Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hello there!

Wow! Lots has happened since my last post (one month ago). I went to Israel, women won their first game, and Pee Wees are gearing up for Cloquet. Small summary, because I don't feel like typing up everything :)

I headed to Israel at the end of December for what was sure to be an incredible trip! I landed in Tel Aviv, and my friend Or picked me up from the airport, and we headed to his place in Jerusalem for some food and to rest. That night was our friend Dan's birthday, so we ended up going out for that. This trip was meant to see friends, hang out, and most importantly... relax! New Year's Eve was spent with Joseph in Tel Aviv. We stayed at the Park Plaza, which was a beautiful hotel, and our room overlooked the ocean and the city. Could not have asked for a better view! We went out for the night, and saw this wonderful new little place called "The Breakfast". The music was fun, the people were great, and it was a perfect place to spend New Years.

Throughout the trip I had the chance to spend time with many of my old friends. We hung out in Jerusalem, and a few times in Tel Aviv. My cousin Samantha was in town during the same time, so we had the chance to get dinner and walk around the beautiful Old City of Jerusalem. Joseph was nice enough to let me stay at his place, as was Ram-el.

The trip was awesome! I wish I had the energy to be more descriptive but there we go :)

It was about time! The women had decided that they wanted to turn over a new leaf and start winning some games. Well, they did it! They got their first win! It was a really good game... the girls learned that to play a good game you need to play aggressively, play your position, and trust your team mates. I am so proud of the girls! I know that we will start getting some more wins under our belt.

Cloquet... gearing up!
We go to Cloquet at the end of the month. We have made changes to the Pee Wee lines and hopefully that wil guide us to the win in the tournament. We will be staying at Black Bear Resort and Casino, and also going to watch the UMD vs. Madison hockey game. After that we will be going to meet the players.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Team Updates

Lots has happened in the past couple weeks: Eden Prairie Pee Wee B2 tournament, women's games and practices, and scheduling my flight to Israel!

We entered the Eden Prairie tournament late in the game because they were short a team. We played our first game against the Eden Prairie Pee Wee's. We had beaten them 6-3 in a scrimmage earlier in the season, and I think the boys considered this game a cake-walk. Well, it was nothing of the sort! We lost 5-0, and the boys got a hard lesson in what happens when you're overconfident. EP kept a player up high, and he had numerous break-a-ways, some which resulted in a goal. We weren't able to put the puck in the net, and you could tell that EP's goalie was on his game (it turns out I had coached his brother a few years ago). Following the EP game, we thought we had lost our chances for the championship game (was a round robin tournament, 4 of 12 teams made it to championship day). We played Elk River and beat them 6-1, which was an unbelievable game for our boys. Only a few hours after that we took it to Stillwater and won 3-1. For us to make it to the championship day, Edina would have to beat Lakeville by 5 or more goals. Well, in our favor Edina won 6-1! Game #1 of championship play we played Edina (the team we had beat 3-1 earlier in the season). In an impressive showing by the team, we won 3-1 again and went to the championship game. Our boys were exhausted, and you could tell by their play against Highland. We lost 4-1, but had an unbelievable tournament overall.

The women are really stepping it up and playing like we want them to. They still don't have "W" under their belts, but we think it is soon to come. They have had one practice since my last post, and worked on defensive zone coverage, blocking shots, and had a little taste of "conditioning". I know how much they want a win, but I hope that they see how much they are improving and the scoreboard will soon reflect this.

I have scheduled my flight to Israel! I leave December 29 and come back on January 10. Spending New Year's Eve in Tel Aviv, and off to Jerusalem to see the old gang. I have heard some new places opened in Jerusalem that I am excited to check out. It will be great seeing old friends, having a shwarma, and drinking a Diet Coke on Joseph's balcony. What a blast!