Attending a girl-hockey game!
The Hockey match in Orillia
The match we wateched was part of the 2009 OFSAA Girls' Hockey tournament. The teams played for the third place in this tournament. The first team was the Holy Names HS from Windsor. Their team name was KNIGHTS. The second one was Paul Dwyer CHS from Oshawa. Their name was SAINTS. The Canadian audience was very enthousiastic to support their favourite team, people cheered the players with slogans or litlle songs. Three of them had even written the initial of their favourite team on their tomy !
Before the real match, the two teams tried the skating rink and warmed up. They sent the puck as strong as they could in their own goal.
Then the match began. During the first interval, the Paul Dwyer team managed to score a point. The players didn't play very long because it is very tiring so they often exchanged parts with the other players who were waiting to play.
During the second interval, the other team scored as well. One of the girls of the Holly Names team fell down on the ice and crashed her knee so she could not play anymore but she stayed with her team and supported it. The match was almost finished and none of the two teams had managed to score another point. The audience was very tense but people cheered even more. One minute before the end, the Holly Names finally succeeded in scoring an ultimate goal.
At the end of the match, the team which lost received a friendly handshake from the girls of the opposite team. The winners put their equipement off whereas the others kept it until the end of the prizegiving. A camerawoman interviewed the captain of the winner team.
This hockey match was a nice experience for all of us, it was funny because their was a good atmosphere. Nevertheless, we won't go to see a hockey game every day. =)
A player may not skate into the offensive zone ahead of the puck. If that happens, a whistle is blown, and a face-off is held just outside the zone where the breach-offside- occurred. What matters in an offside is the position of the skates: Both skates must be all the way over the blue line for a player to be potentially off-side. The location of the stick does not matter. Offside is also called if a player does what is called a two-line pass.
Offside is called to keep players from hanging around the red line at center ice, or all the way down in their offensive zone, and waiting for a pass that will give them a breakaway (skating toward the goal with no defenders around except for the goalie) and an easy chance to score.
Icing is called when a player behind the red line in his end of the rink shoots a puck past the goal line in his offensive zone when both teams are playing at even strength. The game is stopped when an opponent other than the goalie touches the puck. Icing is considered an infraction because it can be used by teams to take away legitimate scoring chances from skaters on the offensive.
An offside pass is also called a two-line pass. A defenseman with the puck in front of his own net, for example, cannot snap it to a teammate beyond the red line at center ice because it would have to go over two lines, first the blue and then the red, to get there. For that play to work, the player at center ice would have to skate inside the red line, closer to his own net, to receive the pass. See also Offsides.
Using a stick, arm, or leg to cause an opponent to trip or fall. No matter how you trip your opponent- with your stick, knee, foot, arm, or hand-it still adds up to tripping.
If a player impedes the progress of another by "hooking" him with his stick and keeping him from making a play, then he is called for hooking. Generally that happens when a skater has scooted by the person in charge of guarding him, and the defenseman has no other recourse but to hold the player up by "hooking" him with his stick. Not only does that break up a play illegally, but it can also injure a player, especially if the stick used in the hooking comes up high and hits the opposing player in his face. Hooking is also known as water skiing - which gives you a good idea of what is involved.
If a player picks their stick up off of the ice and holds it in two hands to check an opponent (using the shaft of the stick), they may be called for cross checking.
Using your hands on an opponent or the opponent's equipment to impede their progress is not permitted. Holding can prevent a player from being able to exhibit their full range of talent...and can reduce their ability to score a goal.
The officials whistle for this infraction when a player hits an opponent who is not aware of the impending contact and therefore cannot defend himself from behind. It is a very dangerous infraction that can lead to serious injury to the person who has been hit. It may even lead to a major penalty being given.
This penalty occurs when a player takes more than three strides before deliberately checking an opponent. A minor or major penalty may be imposed upon a person who skates or jumps into, or charges, an opponent in any way. Whether its determined to be a major or minor penalty depends upon the seriousness of the infraction; the more dangerous the hit, the more likely it will be a major.
Any contact made by a stick on an opponent above the shoulders is not allowed, and a minor penalty will be assessed. This rule is supposed to protect the players from being hit in the face, eyes, or head. Also, players cannot bat the puck above the normal height of the shoulders; play is stopped if that happens. In addition, any apparent goal scored as a result of a player striking the puck with his stick above his shoulder is not allowed.