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Game 33: T-Birds Fly Past Bruins with More Overtime Magic from Gallimore

Alright, I’m slowly getting bogged down in games I haven’t posted photos from (I still have some to show you from the Everett game March 5), so bear with me while I play catch-up (which I’ll be doing for a bit after the season ends) on this blog.  Meanwhile, let’s celebrate a great 5-0 win over Kelowna with some photos from another great win: last Friday’s 3-2 overtime win over Chilliwack.

For a few weeks now, the Thunderbirds have huddled around Calvin’s goal just after coming onto the ice for the first period.  I’ve tried to get a good shot of them every game, but since the lights are out I haven’t had much luck; any photo is either to dark or has motion blur since I took it with a very slow shutter speed (which doesn’t freeze action well and creates motion blur).  Last Friday, however,  I got lucky when a spotlight moved across the huddle at the same time I released my shutter…

The Seattle Thunderbirds huddle up before their game against the Chilliwack Bruins on Friday, March 11, 2011.

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Left wing Marcel Noebels and Chilliwack defenseman Jeff Einhorn watch the puck fall to the ice early in the first period.

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Defenseman Austin Frank knocks down Chilliwack center Kevin Sundher in order to regain possession of the puck.

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Throughout the course of the game, the Thunderbirds put an incredible 58 pucks on Chilliwack goalie Lucas Gore, and Gore stopped all but three of them.   Here he’s making a glove save on one of the 22 shots he faced in the first period, and to steal a baseball term sno-coning the puck with the glove (that means I timed my shutter right!)

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Gore couldn’t keep that last save in his glove, however, and it fell loose in front of the net.  The puck eventually found its’ way to T-Birds’ center Tyler Alos, who saw a clear lane to the goal…

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And fired the puck into the back of the net while skating past Chilliwack’s Gore.

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Center Brendan Rouse tries to separate Chilliwack right wing Robin Soudek from the puck in the T-Birds’ defensive end.

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Chilliwack goalie Lucas Gore and defenseman Tyler Stahl can only watch as a Seattle shot crosses dangerously in front of the Chilliwack goal in the first period.

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Recently one of the T-Birds’ communications interns commented how I haven’t submitted a photo of a hit for the press release at all this year.  I told him I never have too many good photos of hits, and ironically enough I got a few pretty good ones during the Chilliwack game, including these next two shots…

Center Chance Lund is pushed out of position to reach the puck by Chilliwack defenseman Mitch Topping.

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Defenseman Erik Bonsor knocks Chilliwack’s Sundher to the ice in an attempt to take the puck away from the Bruins.

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And to close out the photos from the first period, let’s see one of the few Chilliwack scoring chances in the first…

Goalie Calvin Pickard (left) prepares to stop a shot from Chilliwack right wing Robin Soudek.

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At the first intermission, the score was 2-1 Thunderbirds.  Colin Jacobs added another goal for the T-Birds with two and a half minutes left while Chilliwack opened the scoring with a power-play goal from Soudek halfway through the period.   For period two, let’s move down to just behind the Chilliwack net…

Center Connor Sanvido follows a loose puck towards the Chilliack goal in the second period.

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Right Wing Burke Gallimore reaches to knock the puck away from Chilliwack’s Stahl, but doesn’t quite have the reach.

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Center Luke Lockhart tries to find the loose puck and sweep it into the Chilliwack goal in the second period of play.

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Unfortunately most of the rest of my second period photos had bad puck marks in them since the clean spot I found on the glass was ruined after a pile-up in front of me about halfway through the period.  So that does it for the second period, where Chilliwack evened the score at two all.  Onto the third period, where I took my typical spot amongst the players between the benches. ..

Travis Toomey seemed to be involved in most of the offensive action early in the third period.  I say that because the first four photos of the third period involve him, and they cover three different plays as well…

Center Travis Toomey tries to get through defenseman Brandon Manning and get into a good position in front of the Chilliwack net early in the first period.

