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Best of Part One: The Top Photos So Far…

It seems like just yesterday since we were back here on Bird Watching, now doesn’t it?  Anyways, I promised you a post containing my best (and favorite) photos from the season so far, so let’s get going!

17) For the first shot of the day (and seventeenth best shot so far) we’ll go all the way back to October 26 for a game against Tri-City and a shot of center Colin Jacobs on the bench during a shootout.  I think this shot is typical of many photos of Jacobs I’ve taken; in most of them there’s either a big smile or intense expression on Jacobs’ face.  That really adds to the emotion of the photograph and helps our understanding of what’s going on in it.

Center Colin Jacobs is all smiles after left wing Marcel Noebels (background) converts his shootout attempt against the Americans.  Despite the successful conversion, the T-Birds fell in the shootout, 2-1.

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

16) Let’s stay in that same game against the Americans for shot number 16.  In the first 33 games of the season, the T-Birds had three of their four home games against Tri-City, and each one was a hard-hitting matchup worthy of the rivalry.  There were many notable hits between the two teams, and one of the better photos I’ve got of them happens to be this one, where two Thunderbirds combine to make an American sandwich…

Right wing Jacob Doty (left) and center Connor Sanvido (right) sandwich Tri-City defenseman left wing Marcus Messier in the first period of an Oct. 26 game against Tri-City.

Canon 7D, 200mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

15) With number 15, I decided to go with a shot from the KING 5 taping that occurred October 12 at ShoWare Center.  KING 5 sent reporter Christie Johnson down to learn more about hockey and the Thunderbirds.  The clips that were filmed went out live during the morning news broadcast, and the four players there (Luke Lockhart, Brenden Dillon, Burke Gallimore, and Michael Salmon) had to arrive early in order to meet with the KING 5 crew.  I snapped this gem during a break in shooting…

Center Luke Lockhart (right) and right wing Burke Gallimore (top) rest on the ice during a break between takes.

Canon 7D, 50MM, 1600 ISO, f/3.5, 1/800th, Manual

It’s not the best technical photo from the shoot, but I do find it quite humorous and there’s something charming about it so I decided to use it over the other photos from the tv shoot.

14)  After each win, the team would always skate out to the goalie (normally Calvin Pickard, but Michael Salmon has taken over between the pipes on occasion) and celebrate the win.  They did this a bit over the first half, as the T-Birds have accumulated 15 wins so far this year.  Normally these shots aren’t that exciting as everyone is facing inwards, but I got lucky with this one when Jacob Doty looked backwards (with his helmet off! What luck!) during the celebration.

Jacob Doty joins the rest of the Thunderbirds in celebration of their Nov. 19 victory over the Spokane Chiefs.

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

13)  I’m always looking for new angles to shoot from.  Seeing something from a different vantage point can make the most typical of things seem new or exciting.  I was allowed to shoot the Red Deer game on Nov. 2 from the catwalks above the ice.  I was up there for the pregame events, including the introduction of the Thunderbirds starters.

The Thunderbirds starters are introduced before the Nov. 2 game against Red Deer.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/320th, Manual

12)  What would a look back on the Thunderbirds’ season be without talking about Calvin Pickard?  He’s been the T-Birds’ brick wall in goal for most of the season, saving an astounding 1169 shots so far.  His save percentage of .927 is good for second in the WHL, just a thousandth behind Darcy Kuemper of Red Deer.  Needless to say, Pickard’s been a major part of the team, and I had to include a photo of him in this countdown.  Here’s one of his 1169 saves, this one against Red Deer.

Goalie Calvin Pickard makes a stick save on a shot from the Red Deer Rebels on Nov. 2.

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11)  As I’ve said before, I didn’t follow hockey before I started shooting for the Thunderbirds.  All I really knew about the game was that it was really fast and players were allowed to fight (with a five minute penalty, though).  Being one of the bigger teams in the league, the T-Birds have really thrown their weight around for the first part of the season, making sure to hit the opposing team and even fighting them if need be.   One of the bigger fighters on the team is Jacob Doty, who is frequently making sure the opposing team leaves the game black and blue.

