Those were the words of goaltender Christian Del Bianco prior to the start of the 2018-19 season.
Well, he did do it twice.
And arguably, the newly crowned NLL Champion did it better than his previous campaign.
Although his impressive 11.17 GAA, and .716 save percentage during the regular season didn’t best the previous year’s stats (10.50 GAA, .793 sv% in 2017-18), Del Bianco also played 300 minutes more than last.
But Del Bianco’s success this year was not based on his stats, or the amount of saves he made.
No netminder can stop every ball, but Del Bianco stopped the most crucial ones.
It was an important factor in the Riggers’ 2019 playoff run and 14-13 OT NLL Cup victory over the Buffalo Bandits.
Over the course of the season, Del Bianco set a new single-season NLL record for minutes played with 1,074, played his 2,000th career minute, and made his 1,000th career save.
On top of all that, he became one of the backbones of the 2018-19 Roughnecks. His unflappable attitude, passion, and ability to bail the team out of almost any situation allowed his squad to play with full confidence.
Not bad for the youngest starting goaltender in the NLL, at just 21-years-old.
Being such a young goalie in the NLL, Del Bianco had plenty of student vs. teacher, mentors becoming enemies moments this season.
Fun fact: @NLLBandits goalie Matt Vinc knew @NLLRoughnecks goalie Christian Del Bianco was going to be a force to be reckoned with the first time he saw him play…at CAMP ten years ago.