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Toomey sees a shot of his go slightly to the right of Chilliwack goalie Lucas Gore.

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Toomey looks for a loose puck in front of the Chilliwack net after a T-Birds’ shot on goal was blocked.

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Toomey and Chilliwack right wing Dylan McKinlay battle for a loose puck in front of the Chilliwack goal.

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Enough of Toomey for now, let’s check back in on Calvin, who’s now deflecting a shot from Chilliwack left wing Roman Horak.

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Left wing Mitch Elliot brings the puck up-ice along the boards with Chilliwack’s Persley hot in pursuit.

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Luke Lockhart tries to stop a loose puck from leaving the Thunderbirds’ zone but is knocked down by Chilliwack right wing Dylen McKinlay.

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In the last part of the third period, Pickard came up big with a couple of nice saves.  While Chilliwack still only got nine shots on goal in the period, the T-Birds found themselves playing in their defensive zone more than during the rest of the game.

Pickard uses his stick to block the net while watching a centering pass from Chilliwack slide on by in the third period.

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Defenseman Travis Bobbee tries to poke check the puck away from Chilliwack’s Sundher.

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Pickard scrambles back to cover the net while defenseman Brenden Dillon takes control of a puck heading for the Seattle goal late in the third period.

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Now for overtime!  Since neither team scored in the third, we headed into the extra five minutes still tied at two.   Toomey tried to end the game early in the overtime period, however, when he tried to send a shot up over Gore’s leg pads, but the puck just didn’t get high enough.

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A minute and a half into the overtime period, Gallimore again found himself in space to the right of the Chilliwack net.  Like the last game against the Silvertips, Gallimore wound up and fired a slapshot towards the goal, and like the last game the puck hit the back of the net.   Unfortunately I couldn’t swing my camera over to him in time to get the shot, but I did get the celebration of his second straight game-winning goal in overtime…

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That shot earned Gallimore a hug from Toomey…

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Also after the game, Pickard went over to Chillwack goalie Lucas Gore and congratulated him on his 55 save performance that earned him the first star of the game.   I thought that was pretty classy of Pickard, so let’s see a photo of it…

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And that’s it for this post!  With just three games left in the season, the T-Birds are still in the playoff race.  They need points from each game—including two wins—and a little help from either Everett or Prince George to make it in, but with the way Seattle has been playing recently, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them in the playoffs.

Keep coming back here for photos of the final games of the season, T-Birds fans, and as always tell me what you think in the comments section below.

‘Til next time, go T-Birds!

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Game 32: T-Birds Beat Silvertips with Gallimore’s Late Heroics

T-Birds’ fans, there’s just two weeks left in the season, but six games are yet to be played.  The T-Birds are just three points out of the last playoff spot in the western conference, making each game important.  One of the teams the T-Birds have a chance at passing for a playoff spot is their rivals from just up the road, the Everett Silvertips, and wouldn’t you know it, the ‘Tips came down to the ShoWare Center last Saturday…

The game started off great for the ‘Birds.  Not even a minute in, center Travis Toomey found himself in good position to give the T-Birds an early lead.  Unfortunately, his shot would hit the post and bounce away from the net…

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And towards a group of other T-Birds, including defenseman Brenden Dillon, who would bury it in the back of the net for a Thunderbirds’ score!

Just a bit later, Toomey would tried to steal the puck away from Everett center Landon Ferraro while Ferraro was still in Seattle’s offensive zone.

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The number of shots in the first period was pretty balanced: the Thunderbirds earned 13 shots on goal, while the Silvertips put 11 pucks on goalie Calvin Pickard.  Pickard stopped all but one of those shots, including this one here…

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Center Luke Lockhart tries to redirect a puck into the Everett goal, but can’t get to it before Everett goalie Luke Siemens knocks it away from the net.

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Center Brendan Rouse battles for the puck with Everett left wing Tyler Maxwell near the face-off circle in Seattle’s zone.