Jacob Doty lands a punch on Prince George center Greg Fraser during a game Oct. 29.

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10)  Once December rolled around, it was time to plan for the T-Bird’s Christmas Card.  It was up to me to shoot the photo that would be on the card, something I’ve never done before.  After scouting out the location and perfecting my exposure for the surroundings, the players arrived and we got down to business.  I’ll tell you right now this photo isn’t the best team photo ever taken, but I’m quite proud of it and the way it looked on the card, so I decided to put it on this list.

Happy Holidays from the Seattle Thunderbirds!

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1000 ISO, f/10, 1/25th, Manual

9)  I’m always looking for non-action photos to shoot.   Not only does it give me something to focus on while the game’s not being played, but it showcases particular events that might not have been seen by everyone.  One of my favorite detail shots from the half-year is this photo taken during a particularly chippy game against Medicine Hat.

Jacob Doty leans over and tries to intimidate the Medicine Hat player across from him before a faceoff at center ice during a Nov. 30 game.

Canon 7D, 200mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

8)  It’s not common to see a goalie get checked hard on a play, but it does happen on occasion.  When it does, it can make a cool photo to see the two players all sprawled out.  That happened in the Medicine Hat game; an action I thought was sure to lead to an all-out brawl between the teams.  It didn’t but it did lead to a cool photo…

Calvin Pickard is run into by Medicine Hat center Wacey Hamilton during a Nov. 30 game.

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7)  One thing I have noticed through the first 33 games is that the Thunderbirds fans are pretty good at making noise.  When I went over to Kennewick for the Tri-City away game on Dec. 10, I was surprised at how quiet those fans were during part of the game.   To commemorate them, I’m always looking for photos of T-Birds fans to put in the blog.  Normally I have a requirement that they need to be in T-Birds gear, but I waived that Dec. 14 when the group in Calvin’s Corner kept yelling at Spokane goalie James Reid whenever he ventured to that side of the ice.

Fans in Calvin’s Corner try to get Spokane goalie James Reid to lose focus during a Dec. 14 game.

Canon 7D, 160mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

6)  This fan, however, showed his T-Birds colors well during the Medicine Hat game.  The more I look at this photo, the more I like it.  Not only is it taken at a cool angle (from the catwalks), but the look on his face—particularly that smirk—adds some nice emotion to it.  He looks proud to display that Thunderbirds scarf, and in turn I’m proud to call this photo one of the six best shots I took during the first half.

A fan displays a Thunderbirds scarf during a timeout in a Nov. 30 game against Medicine Hat.

Canon 7D, 150mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/400th, Manual

5)  Here’s my favorite photo of Calvin Pickard I’ve taken so far.  This might be ranked higher on this list—and would definitely be the best shot of a Calvin Pickard save—if this was in fact a save; this is actually a shot of a Tri-City goal.  I took this early enough in the play, however, for it to look like a decent photo Pickard doing well.  No matter what the result of the play, however, it’s a nice looking photo and nice enough to be number five.

Tri-City center Mason Wilgosh sneaks a shot past goalie Calvin Pickard during an Oct. 26 game.

Canon 7D, 130mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

4)  You may have noticed that so far all of the action photos on the list were either taken from above (the photos with a background that consists of ice) or from the box in between the benches (where the background is the goal or the boards around the rink).  Well, coming in at number four is my first action shot taken from behind the glass at one end of the rink (#7—the photo of the group in Calvin’s Corner—was taken from the side, but I don’t consider that an action photo).  It was taken fairly recently, at the game where I finally realized how to shoot from behind the glass ((Home) Game 12: Thunderbirds Unlucky Against Americans).  You’ll also notice that three of the top four photos were taken in December, further suggestion I’ve finally realized how to shoot hockey.  It took long enough, now didn’t it… 😛 Anyway, here’s number four!

