Goaltending Help: Mental Toughness
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03-24-2009, 12:35 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: North Shore, MA
IMO the main reason for nervousness is you don't know what to expect (and you probably fear the worst possible outcome). Best way to conquer nervousness is to be as well prepared for the game as you can be. Were you able to scout your opponent before the game? Did they run a special play in the last few minutes that you hadn't seen before? As a goalie do you have an end of game strategy that's different from your play in the other 55 minutes? Does the rest of the team know how to protect a lead in the final minutes? And if there was a plan how well did the rest of the team execute it? The more questions you can answer the better prepared you'll be for the next time you're in this situation.
From your post I can't tell whether you let in 2 soft goals at the end of the game or if you're just blaming yourself (unfairly) for the loss. Anyway, congrats for making it to the playoffs. Believe in yourself enough to tell a team mate to soak his head if he blames the loss on you.
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