The only downfall to my job, was not being able to see much of the first morning's games. The upside- when I was done a little before 2, I was done with being in that room- yay! The work? Never really ends.
This was my number one helper... she had "buffy" (Family Affair) pigtails in the day before and it was the cutest thing ever.
But now on to the action! As a pre-tournament warm up, the boys played a game Friday night against Minnetonka. Anyone who knows this area will tell you that our community has some big time rivalries with the teams around the Minneapolis area. We're sadly accustomed to losing more than our fair share of games to them. So our boys were a little intimated to play, wondering how their skills would match up.
Nolan got a stick to the neck in this one... ouch! He had a big red mark across his neck and he is lucky that is all he got.
But we needn't have worried. The boys rose to the occasion and beat Minnetonka 5-2. This proved to be a highlight that we couldn't have appreciated nearly as much until after the weekend was over.
Our next game was our first tournament game against Elk River, another big rivalry near the cities.
I missed this game and what a doozy of a game!
With the score tied two-two towards the end of the third period... well just watch the clip and see what Nolan wearing #25 does...
Untitled from Vicky Westra on Vimeo.
From a sliding on his knees position he gets the go ahead goal! One of the mom's came rushing into the office I was sitting in to tell me the good news. Yay for Rick's video later that night so I could see it. I have said this before, I cannot fathom the skill and raw athleticism it takes to play this sport. I am in awe of ALL of the kids, not just my own son. His goal is a great example of something every one of our kids on that team can do. So when I brag on him? Really I am bragging on all of them.
Unfortunately, Elk River went on to tie the game up and we headed into overtime. Just a minute or two into OT, Elk River scored in sudden death. Our boys came out off the ice crestfallen. Nolan said they all cried in the locker room because they knew that 5th place was the best they could attain.
Saturday night they hung on to beat a team from West Fargo, 3-2. We would play for consolation on Sunday. We played a Canadian team and after a few intense minutes, we figured out how to light them up. We won the game and the consolation bracket.
So remember I said that win against the Minnetonka team would grow in significance for us? Guess who who the Championship game? Minnetonka beat Elk River! And who was the only team to beat Minnetonka? We were.
Rumor has it Minnetonka agreed to a re-match. We'll be heading their way in a few weeks. We can't wait!