Left wing Marcel Noebels evades an attempt to dislodge the puck by from Tri-City center Brooks Macek during a Dec. 11 game.

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3)  When I saw number three happen I immediately became excited.  I immediately knew I had this really cool play when it happened; once the puck was cleared from the Seattle end and there wasn’t a danger of missing a play, I chimped the photo (photographer jargon for looking at the LCD screen) to see if I really had got it.  A wide smile crept along my face once I had; I think that was the most excited I’ve ever been over a photograph.  It really is a cool photograph, and important, too.  Check out this goal-saving grab Dave Sutter made on the puck.

Defenseman Dave Sutter saves a goal by grabbing the puck out of the air just before it crosses the red line during a game against Medicine Hat Nov. 30.

Canon 7D, 90mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

2)  I remember telling you I had a portfolio-worthy shot during the blog post I first shared number two with you.   It is also one of the few head-on offensive shots I’ve taken this year since I haven’t found much success shooting through glass yes.  I’m really happy with the way this shot turned out, although I do wish the shot featured in the photo was just as successful. 

Left wing Chance Lund takes a shot on the Tri-City goal during a Dec. 11 game.

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

1)  And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for and the best shot I’ve taken so far this year…  As I said before, three of the top four photos were taken in December, and we can expand that out to a whopping eight of the top ten.  That means throughout the year I’ve really improved my hockey shooting, so it’s only natural to guess my top photo is from December, right?   Well it’s not from December.  Or November.  Or even October for that matter.  That’s right, the single best photo I’ve taken came from the one home game in September and the first regular season hockey game I’ve ever shot.  Crazy, right?  I’ll let you see the photo before I talk about why I picked this as number one…

Colin Jacobs celebrates a goal in front of the Portland bench during the home opener against the Winterhawks Sept. 25.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

This photo shows just about everything you need to know about that opening night game: that the Thunderbirds were fired up and playing well enough to celebrate (visible in Jacobs’ face) and it shows some dejection in the Winterhawks’ player behind Jacobs.  Furthermore, the spotlight on Jacobs makes him jump out at the viewer and the stick and shoulder in the foreground give a nice frame to Jacobs to really draw your eye to him.  That is why I’m calling this the best photo I’ve taken this season, and a photo I’m proudly displaying in my portfolio.

Well there you have it: the top 17 photos of the Thunderbirds’ season so far!  What plays will there be for me to capture during the second half?  Find out tonight when the Thunderbirds take on the Spokane Chiefs at 7:05 at the ShoWare Center!  I’ll be there, will you?

Do you agree with my selections? Did I miss something that deserves to be in this post?  Let me know in the comments section below while you wait for 7:05 to come!

‘Til tonight, go T-Birds!

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Calvin Pickard: The Energizer Bunny in Pads

Monday night, 10:44 pm:  I’m writing this blog post in the dark, seeing as the wind storm that’s rolling through the area finally won its battle with the local power lines and my house lost power.  Not much from my preferred working environment has changed though; sure it’s a tad dark, but I can still type this up on my laptop, listen to music on my ipod (right know it’s Human by the Killers, in case you’re wondering), and still text friends and family on my cell phone.  It’s nice to know that even though I depend on electricity for so much, I can live without it (in short doses, though;  I’m SOL when my batteries run out).  Batteries are the fail-safe of today’s society, and they really should be appreciated more; they help keep everything running when the power goes out, and they have saved untold hardship and lives just because they’re a great fail-safe.

By now you’re probably thinking “this is a photoblog about a hockey team, why are you writing about batteries, Kyle?”  If so I don’t blame you, but trust me I’m heading somewhere with this…

Batteries are a lot like a goalie in hockey.  More specifically, batteries are like a reliable goalie in hockey, one who can be depended to immediately and effectively defend the net if something gets behind the defense, much like how batteries are called upon once the electricity stops flowing.  Since batteries have a near 100% effectiveness, this goalie has to be nearly perfect, saving 93 percent of the shots that come at him.  Hmm, a dependable, reliable goalie that saves nearly every shot taken on him? Why, that sounds a lot like our own Calvin Pickard, doesn’t it?

