view of the game. odin is number 74, skating by in the center of the photo.
his team easily beat wisconsin dells, 14-0, and are looking unstoppable. lots of passing got viroqua 38 shots on goal!
for 10 years, i’ve wanted to do a “365 project”. one photo a day, for 365 days. i didn’t plan on starting today but there’s no time like the present. we’ll see if I can keep this up.
odin and me in the tomah hockey arena. his team won the tournament. this is right before he started the 3rd game after we’d been at the arena for 7 hours.
one of life’s little pleasures in the driftless region – hanging out at the driftless cafe playing cribbage with kris and odin while waiting for local, organic dinner to be served. the lake louie ipa makes the impending defeat just a little easier.
the cafe is a special place and they have a kickstarter thing going to help fund their expansion. check it out and feel free to kick in a few bucks whether or not you live in the area
just one week after taking home the first place trophy in the 11th annual frozen tundra, odin’s hockey team was back on the road playing in the squirt tournament in altoona, wisconsin.
weirdly, for second year in a row, after driving 2 hours, we asked who remembered the hockey stick? d’oh – none of us! oh well, good thing there are other lefty players with loaner sticks.
the first game against baldwin, it was tough to watch odin’s team lose in last three minutes after having led entire game, 5-4. i think that perhaps they were just a little too confident after winning every game last week. a good character building game!
lesson learned, the team kicked into gear and handily beat amory, wisconsin 5-0. odin got an assist!
for the third and final game, the team handily beat altoona 4-0 and earned the second place trophy!
as in the previous tournament, the team is playing really well as a team. it’s so much fun to watch them come together as a cohesive unit.
below are just a few of scenes from the last day of the tournament:
in the above photo, austin nundahl connects with the puck and scores!
bo milutinovich scores under pressure from altoona players.
at the end of the tournament, the teams line up on the blue lines to receive their participation medals.
sweaty odin skates up to get his medal
after the medals were received, they got their second place trophy and foisted it up in the air. i was a little nervous they might drop it!
the odds of getting a newspaper friendly team trophy shot with all eyes open and looking towards the camera and no goofy faces? zero!
we safely transported the sweet second place trophy home and took it to the hockey arena to sit next to their first place trophy from last week. odin thought it was a good idea to buckle it up!
whoohoo, odin’s hockey team, the viroqua thunder “squirts” took home the first-place trophy in the 11th annual frozen tundra tournament in west salem, wisconsin.
the viroqua Squirts bested west salem 10-0, menominee 3-2 and la crescent 9-2 to make it to the championship game against black river falls. the thunder won that game 9-2. the team is playing very well as a team with lots of passing and scoring coming from a range of players. odin’s still loves playing defenceman and he’s doing a great job with his fellow defenceman, holding the puck at the blue line and sending in strong shots towards the goal. to assist the offense. he’s getting at least one assist a game and even scored a goal from the blue line!
the whole team is really fun to watch. i think it’s going to be a great season.
update: kris and i wrote up a story and contributed it and a photo to the local papers. we’ll probably try to do this more often. i’m taking photos anyway and it’s great publicity for the hockey program and i’m guessing the kids like to see their photos in the paper.
next time we’ll remember to have them take their helmets off.