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Nearly halfway through the period, the T-Birds found themselves on a power play after Everett right wing Cody Fowlie got called for tripping.  The power play had nearly been killed off until Toomey found himself in front of the Everett net while the puck was also heading towards goal…

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Toomey raised his stick and redirected the puck, having been originally shot by Rouse, into the net, giving Seattle a 2-1 lead they’d hold for the rest of the period.

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And now for the second period!  Instead of my spot behind the net the T-Birds shoot at, I sat in Calvin’s Corner in an attempt to find clearer glass and different photos than I’d been getting.  And get a different shot I did, as in this one it looks as though right wing Burke Gallimore is being held up by Everett defender Chad Suer instead of being knocked to the ice like you’d expect…

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In the second period, the Thunderbirds again earned 13 shots on goal but couldn’t get anything past the red line.  Everett’s Siemens blocked all of them, including this one by Seattle right wing Marcel Noebels.

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Toomey again found himself in front of the Everett net with a loose puck in the second period, but this time it was poke-checked away before he could put a stick on it for yet another scoring opportunity.

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During the second period, Everett snuck one past Pickard to even the score at two-all.   There was also a minor scuffle between Dillon and an Everett player with just a few seconds left in the period, but no penalties or anything else resulted from it.  Tensions clearly weren’t worked out, though, as just seven seconds into the third period Dillon and Everett’s Ferraro dropped gloves and squared off against each other.  After a fairly one-sided beatdown by Dillon, the two fighters were sent to the penalty box for five minutes to cool off, but here’s a photo of the fight.

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Center Luke Lockhart is upended after taking a shot on Everett’s Siemens in the third period.

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Defenseman Erik Bonsor tries to take the puck away from Everett right wing Scott MacDonald.

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Lockhart takes Everett’s Ferraro down to the ice while defending him late in the third period.

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During the period, Pickard faced nine more shots from the Everett attack and stopped all nine of them.  Unfortunately Seattle couldn’t get one past Siemens either (not one that wasn’t disallowed, anyway), so we headed into overtime, where Pickard was forced into action early…

Pickard makes a save in the beginning of the overtime period.

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Gallimore protects the puck from Everett defender Ryan Murray during the overtime period.

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And Pickard was called upon again soon afterward to make a game-extending save…

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With just fifteen seconds before the shootout, Burke Gallimore found himself in space and with a decent angle on the goal.  Furthermore, Toomey was once again in front of the goal, looking to tip in a centering pass for the game winner.  With all this in mind, Gallimore wound up for a slapshot towards the goal…

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And unleashed a nice shot that didn’t need any help from Toomey, for it found an empty space to cross over the red line and win the game for Seattle!

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What a shot! With just seconds before overtime, Burke Gallimore—who had missed the previous night’s game at Portland since he was back home attending the funeral of his grandfather—fired a great shot past the Everett defense and clinched two vital points in the playoff chase for the Thunderbirds… This deserves some celebration, no?

I got many photos of Gallimore celebrating, but I had a tough time deciding what one to go with for the press release.  You be the photographer: Let me know what one I should have gone with below in the comments section.

Our first choice is a full-body shot of Gaillimore with Dillon hanging on behind him…

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And the second one is a cropped version of the first, emphasizing Gallimore and eliminating some extraneous information…

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The third one is the one I ended up using and is close to being one of my favorite shots I’ve taken this entire year.  It has many great qualities in it: Gallimore (who scored the game-winning goal) extending his arms wide and looking upwards; Dillon (who scored once and assisted Gallimore on the game-winner), and beautiful lighting around both their faces—there’s even a glint coming off Gallimore’s visor!  What’s wrong with it, though?  Only another terrible case of referees in the background ruining a shot.  Is that ref enough to ruin this image?  Let me know below!

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And the fourth and final one is one I submitted to the WHL website.  It’s similar to the third photo, although Gallimore’s arms aren’t as extended anymore and his eyes are closed.  It’s past the peak moment, which I captured in the photo above, but it doesn’t have that ref in the background.  Tell me, is this better than celebration photo three?  Or either of the first two?