Say hi to the readers, Calvin!

Canon 7D, 130mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

As you may have just now guessed, this post is dedicated to our fearless netminder, the man who never met a shot he really liked and never met a puck he couldn’t stop. He backs up the Thunderbirds defensive line and is probably the best goalie in the WHL right now.  In fact, for the next two days he’ll represent the WHL in the Subway Super Series, two games that pits a team of WHL stars against a team of Russian junior stars. Since the Thunderbirds have a few well-earned days off after their eastern road trip (in which they did quite well, taking 8 of a possible 12 points) and Pickard is playing in the series, it seems like a great time to have a post saluting our never-stopping netminder. Here are 15 photos of Pickard doing what he does best: backing up the T-Birds and looking good while doing it…

Pickard stops a shot from a diving Lethbridge left winger Jacob Berglund during a game Oct. 1 against the Hurricanes.

Canon 7D, 150mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Pickard goes down to stop Lethbridge center Cam Braes.

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

Picarkd attempts to block a shoot-out attempt by Tri-City right winger Jacob Holland on  Oct.  26.

Canon 7D, 130mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Pickard watches as defenseman Brenden Dillon steals the puck from Prince George center Nick Bounassisi Oct. 29.

Canon 7D, 200mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Pickard re-directs a shot towards teammate and T-Birds center Luke Lockhart.

Canon 7D, 200mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Pickard tracks the puck while center Colin Jacobs (left) and PG center Charles Inglis fight for it during the Oct. 29 game against the Cougars.

Canon 7D, 160mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Pickard prevents Red Deer left winger John Perrson from redirecting the puck into the Seattle goal Nov. 2.

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Pickard stretches out to make a save against Red Deer.

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Pickard makes yet another stop against Red Deer.

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See the previous cutline.  Just know that he made 46 saves that night.

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Pickard makes another sprawling save against the Rebels on Nov. 2.

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Pickard passes the puck to defenseman Dave Sutter during the third period of the game against the Rebels.

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Pickard, Sutter (left) and Red Deer right winger Daulton Siwak (top right_ all have a nice view of the puck before Pickard falls on it for another save).

Canon 7D, 155mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

And let’s end this post the best way I know how: with a picture of Calvin celebrating a win!

Canon 7D, 130mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Hopefully you enjoyed this look at Calvin Pickard, and be sure to tune in to the Subway Super Series against the top Russian junior players.

Til next time, go T-Birds (and WHL)!

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T-Birds v. Hitmen- A Look Back

With a good four days left until the next home game (and four since my last post), I think it’s time for more game photos!  Since it’s the most recent one, let’s take a look back at the game against Calgary, shall we?

Note: Due to time constraints (like me having to run off to work), this post will involve less than normal commentary.  I’ve captioned each photo, though, so you’ll always know what’s going on in the picture…

The beginning of the game started off with the Thunderbirds playing more defense than offense early on, as my photos will be able to show.

Defenseman Dave Sutter looks to pass the puck to a teammate and get it out from behind the Seattle goal during the first quarter.

Canon 7D, 100mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual


Goalie Calvin Pickard makes a save in the first quarter.

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There’s always an ethical quandary when someone gets hurt.  Do you take a photo of him?  How many?  On one hand, a photographer needs to do his or her job and document the game and everything going along with it.  One another, it is a bit of an invasion of privacy during a moment most would not want their pictures taken.  I bring this up because this next photo I—at the time—thought that this could be a moment like that.  Calgary rightwinger Cody Beach got wrapped up with Tyler Alos in front of the goal.  On the way down to the ice, I heard Beach’s helmet (or so I think… it could have been the puck I guess) strike the post.  I didn’t see much immediate movement from Beach, so I decided to snap a few frames of him getting medical care, just in case.   Luckily, he turned out to be ok and would reenter the game later.    So crisis averted, but I thought we had something big on our hands.  Thankfully I was wrong.  Here’s the photo…

Center Tyler Alos lands on top of a Calgary Hitmen player after the two got entangled in front of the Seattle net.

