We also talked with Alyssa about how huge a factor a hot goalie can be in a short series, and asked her if there was a way to combat that. She stated emphatically
"Well, I think we have the best goaltending in the league, both of our goalies. So I think one of them can definitely get on a hot streak and take us all the way. As far as an opposing goalie, I guess you’ve got to keep badgering them. Don’t let them get in your head, and just keep attacking them. Maybe fatigue them physically, and maybe even mentally. I don’t chirp goalies ever, but I’m sure if someone was a Brad Marchand type of player that could do that. But I don’t. Actually, unless it’s my own goalie in practice."“ Hearing that we asked about the preseason Zoom meeting, when the Pod were asked who had the best chirps on the team. They all said Alyssa! “I was actually really surprised, I was like: Whoa! she laughed, I guess I just don’t realize how much I don’t shut up in practice. Because it’s just normal for me, I don’t really like think about it. I don’t have a filter, so stuff just comes flying out of my mouth! But when I do chirp the goalies, it’s usually like a self-loathing chirp, where they’re always stopping me and I’m like: Ugghh! You’re always in the way, why are you always in the way? They are like: Well, it’s my job, so…” I like to say our goalies are just that good."
We also mentioned to Alyssa that we had enjoyed her recent video interview put out by the mothership. (https://twitter.com/ctwhale_nwhl/status/1371155414407086082?s=21) She remarked " I heard that one, I didn’t know it was going on social media, they just asked for them, I didn’t know where that was going. That’s run by Juliana (Nikac) and she was actually the Boston Pride social media person last year. So I know her, we both kind of came over to the Whale the same time. So she went to Boston University unfortunately, those stupid Terriers" she laughed (Alyssa showing her true Northeastern Huskies colors there) "But she‘s awesome, she’s really, really great at it. I don’t have social media (you can read about Alyssa's reasoning for that in her first interview) but my parents have Instagram, so the’re always sending me screen shots of stuff she’s posting. So yeah, she’s amazing and we’re lucky to have her, we’re very grateful"
in her video, Alyssa spoke of the Importance of kids being multi sport athletes. And in fact, when we interviewed her Dad, he mentioned basketball was her second favorite sport.. she added
"It actually still is now. I love playing golf with my Dad and my brother, but I don’t know, I always loved basketball. And I really wanted to try out for the high school team. The coach said: Well, if you miss a practice, you have to sit in the a game. And I said: Well, I’m going to miss at least one practice a week for hockey. So I didn’t even try out. I probably should have tried out anyway, and just let the coach make that decision. But I think nowadays kids specialize sooo early! And they just get burned out, and they get injured more often. They’re playing hockey year round and it’s just not healthy physically, it’s not healthy mentally. So I’m not a fan of it. When you’re young, just go run around and play every sport possible. Especially with hockey, you don’t want to be locked in an ice box year round, in the summer go play an outdoor sport. So I don’t think it’s the kids fault, the problem is the parents, The parents are trying to get their kid to the NHL or something.when really the percentage (of those who make it) is like 0.11 % I think."
She continued "I especially see it coaching young kids. Some kids come out to me and ask: Can I go home yet, when is this over? Holy cow! My parents had to drag me off the ice! I actually wish I had played more sports for longer when I was growing up. But it had nothing to do with my parents. They never forced me into anything. But I loved Hockey so much, it was all I wanted to do year round, So kind of on the opposite side. I wish my parents had forced me to play more sports. But playing golf in high school really helped, it just made me realize how much I loved hockey. If I was on the golf course and I wasn’t having a great round, I’d be like: ‘ Ahh, I wish I was playing hockey right now!" she laughed. We thought , that in golf you can’t get your frustrations out as easily as in hockey, to which Alyssa responded "No you can’t, that’s so hard! In hockey you can just go play harder. But in golf, if you play harder, you play worse!"
In closing Cetacean Nation wondered how a Whale hoops squad led by Alyssa would do? She replied
"I think I was just a point guard, and I only played one YMCA season. I wouldn’t trust anyone on the team playing any other sport except hockey" she laughed "I don’t know about my team, I don’t know how athletic everyone is. For most hockey players, I think it’s a lot of lacrosse or field hockey. I hadn’t even heard about field hockey until Inwas in college. I think a lot of hockey players also played soccer. But you don’t see a lot of hockey/basketball players." What about softball we asked? "That would be fun, that’s actually a good idea" she replied. We thoght maybe some former players might come back for something like that, even her old teammate Lindsay Berman. "Lindsay for sure", she said, "she grew up playing softball. She was a catcher. An alumni game Definitely, couldn’t call it an old timers game Especially since I would older than some of the “old timers” she laughed. Can’t call it that!"
We had one more question for Alyssa before we wished her good luck in the playoffs. We asked if she would chat with us again after the Isobel Cup was awarded and give us an insiders look at the playoffs. Alyssa agreed, and in her next interview on the list, this conversation continues, with some more great content from our Amazing #8 Alyssa Wohlfeiler. Fins Up to that!