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The Oxford Midnight Stars (UK) Compete in First Match of Season

So this month brought with it our first match of the season, which came with some nerves. It took the first period to settle down but once we did that, it all came back to us very quickly what we already know and love about hockey. We were playing Invicta at home which is always a bonus as they are 4th in the league at the moment and are always a tough side to play against.  They opened the scoring first and we just couldn’t get the puck in the net and that was the way it was going to stay. The second period saw lots of penalties both for and against us. We played well especially when we were down to 3, which changed the tempo of the game and saw us fight back but unable to score. This allowed us to see our strengths and weakness and we were able to take what we learned into the next training session. 

In training we focused on drills that involved passing and keeping our heads up. We also covered cycling drills and this benefitted us in the game we faced against Solent and Gosport. We expected Solent to be physical as in seasons passed we learned to expect this of them. We had a brilliant start and took the lead early in the first period. We settled well into the game and the lines really worked well together. We had a lead going into the second period but we suffered as we had an ice cut that wasn’t expected.  We tried to keep warm as best we could. Solent came out, guns blazing and managed to level off the scoring.

Then one of our team mates was fouled resulting in a penalty shot, i had never seen a penalty shot awarded throughout my whole hockey career.  To top it off we took the lead once again and the momentum switched in our favour.  However, this wasn’t to be and tired legs gave way to Solent breaking out several times with the final score being 10-5 to Solent. We worked well and i was pleased with the outcome getting my fist goal of the season and an assist.  We will head into another training session then we face Bracknell away.


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