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

 

And here’s the last two photos from the first period…

Defenseman Travis Bobbee and Calgary leftwinger John Lawrence jockey for position while chasing the puck.

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

 

A young fan cheers on the Thunderbirds during a break in play.

Canon 7D, 200mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/640th, Manual

 

Easily the most frustrating thing for me while shooting is having part of a shot blocked by either a player not involved in the play or a referee.  For football, you will ALWAYS have either the back line judge or side judge coming into and going out of your shots as long as you are ahead of the ball.  Well, in hockey if you’re behind the nets, you will ALWAYS have an official coming into and going out of your shot.  Sometimes it works out and the ref is merely in the background: something not wanted by any means, but you can deal with that.  With this, though, there’s nothing that can be done…

Leftwinger Mitch Elliot (center) is checked by Calgary defenseman Matt MacKenzie.

Canon 7D, 95mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

That shot would have been a pretty good one.  It has good action, it’s crisp, and it’s fairly representative of the game.  Except for one teensy thing… can you name it?

 

And now let’s finish out the second period…

Leftwinger Chance Lund (left) stretches past Hitmen defenseman Ben Wilson to control the puck in the second period.

Canon 7D, 120mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

 

A young fan can’t hide her joy while taking a photo of Cool Bird.

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Check out the background of this picture… notice anything hanging around?

Defender Brenden Dillon tries to get the puck to a teammate.

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Well, it looks like the same can be applied here, as well…

Rightwinger Burke Gallimore can’t quite get the puck past Calgary goalie Juraj Holly.

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This one’s safe though!

Center Tyler Alos celebrates his second period goal by slapping hands with the Seattle bench.

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Rightwinger Jacob Doty pins Calgary rightwinger Cody Beach during a fight in the second period.

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Now for the third period (and overtime)!

Defenseman Brenden Dillon tries to skate past Calgary forwards Misha Fisenko (left) and Chase Clayton (right).

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Center Tyler Alos passes the puck to a teammate.

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Center Charles Wells controls the puck in the third period.  Wells scored his second goal of the season in the first period.

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Rightwinger Burke Gallimore chases after the puck alongside two Calgary Hitmen late in the third quarter.

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Goalie Calvin Pickard makes a save in the third period.

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That’s it for this post.  Sorry for the abbreviated one, but I didn’t have much material for you this time.  The next few weeks should be better.

Till next time, go T-Birds!


Mid-Road Trip Photo Break

Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a week, but there hasn’t been anything new to post.  I’ll try to get some extra content during the next home stretch to give you something new to look at while I’m not following the Thunderbirds on the road.
To try and make up for my lack of posts, how about more game photos?  I have some form the first two home games I’d love to share with you all.

These first few are from the home opener September 25 against Portland.

Center Charles Wells skates up the ice with the puck during the Sept. 25 home opener against Portland.

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Defenseman Brenden Dillon controls the puck during the Thunderbirds’ 4-1 victory over the Winterhawks.

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The Thunderbirds celebrate a goal in the 3rd period of their home opener Sept. 25 against the Portland Winterhawks.

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Ok, so there were only three from the home opener.  I had a bad game that night (unlike the T-Birds with their 4-1 win), and didn’t get too many great photos.   Oh well, it happens and I’m used to it.  The next game, the game October 1 against Lethbridge, however, was much better for me.  I feel some of these were good enough to go into the game post if they matched the theme I picked for it better.

Rightwinger Jacob Doty takes the puck past the center line during a game against Lethbridge Oct. 1.