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And let’s leave off with a photo of the entire team surrounding Gallimore and celebrating their two points…

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Alright, that’s it for this blog post!  Let me know your opinions about those celebration photos or any other picture I posted tonight, and I’ll see you Friday when the T-Birds take on Chilliwack in another crucial game in the playoff race!

‘Til then, go T-Birds!


Game 29: T-Birds Drop Heartbreaker to Winterhawks

Hello again T-Birds fans!   Sorry for the delay in posts, but I’ve been pretty busy the last few days and haven’t found time to throw together a blog post for either of the games I have left to write about.  I’ve finally found some now, though, and I can do a quick one about the Portland game last Saturday.  Let’s start off with a photo of goalie Calvin Pickard making yet another routine save shall we?

Pickard makes a glove save on a Portland shot early in the first period.  This was one of his 52 saves on the night.

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Center Colin Jacobs tries to get a shot past Portland defenseman Joe Morrow (middle) and goalie Keith Hamilton.

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Center Brendan Rouse tries to get the puck away from the boards despite being checked into them by Portland defenseman Taylor Aronson.

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Right wing Marcel Noebels takes a shot on the Portland goal.

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Pickard holds strong as a puck slides in from Portland center Craig Cunningham.

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Noebels takes the puck away from Portland’s Aronson at center ice.

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Jacobs (right) waits for a pass from center Travis Toomey (left) beside the Portland goal late in the period.

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Toomey (left) battles with Portland’s Hamilton for a puck in front of the Portland goal in the second period.

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Toomey (right) chases after a rebounded puck with Portland defenseman William Wrenn.

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Toomey (right) chases after a rebounded puck with Portland defenseman William Wrenn.

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Noebels has the puck stolen from him in front of the Portland goal by Portland’s Wrenn.

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be right on the glass while players are being checked about six inches in front of you?  Well, it’s something like this…

Portland center Ryan Johansen is checked into the boards by Seattle’s Noebels (behind Johnasen).

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Defenseman Erik Bonsor puts a hit on Portland left wing Brad Ross early in the third period of the game.

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Defenseman Ryan Button controls the puck.

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Center Tyler Alos tries to send a loose puck into the Portland goal, but is defended by Portland’s Aronson.

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Alos tries to rein in a puck knocked away from him by Portland left wing Sven Bartschi.

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Center Connor Sanvido brings the puck up ice and into the T-Birds’ attacking zone.

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Defenseman Brenden Dillon tries to block a clearance by Portland center Brendan Leipsic.

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Pickard makes a diving save to prevent the Winterhawks from extending their lead in the third period.

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Button jumps on the celebration pile after a Toomey goal that evened the score at 3.

And unfortunately that’s where my photos from the game end.  As you may remember, Portland snuck one past Pickard with just thirty seconds left in regulation to steal that second point and the win.  The T-Birds played pretty well, though, giving hope to ending the season on a good streak and maybe even finding themselves in the playoffs…
I hope to have photos from last Tuesday’s Everett game up in a few days.  As always, feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have in the comments section below.

‘Til next time, go T-Birds!

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Game 30: T-Birds, Noebels Storm Past Silvertips

Well that certainly was an exciting couple games, now wasn’t it?  On Saturday the T-Birds lost an absolute heartbreaker when Portland scored in the final thirty seconds of regulation, and on Sunday Marcel Noebels happened on a four goal effort, his first hat trick in the WHL.  For this post we’ll concentrate on Sunday’s game against Everett since I’ve gone through and worked up a few photos from it for the WHL website already…

Let’s start with the first period (naturally).  The T-Birds seemed a tad sluggish to begin with—the game against Portland certainly took a toll on them—and were on defense for much of the first period.  They did, however, manage to get the puck up ice often enough.

Center Connor Sanvido brings the puck up-ice while center Justin Hickman dodges past and cuts down towards the goal.

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Despite defending for much of the period, the T-Birds still managed to earn 10 shots on Everett goalie Kent Simpson.

