The summer hockey season ended last night for the Renegades, on a sour note. We finished the regular season in fourth place, which gave us a bye through the first round of the playoffs. We played a team called the Shootin' Blanks in the second round. We managed to win the first game of the best of three series in a close one. It went to overtime and then a shootout before we could claim victory. But then we lost the next two games, both by fairly lopsided scores. I don't know if we just ran out of gas, or were missing too many of our regular guys. Our opponent managed to bring out some of their top skilled players and it was just too much for us. Our season comes to an end and we now have to wait for about three weeks, until early September, for the winter season to get underway.
It seems that this is the season of the underdogs... at least in our Division 7. The four teams that finished in the top four spots in the regular season have now all been eliminated. The playoffs continue with the 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th places teams challenging for the championship.
I have mixed feelings about it. As much fun as it is to play hockey and go on an extended playoff run, it is also nice to get a bit of a break and catch up on some other stuff, before we start the whole process over again in three weeks.