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Center Colin Jacobs has a clear view of the puck after being knocked to the ice during an Oct. 1 game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Canon 7D, 185mm, 1600 ISO, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

This next photo I nearly used in the game thread.  I ended up going with one a few frames and about a second later (I love having a camera that takes 8 frames per second).

Hurricane leftwinger Jacob Berglund takes a shot on goal with Thunderbird defenseman Ryan Aasman (behind) in pursuit.  T-Birds goalie Calvin Pickard blocked the shot and the T-Birds won the game 3-2 via a 2-0 shootout win.

Canon 7D, 170mm, 1600 ISO, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual


Rightwinger Marcel Noebels battles Lethbridge defenseman Mike Reddington for the puck during a game Oct. 1

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Goalie Calvin Pickard saves a shot by Lethbridge leftwinger Max Ross.

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Now for this next photo, I’m not quite sure why I’m including it.  It’s not the best photo ever, there’s just something about it that draws my eye every time I pass it.  I figure that has to mean something, so I decided to include it in this blog.  Let me know what you guys think of it in the comments section below…

Center Colin Jacobs tries to get past Hurricane defenseman Daniel Johnston.

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This next photo was taken just a few frames after the previous one.  Maybe that’s why I included that picture just before, to tell how that possession ended?  Yeah, that’s it… That’s the excuse I’ll use!

Jacobs and Johnston race for the puck after Johnston knocked it away.

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Now this next one is a pretty cool photo.  It would be even better if Wells was over to the right more and not directly behind the goal, but I still think it’s pretty good.  I like how you can see the puck a few inches away from Anderson.  Someday I’ll get Pickard in a cool photo like that.

Seattle center Charles Wells watches as Lethbridge goalie Brandon Anderson  blocks a shot in the second period of a game Oct. 1.

Canon 7D, 78mm, 1600 ISO, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Erica, you said you wanted to see more celebration shots.  Well here’s one for you.  Let’s call it a continuation from the last post…

Leftwinger Chance Lund, Rightwinger Burke Gallimore, center Travis Toomey, and defenseman Brenden Dillon celebrate  Toomey’s goal in the third period of a game Oct. 1 against Lethbridge.

Canon 7D, 200mm, 1600 ISO, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

I had a decision to make with this next photo.  I had a frame where Lund was in focus by the net and the one below where Bonsor is in focus in the foreground.  I think they’re about equal quality, I just decided to go with the Bonsor pic because the puck is closer to him than it is to Lund.

Seattle defenseman Erik Bonsor attempts a pass to Chance Lund.

Canon 7D, 70mm, 1600 ISO, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

This next photo isn’t an action shot, but nice nonetheless.  It’s an environmental portrait of sorts of Dave Sutter.  While in the box between the benches, I need to remember to grab a few shots of the Thunderbirds’ bench.  I figure you guys would like to see that and I have a responsibility to show you that area since I have access to it.  So keep reminding me to look over my right shoulder while on the ice, okay?

Defenseman Dave Sutter listens to Coach Rob Sumner before the overtime period.

Canon 7D, 85mm, 1600 ISO, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Lastly, who doesn’t love more Calvin Pickard shots?  Here’s Calvin making a save during the shootout in the Lethbridge game.

Goalie Calvin Pickard saves a shootout attempt by Lethbridge’s Cam Braes.

Canon 7D, 120mm, 1600 ISO, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Since both Gallimore and Noebels hit their attempts and Pickard blocked both of Lethbridge’s, the Thunderbirds ended up winning the shootout and the game.  So let’s celebrate another T-Birds victory, shall we Calvin?

Pickard celebrates saving a shootout attempt by Lethbridge’s Dylan Tait, the play that clinched a victory and two points for the Thunderbirds.

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That’s a resounding yes from Pickard!

That’s it for this post, ladies and gentlemen.  As always, thank you for reading and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Til next time, go T-Birds!