Right wing Burke Gallimore tries to slip the puck past Everett goalie Kent Simpson, but Simpson deflected the shot.

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And here Gallimore gets another shot on Simpson, although is again blocked.

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Center Luke Lockhart gets his chance in front of the Everett net but can’t bring in the puck to put it on goal.

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And here’s our first shot of Mr. Noebels.  This time he gets rebuked, but it’s fair to say that Marcel came out on top in the end…

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Note:  The Silvertips actually opened up the scoring with a power play goal about halfway through the period.  Naturally, my shot of it was blocked, which seemed to be one of the themes of the day for me (but more on that later).
Now we’ll move onto the second period…

And that’s it for photos from the second period!

What?  There are none from the middle part of the game?  Yeah, I noticed that, too.  I can’t tell you why, I just had a really bad game Sunday, which is too bad because the T-Birds played so well.  Anyway, to summarize the second period, Luke Lockhart evened the score at 1-1 with a powerplay goal 11 minutes in, and Marcel Noebels scored his first of the night just a minute after, also on a power play.

Anyways, for the third period I went to my normal spot between the benches, hoping to turn around my bad night and capture some photos of the T-Birds’ good one.  I did it, for the most part.  Check out some of what I got…

Goalie Calvin Pickard (bottom right) freezes the puck on his stomach while center Travis Toomey (right) tries to clear the puck before Everett right wing Parker Stanfield can put it in the net.

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Left wing Chance Lund brings the puck from behind the Everett net early in the third period.

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Possibly the most ironic part of that game (for me at least) was I got a photo that I really like on an otherwise lackluster night.  An Everett defender cleared the puck a bit into the period, and defenseman Ryan Button thought he had a chance at blocking the clearance, keeping the puck in Seattle’s attacking zone.  I managed to get a cool-looking photo of him falling to the ice and swinging for the puck.  He missed the puck but definitely earned his way onto the blog…

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Defenseman Erik Bonsor skates up the ice with the puck.

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And now that those are out of the way, let’s enter the Marcel Noebels portion of the night.  After the second goal (which came two minutes into the third period), I started to keep an eye out for him, knowing I’d need a good Noebels photo for the press release.  Here’s a nice portrait of him looking up ice at an Everett attacker.

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And here’s Noebels’ third goal, an open-netter with four minutes to go.

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It’s a hat trick, the first of Noebel’s WHL career!   Coming back to the bench, he raised his stick with a big grin on his face in celebration…

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With his hat trick in hand, Noebels wasn’t about to take a break, however.  Two minutes later, he added to his already terrific night and scored once more, making it four on the night and 25 on the season.  Here he celebrates with defenseman Austin Frank…

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And Lockhart(right) joined in on the celebration with Frank (left) and Noebels(middle).  Note the big grin still isn’t off Noebels’ face.  In fact, I bet it’s still there, a whole 24 hours after the game…

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One more note:  Sorry for the lack of goal photos today.  It just so happens for three of my five goals, my view of the play was blocked by either a ref or a defender.  I can’t do much about it, although I really wish that hadn’t of happened Sunday night.  Oh well, that’s just the way it is…

Enough of the sad talk though, THE T-BIRDS WIN!  They keep their playoff hopes alive and are playing pretty good hockey right now, I recommend you get down to the ShoWare Center before the end of the year and get your hockey fix in!
Want to congratulate Noebels?  Want to commiserate with me about the horrible timing of referees and defenders?  Do so in the comments section below!

‘Til  next time, go T-Birds!

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Game 24: T-Birds Greased by Oil Kings

Hello again T-Birds fans!  Sorry for the long time between posts lately, I’ve been busy with Seattle U. photos and have been dealing with computer problems.  It’s all fixed now, however, so I do have time for a quick post about Edmont0n.  A word of warning, though; I was without a 70-200mm zoom lens for that game, so I had just my 28-75mm lens and couldn’t get many close-ups.  I did get some, however, and here they are…

Left wing Chance Lund skates down-ice towards the Edmonton goal in the first period.

