Hans Skulstad spoke to the HP15s about the mental side of the game.
Wednesday, the last full day of camp, was another full day for the HP15s.
The teams practiced, went to dryland training and enjoyed the final set of rag ball games on a lovely summer day in Central Minnesota.
In particular, several teams worked on power plays during their final practices.
The teams attended a session called “Raising Your Game,” where they heard from Hans Skulstad of the Center for Sports and the Mind.
Skulstad talked about the mental side of the game, both on and off the ice, and offered tips on how to achieve what he calls a ‘high-performing mindset.’
Chief among these tips is encouraging the athletes to be aware of their perceptions of themselves. For example, Skulstad said that if you believe you are a natural or a bust you will likely act to fulfill that label either way.
Skulstad offered self-talk, or your inner dialogue to yourself, as a way to manage these perceptions and achieve higher.
Each individual player met with his coaching staff for an evaluation meeting, and the final round robin games set up the matchups for tomorrow’s final games.
Light Blue won its first game of the week in the opener on Wednesday afternoon. They came out of the gates hot to take a 2-0 lead just 4:26 into the game. However, White faced a 2-0 deficit last night as well, and like last night tied the game 2-2 by the intermission.
Light Blue took a 3-2 lead 3:28 into the second half, but White answered yet again to tie it 3-3 with 16:51 to play. Light Blue took the lead for good on a power-play goal with 7:18 remaining, and padded its lead with 3:44 to play making it 5-3. Light Blue held a 29-24 advantage in shots on goal.
Team Light Blue attack the net in the first half of their game against Team White.
In a battle of previously unbeaten teams, Royal and Green tied 2-2 to maintain their undefeated statuses. It sets the stage for a rematch tomorrow in the championship game.
Team Green jumped out to a 1-0 lead with 16:26 to go in the first half, but Royal Blue tied the game at 1-1 with just over seven minutes to play in the half. Royal took the lead 2-1 with 3:16 to go on a net-mouth scramble, and carried that lead into the intermission. Royal led 14-10 in shots on goal.
Team Green scored the only goal of the second half with 5:38 remaining to secure a tie. Royal Blue outshot Green 25-24 in the contest. There were 12 penalties called in the game, including nine in the second half.
Team Green attacks on a power play in the second half against Team Royal Blue.
Team Red picked up its second win of the week with four straight goals against Team Gold. Gold led 1-0 after just 63 seconds, Red struck on a wraparound goal at 7:40 to tie the score. Two goals in quick succession, at 11:38 and 12:17, gave Red a 3-1 lead heading into the break.
In the second half, Red extended the lead to 4-1 with just under 10 minutes to play. Gold got one goal back on a power play with 45 seconds remaining to complete the scoring. Gold carried a 29-27 advantage in shots on goal.
Teams Red and Gold battle for the puck in the neutral zone.
Green 4-0-1 (9 points)
Royal Blue 3-0-2 (8 points)
Red 2-2-1 (5 points)
Gold 1-3-1 (3 points)
White 0-2-3 (3 points)
Light Blue 1-4-0 (2 points)