Arabian Knights 5, Road Runners 3

It’s been four months since I last played hockey, and my back still isn’t completely pain free.  I got the go ahead from my wrist surgeon to play hockey two months ago, but I have been waiting for my back to heal ever since.  Not wanting to risk an injury that would put my Peru trip at risk, I decided to wait until after my trip before I returned to the ice.

I had already missed about two-thirds of the season, so I also figured that I better get accustomed to my new Arabian Knights teammates before the playoffs started.  It was either going to be now or never.  I was definitely rusty and out of shape, plus using a new hockey stick didn’t help either.  Furthermore, I was being really careful not to push myself too hard for fear of seriously injuring myself.

OK, enough with the excuses. I actually didn’t do too bad; and I even scored a goal. I broke a 1-1 tie with 7:46 to go in the second period. I was able to pounce on a rebound and knock the puck into the net with a backhand shot. Boy, did that feel good! We kept the lead the rest of the way, and we won the game 5-3. I finished the game with the one goal on three shots and a -1. Not bad at all after a 4 month hiatus.

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