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Defenseman Erik Bonsor chases after the puck.

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Center Tyler Alos is checked against the boards in the offensive zone of the ice.

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Right wing Marcel Noebels keeps the puck away from Edmonton defenseman Marek Hrbas while attacking the Oil King goal.

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Noebels passes to an off-screen teammate in front of the Edmonton goal.

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Alos takes a shot on Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit in the second period.

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Noebels jostles for position to take the puck with Edmonton defenseman Mark Pysyk.

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Center Luke Lockhart battles for control of the puck with an Edmonton player in the corner of the T-Birds’ attacking third.

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Center Colin Jacobs skates with the puck past Edmonton center Travis Ewanyk.

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Jacobs tries to find a better angle for a shot on goal during the second period.

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Defenseman Erik Fleming fires a shot towards the Edmonton goal.

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Two fans celebrate left wing Mitch Elliot’s goal just two minutes into the third period.

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Defenseman Mitch Spooner clears a puck from the T-Birds’ defensive zone in the third period.

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Spooner eliminates an Edmonton attacker’s angle to the Seattle goal.

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And here Spooner stops a shot aimed at the Thunderbirds’ goal.

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Defenseman Austin Frank (right) blocks a centering pass from Edmonton center Colton Stephenson.

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Sorry for the small amount of photos, but at least now I know I shouldn’t use only a short-range lens to cover a complete game.  So I have that going for me…
Anyways, the T-Birds take on Portland tonight at 7 at the ShoWare Center.  Come on down to Kent and cheer on them on!

‘Til then, go T-Birds!


Game 23: T-Birds Drop Close One to Everett

I’ve always said that I watch each event I shoot twice: once while I shoot it and once more (at least) while going through the photos from that event.  While going through the photos, I often relive the game and see most of the plays in my head as I see photos of them on my computer screen.  It’s a skill I enjoy, for the most part, as knowing what’s going on in the photos really helps me to write better cutlines and give a good account of the photo’s significance according to the story of the game.  While going through the photos for this Everett game, though, nothing was coming back to me.  I wasn’t reliving the plays in my head, I couldn’t remember the significance of what was on my computer screen; it was like I wasn’t even at the game and looking through someone else’s photographs.

Why?  I can’t tell you for certain.  Maybe it was because I sick that day, or maybe I was exhausted from my two shoots the day before (the Portland/Teddy Bear Toss game and a Seattle U. women’s basketball game directly before it).  Whatever the reason, I can’t tell you what happened in that game so I won’t even attempt to.  Instead of commenting on the game in between photos like I normally do, I’ll post just photos, cutlines, and metadata.  To make up for no commentary, I’ll throw in more photos than normal.  Sound good?

Let’s get it started then…

A local hockey beginner gets to stand on the ice with the T-Birds during player introductions and the national anthem.

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Goalie Calvin Pickard stops an Everett shot from going into the net in the first period.

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Defenseman Austin Frank brings the puck out from behind the Seattle net with Everett right wing Cody Fowlie in hot pursuit.

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Left wing Chance Lund takes a shot on the Everett goal despite having Everett defenseman Rasmus Rissanen draped on his back.

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Left wing Chance Lund takes a shot on the Everett goal despite having Everett defenseman Rasmus Rissanen draped on his back.

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Calvin Pickard flips the puck after catching an Everett shot in the first period.

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Despite falling to the ice, Luke Lockhart tries to knock the puck away from Everett left wing Tyler Maxwell.

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Center Colin Jacobs (top right) and Everett’s Rissanen scramble for a loose puck between Seattle defenseman Brenden Dillon’s skates.

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Lockhart scrapes the puck away from the boards behind the Everett net in the second period.

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Jacobs checks Everett defenseman Brennan Yadlowski into the boards in the corner of the ice.

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Center Travis Toomey (middle) waits for a pass from Jacobs (right) in front of the Everett goal.

