All-Metro Ice Hockey Player Of The Year: Marquette's Weatherford Had A Playoff Run To Remember ?Lundqvist Approached Surgery With Same Focus He Does Hockey ?2021 All-Metro Ice Hockey Second Team

Posted by Hatcher Kay on April 23rd, 2021

That is when Weatherford transformed right into a forest green and navy wall in leading the Mustangs to the Challenge Cup final. Marquette's Isaac Weatherford (61) celebrates following a shutout in a hockey game in the task Cup semifinals on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Mo. Paul Halfacre, STLhighschoolsports.Com Paul Halfacre Weatherford went 5-2-1 in the postseason with five shutouts. He allowed just five goals on 212 shots and had a .976 save percentage. Weatherford is the Post-Dispatch All-Metro ice hockey player of the year. ?During the playoffs, I just kept on doing the same thing,? Weatherford said. ?I was little superstitious throughout it, so I just kind of did a similar thing, same routine each day.? That included a regimen of sleep, shower and getting to the rink two hours before game time. In addition, it included an end at Red Lobster for a pregame meal of coconut shrimp. ?I don't ever talk to goalies before the game, but I'll sneak a peek occasionally in warmups or when he gets a drink of water,? Tockman said. ?It appeared as if it was yet another game, enjoy it was just practice almost. It was pretty incredible.? Weatherford?s dominance started with a 1-0 make an impression on top-seeded De Smet, in what was a must-win game for the Mustangs after dropping their first game of the Challenge Cup preliminary round robin. The Spartans peppered Weatherford with 33 shots, but he stopped all of them, keeping Marquette afloat until Tyler Sillanpaa scored in the third period to break the scoreless tie. Capitals Lundqvist approached surgery with same focus he does hockey Veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was supposed to be a substantial presence for the Capitals between your pipes in 2021, but just before the season, all that changed. Lundqvist found out he would need to undergo open heart surgery by the end of 2020, and his availability for the current NHL season was no more. He and his family were thrilled to be going to Washington, but his career needed to be placed on hold as life got in the way. As Lundqvist's recovery is rolling out over the ensuing months, he's got used his experience on the ice to greatly help prepare him for his journey. "I was very calm," Lundqvist told NHL Network in an exclusive interview airing this week. "I believe being an athlete and being used to focusing on things, I believe that really helped me." For the former Vezina Trophy winner, not getting too far ahead of himself is a key throughout what is a trying period for himself and his family. "The initial week it was a battle, couple setbacks, but then things started to improve a lot," Lundqvist said. "I think the main element was mostly, I make an effort to stay in the moment. Similar to when you play the overall game. Don't look too much. 'Okay, this is what we need to do now,' stay in that, and simply take it step by step, each day, just like it was a new period. And that means you don't look too far...That game mentality, almost." There were plenty of emotional moments along the way for Lundqvist. And there are surely more ahead as his recovery continues and he gets closer to a potential go back to the ice. But while in the hospital, he made sure to truly have a familiar mindset. "Those two weeks in the hospital, it had been game time," he continued. "It felt like, 'okay, we're finished with this series' when I left the hospital. To the next one." For as much as he relied on his competitive spirit and prime time experience to get through the surgery, Lundqvist makes clear his biggest priority through everything. "You refocus," he explained. "A month earlier, it was all about preparing for the season. And now it's, I'm just happy to hug [my family]." A 5-foot-11 defenseman, Biondo led a Spartans blue line that allowed just 1.83 goals a game. Biondo had an offensive touch with 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) and had a penchant for the dramatic, scoring with 24 seconds left to force a mini-game in the Challenge Cup semifinals. 토토커뮤니티

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