Friday, January 25, 2008

First of all, worst. hotel. ever. We're staying at the Extended Stay, quite off the strip, because a friend of Hayley's (the person who put the team together) got a deal there (nearly free for us). We were all three supposed to be staying here, but she ended up going to stay with someone else, so it's just Hayley and I. The beds are uncomfortable. Not quite as bad as the ones in Darwin where the springs would pop up when I rolled over, but nearly. Secondly, the heater blows hot, dry air into the room and by morning, I felt as if I'd been in a dehydrator. Thirdly, you can REALLY hear the people around us. I think there is a giant in the room above us who woke up around 6am to do calisthenics.

Now to the tournament. Our first game was at 9:15 this morning. Our team has come from all over the country and Canada so no one has played together as a full team, ever. And as it turns out, some of the women on our team actually hadn't played at ALL recently until this tournament. That said, we totally outplayed the first team and scored first. Unfortunately, they had three, quick unanswered goals in the second period that we never recovered from. Despite completely outskating them (other than those three horrible minutes), we lost 2-4.

On our way back to the hotel to shower and head to lunch, we saw the fire at the Monte Carlo hotel. It made traffic on the strip a giant pain in the ass. We had lunch at the Stratosphere then went back to the rink only to discover they were now running an hour behind and our game didn't start until after 5. The second team did outskate us, and despite the two goals that Hayley and I put on the board, we lost 2-6. We have one more game tomorrow, but that's it for us. We can't make it to the finals round with two losses. Hayley and I are actually looking forward to leaving a day early. While it's been fun for the two of us to hang out, the experience with this particular team has been a little less than gratifying.

Our last game isn't until 6pm tomorrow, so we're off to do some shopping and check out the Wynn, which we hear is pretty cool.


Blogger Diane said...

Considering the lack of practice as a team, sounds like things are going pretty well . . .

That fire was scary

9:40 PM  
Blogger dnetrunner said...

Glad you are in good company, since the accomodations weren't so good. Always helps to have someone to laugh it off with!

6:18 PM  

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