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Jacobs watches as a shot from Brenden Dillon (not pictured) flies by Everett goalie Kent Simpson (middle, bottom) and hits the back of the net.

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Everett’s Rissanen can’t clear Dillon’s shot before it crosses the red line and counts as a goal.

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Jacobs begins to celebrate Dillon’s goal.

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Jacobs’ celebration continues…

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Fans join in on celebrating the equalizing goal by Dillon.

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Familiar faces to this blog cheer on their favorite team after Dillon’s goal.

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Center Brendan Rouse watches as Everett center Clayton Cumiskey clears a loose puck from in front of Everett’s goal.

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Lockhart fires a slapshot onto the Everett goal in the third period.

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(I have no clue how the puck got behind Lockhart.  Maybe it was blocked back to him?)

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Lockhart hits the ice in front of the Everett goal, leaving Everett’s Simpson to freeze the loose puck and stop play.

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Dillon brings the puck up the ice during the third period.

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Jacobs brings the puck past Everett left wing Josh Winquist.

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Center Justin Hickman fires the puck past Elliot’s Maxwell and to an awaiting teammate.

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Jacobs (left) and right wing Burke Gallimore (right) discuss tactics while returning to the ice for a faceoff.

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Pickard stretches to block a shot from Everett center Parker Stanfield while Dillon (left) and defenseman Erik Bonsor (middle right) look on.

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Pickard makes another save, one of 31 on the night.

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Everett’s Simpson knocks away a shot from right wing Marcel Noebels (middle, facing camera).

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Pickard knocks down an Everett shot late in the game.

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Noebels takes a knee during a late break in the action.

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And that’s it for this post!  What do you think of this different format?  Do you like it?  Should I start using more photos and spend less time dissecting (at least trying to dissect) the game?  Let me knowbelow in the comments section!

‘Til next time, go T-Birds!

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Game 22: T-Birds, Teddy Bears Fall against Portland

Teddy Bear Toss night had finally arrived!  After going over to Kennewick for Tri-City’s Toss, I was looking forward to our own night to throw bears on the ice for charity, and last Saturday happened to be that night.  The T-Birds’ opponent that night was the Portland Winterhawks, a team the Thunderbirds have found plenty of success against so far this season.  Would the T-Birds be able to vanquish their rivals from the south again?  Would the T-Birds fans donate a tremendous amount of bears to charity?  Would Kyle manage to not screw up the Teddy Bear Toss photos?  Find out in this edition of Bird Watching!

To begin the photos, let’s check out yet another shot of Colin Jacobs making a face while I’m trying to get a photo of him.  In my three years of sports shooting, there’s always been one person who can never give me a straight face while I’m shooting his or her sport.  At the UW, it was one of my friends from the gymnastics team who’d always give me a weird face, and this year it’s Jacobs.  While going through my photos after a game, I can always enjoy a nice chuckle whenever Jacobs pops up because he’ll always make a face.  See for yourself…

Center Colin Jacobs makes a pass while being shoved by Portland center Ryan Johansen during the first period.

Canon 7D, 155mm, 2000 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

It being Teddy Bear Toss night, fans came to the game with stuffed animals in hand in hopes of a T-Birds goal and a chance to throw the furry toys onto the ice.  Until then, fans had to hold onto their donations and store them anywhere there was space.  Some fans, like this one, ended up sharing a chair with their bears.

A fan watches the action on the ice alongside two stuffed animals that will later be tossed onto the ice.

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Before the T-Birds could score a goal and make it rain teddy bears, they had to make sure Portland didn’t get a goal of their own.  Goalie Calvin Pickard made sure the Winterhawks wouldn’t get the first score on this play…

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It wasn’t just Portland controlling the puck for the first period; Seattle got 14 shots on Portland goalie Mac Carruth, including this one by right wing Burke Gallimore.

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Even Cool Bird had a bear to throw onto the ice for Teddy Bear Toss night…

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Thanks to passes by Tyler Alos and Colin Jacobs, center Travis Toomey found himself with the puck in space in front of the Portland goal.  He coolly fired the puck past Carruth for a score and promptly celebrated the feat with center Tyler Alos (bottom).

