Tonight was the first game of the playoffs for Mason’s hockey team. After an up and down season they took the 4th seed in a 16 team league and tonight’s game was a tough one. After three periods it ended at 2-2 with Mason’s team going into overtime on a 5 on 3 penalty kill. After a scoreless 5 minute overtime it came down to a best of three shoot out. Mason’s coach chose to shoot second and then pulled Mason to the side and told him “I chose to shoot second because you are going to win this game for us.” And what do you know, Mason went out and saved the first shot, our shooter went down and had an amazing deke and a goal. Mason then made a phenomenal (lucky) save with the butt end of his stick. Our next shooter put on a great deke but lost the puck. Then came their third shooter and Mason stood strong. I hate to leave things to sports, but I was so proud of how he stood up to this test of pressure. Below is a video clip, filmed by another dad, of the last shot. What is perhaps even more heart warming is that the team you see watching and cheering after the save is the other team from our Kirkwood club that we will face tomorrow in the second round.