The Official Photoblog of the Seattle Thunderbirds

Game 13: T-Birds Fall to Chiefs

Welcome back to Bird Watching where in this edition, we’ll take a look at photos from the game Dec. 14 against the Spokane Chiefs (yes I know I’m running massively behind, but I should be able to catch up soon).  Before we dive into the Spokane photos, though, I’d like to remind you all to check out the video T-Birds videographer Nicholas Kocan made from the Christmas card photoshoot a few weeks ago.  It gives a good look into how we managed to fit 23 hockey players and one bird onto half a carousel (without it breaking, might I add) long enough to grab a photo.  There are even some clips of me in action in there, something I’m not used to seeing since I’m normally behind the lens!  In case you missed it, here’s the video link:

Now onto the photos! The T-Birds were again without goalie Calvin Pickard who was trying out for the Canadian National Junior team for the upcoming World Junior Championships.  Between the pipes for Pickard was backup goalie Michael Salmon, who was making just his third start of the year.  Salmon and the T-Birds played well in the first period, keeping even with the Chiefs at one goal apiece and Salmon made more than a few nice saves and plays on the puck.  Here’s one of them now, where he (center), along with defenseman Dave Sutter (left), and left wing Marcel Noebels (center left) blocked an early attempt from Spokane.

Canon 7D, 140mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

Just a bit later he made another save, this one unassisted.   Need help finding the puck in this one (like I originally did)? Hint: look in the crease in Salmon’s leg pad.

Goalie Michael Salmon stretches his leg out to block a shot from Spokane left wing Colin Valcourt in the first period.

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

The Thunderbirds didn’t just play defense in the first period; they were on offense for a good portion of the period and earned 10 shots on the Spokane goal.  Here’s one of those shots, this one by Marcel Noebels.

Left wing Marcel Noebels takes a shot on Spokane goalie James Reid.  Reid blocked the attempt with his stick.

Canon 7D, 175mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

Here’s a shot of a nice play by defenseman Scott Ramsay.  Despite having falling to the ice, Ramsay was still able to get his stick through Spokane center Kenton Miller’s feet and poke the puck away.  The angle I have for this isn’t the best (behind the goal and to the left of it would have produced the best shot of the play), but I still like the photo.  Check it out for yourself…

Canon 7D, 98mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

A bit after Ramsay’s poke, Seattle scored their first goal.  Center Travis Toomey collected a rebound off James Reid and buried it in the back of the net, tying the score at 1-1.  Unfortunately I didn’t get the goal itself—I couldn’t find the puck during the rebound—but I did get the celebration afterwards.

Center Travis Toomey (back) and right wing Burke Gallimore (front) celebrate Toomey’s goal late in the first period.

Canon 7D, 160mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

True to the rivalry between the Thunderbirds and the Chiefs, there were three fights during the game.  The first one came 18 minutes in, and it featured Scott Ramsay and Spokane left wing Darren Kramer.

Canon 7D, 175mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

Now for the second period.  The Thunderbirds earned 14 shots on goal, two of which I’ve captured below.

Marcel Noebels takes a shot on Spokane goalie James Reid early in the second period.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Defenseman Brenden Dillon fires a slapshot towards the Spokane goal before Spokane center Steven Kuhn can block the attempt.

Canon 7D, 80mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Left wing Mitch Elliot (right) has the puck stolen by Spokane right wing Matt Marantz before Elliot while approaching the Spokane goal.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

And here’re a few more photos from the second period.  And yes, this is the second game in a row where I’ve gotten good stuff from behind the glass.  Dare I say it I’ve finally figured out how to shoot this lovely game?

Charles Wells (left) and Travis Toomey (right) battle for the puck with Spokane defenseman Tanner Mort.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Burke Gallimore uses his stick to prevent Spokane’s Matt Marantz from getting to the puck.

Canon 7D, 125mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

That night, there was a group in Calvin’s Corner, a section of seats to the left of the north goal that sits right on the glass.  When there’s no group in that section, I’ll generally sit in there with the other photographers since it offers a good view of the north half of the ice and the T-Birds bench.  Anyways, the group in Calvin’s Corner was an active one that night. Here’s a shot of them yelling at James Reid for him to go back to his goal…

Canon 7D, 195mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/500th, Manual

And here’s one of them voicing their opinions of Spokane players while the Chiefs went back to their locker room for the second intermission.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/500th, Manual

Thanks for being so loud that night, Calvin’s Corner.  You guys were great!

With that second intermission over, it’s on to the third period.  I took my usual third period spot—between the benches—and started firing away.  Unfortunately, so did the Spokane Chiefs.  Here’s one of their goals during the period, where Spokane left wing Collin Valcourt snuck a goal past Michael Salmon.

Canon 7D, 145mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Here’s a small series of photos (two to be exact) of Burke Gallimore doing everything possible to avoid Spokane defenseman Reid Gow, who was lying on the ice after knocking the puck away from Gallimore.  Gallimore gets some pretty good air on his jump over Gow; I’d rate it about a 7.5, don’t you think?

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Here, defenseman Erik Bonsor knocks the puck away from Spokane right wing Mitch Holmberg.

Canon 7D, 180mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

The third period wasn’t an easy one for the Thunderbirds.  They allowed Spokane to take 15 shots on goal, of which five of those shots ended up in the net.  After the last goal, Michael Salmon was pulled.  While skating back to the bench, center Colin Jacobs had some words of encouragement to the T-Birds’ netminder.

Canon 7D, 175mm, 1250 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Now, apparently to keep me from getting a big head, the Photo Gods decided to have the Chiefs block my view down the ice with their sticks.  Naturally, my autofocus picked the sticks to focus on instead of the players beyond them.  This photo wasn’t an intentional artsy-type photo; it was just an accident.  You can barely tell that Mitch Elliot is checking a Spokane player into the boards.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Being down big didn’t keep the T-Birds from fighting back.  Here, Burke Gallimore sends a late shot towards the Spokane goal.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

That’s It for the Spokane game.  Now a couple of blog notes…

Hopefully I’ll be getting the photos and video up from my trip to Kennewick for the Tri-City game there on the 10th up just after Christmas.  That’s the next post going up.  Also, there won’t be any shots from the Portland game on the 18th, unfortunately.  I was shooting at Seattle U during that game so I missed all of it.  Don’t worry, however, for I will be at the game on the 28th and will have shots from that soon after.

Also, is there anything different you guys want to see?  Do you have an angle you’d like me to shoot from or is there a story you’d like me to tell?  I want to hear some feedback from you as to where I should take this blog.  Let me know in the comments section below!

‘Til next time, go T-Birds!

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