Reno Pond Hockey ended the 2021 Summer season 9-3-0. They went on a 9 game losing streak to end the season. Going into last season we didn’t know how good we were or how good anyone else was. It definitely was not the outcome we were hoping for but, but moving forward we knew what to do.
The goal for the 2021 fall season was to just improve as a team. We didn’t have a lot of time to do that. Our last game of the 2021 summer season was on August 15. Our first game of the 2021 fall season was on September 14. We had about a month to get everything in order. The biggest curve ball we got in the off season was that our goalie #33 Tim Lauder wouldn’t be able to return. I miss playing with him. He’s a great guy.
#20 Rob Bendall, #96 Scott Johnson, #69 Chad Payne, and #14 Megan Diaz also left Reno Pond Hockey in the off season.
#13 Kevin Lee went from being a sub to being on the roster full time. #81 Angel Salinas, and Joshua Schaap moved to being subs.
Reno Pond Hockey only added two players to the roster. #35 Clint McCoy, and #8 Marty Harsin. #35 Clint McCoy came in to fill the hole in the roster left by #33 Tim Lauder. Clint is easily our best addition all off season. Sorry Marty.
We didn’t have a preseason. There wasn’t enough time in the off season to set anything up.
Reno Pond Hockey started the season out against Blue Moon. The game ended in a 6-4 loss continuing the losing steak to 10 games. Reno Pond Hockey would finally break their losing streak in game 2. They would beat Q&D Construction 10-4. In game 3 Reno Pond Hockey face off with the Desert Dogs. Reno Pond Hockey lost by one goal to the Desert Dogs in the summer season which kicked off Reno Pond Hockeys 10 game losing streak. It was also the game where Dominic Hyer was suspended. Reno Pond Hockey managed to get their revenge by beating the Desert Dogs 4-3. One of the most memorable parts of this game was when I overheard a player on the Desert Dogs say that we are good enough to be beating them while we had the lead. Game 4 was a matchup with Cruz Construction. We lost that one 4-9. Then we played our rivals the Slappy Gilmores for game 5. We were able to hold them off for a 5-4 shootout win.
Half way through the season Reno Pond Hockey was 3-2. For game 6 we played the Tahoe Dawgs. We lost that game 1-5. For game 7 we played the Murder Hornets. We lost that game 3-5. We played Hyundai N-Line for game 8. Hyundai N-Line was in second place at that time. The only team they had lost to up to that point was Cruz Construction who was in first place. Reno Pond Hockey managed possibly the upset of the season by getting a 5-4 win. We would follow that up with a 5-4 win in game 9 against 4 Seasons. Unfortunately that was our last win of the season. We lost 2-4 in game 10 to Remo Sriracha. We lost in our final game of the regular season 2-10 to the Tahoe Storm. Reno Pond Hockey finished the season 5-6-0. We did clinch the playoffs and played our hearts out in that game only to lose 2-3 to the Murder Hornets.
We had a great season. a few hick-ups here and there but still a great season. We accomplished what we set out to do. We improved as a team. Thats all we asked for, and that its what we are looking to do moving forward. As we improve the wins will come. Our focus at this point is not winning or making the playoffs. Our focus is on making the play. Making sure we do the right thing and improve. As we did that this season we won games. Making the playoffs (even though we lost) was just a bonus. This squad has a lot of potential moving forward. I am proud of what we have accomplished so far this season and am looking forward to what we will accomplish in the future.
The Reno Ice Adult League will start next season in march. That’s a long off season. I am hoping we will be able to schedule a few preseason games before then. I’d like to do an outdoor game. I don’t know how that would happen yet though. I am fairly confident that we will be able to keep this group of guys together moving forward. In the mean time the Sierra Inline Hockey League is starting up and we will be putting a team together for that. As we look to the future the future is bright.