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And with that goal, the teddy bears began to fall from the stands and onto the ice!

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While bears were seemingly falling from the sky, I took the time to run down to the ice level (and I mean run: I nearly ran over a few suite attendants in my mad dash) to get some on ice photos of the beary special activities.  Anyone up for a game of 5,000-bear pickup?

Thunderbirds staffers pile bears onto tarps for easier transportation off the ice.

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The players even helped with the cleanup.  Here, defenseman Dave Sutter (foreground, right) and left wing Chance Lund (background, left) organize the bears into piles.

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Assistant Director of Operations Joey Ravotti tosses teddy bears onto a tarp in an effort to clear the ice of bears.

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Every sort of bear-collecting device imaginable was used to pick up the donated bears off the ice and transport them into the depths of the ShoWare Center for counting and packing.  Here, T-Birds staffers—and even Cool Bird himself—pack an SUV full of stuffed animals.

Cool Bird carries an armful (and also a beakful) of teddy bears to an on-ice transport car during the Teddy Bear Toss.

Not every bear tossed made it to the ice, unfortunately.  This furry friend got caught up in the protective netting above the glass at the south end of the rink.

A fan uses Marcel Noebel’s stick to attempt to dislodge a bear stuck in the netting above the ice at the ShoWare Center.

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A bit after play resumed, a ShoWare maintenance worker climbed the boards to free the stuck bear.

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And that does it for an exciting first period.  With the score tied at one, we’ll move onto the second period of action…

And let’s start out that action with a shot of Gallimore trying to get the lead back for the T-Birds with a shot on Carruth, which ended up being blocked.

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As is true for all games against US division foes, this game featured plenty of hard hits that elicited groans from not only the players being hit, but from the fans as well.

Chance Lund knocks Portland right wing Ty Rattie to the ice after Rattie attempted to dislodge the puck from Lund’s possession in the second period.

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Center Luke Lockhart wins a faceoff against Portland’s Johansen.

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For this next photo I had a lot of trouble deciding what crop to use.  I could have cropped it so just Calvin and the Portland attacker were shown, but I ultimately decided that defenseman Erik Bonsor was just too important in the photo as he’s knocking the puck away from the Portland player and Calvin wasn’t involved in the play at all.  What do you think?  Should I have cut off the left side up to Rutkowski and just showed Calvin and him?  Let me know in the comments section below!

Defenseman Erik Bonsor knocks the puck away from Portland defenseman Troy Rutkowski, eliminating the chance of a shot on Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard on the play.

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As usual, I didn’t get as many second period photos as first or third, so let’s just move on, shall we?

Center Brendan Rouse (center) and Portland right wing Ty Rattie compete for a puck while Seattle left wing Mitch Elliot watches on in the beginning of the third period.

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In the third period, the T-Bird offense was firing on all cylinders, earning a whopping 22 shots on goal in the period, just one less than they had in the first two periods combined.  Here’s one of those shots, this one by center Tyler Alos.

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In fact, for long amounts of time Calvin Pickard was relegated to puck-chaser often times as Portland sent many clearances down the ice.  Here, he’s retrieving a clearance so the offense can generate more scoring opportunities faster.

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Center Justin Hickman continued his physical play, checking Winterhawks into the boards often and without warning.  Here, he crushes his latest victim, Portland defenseman Joe Morrow, into the glass in the north end of the rink.

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Lockhart is brought to his knees while scrapping for the puck with Portland defensemen Rutdowski (left) and Morrow (right).

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During a Seattle powerplay late in the game, Portland used their timeout to plan how to kill the penalty.  The Thunderbirds also used this time to strategize and earn a goal or two that would get them back into the game.

Head coach Rob Sumner talks with his players during a time out late in the third period.

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During that power play the Thunderbirds did get a goal from Marcel Noebels to bring the score to 2-4.  Unfortunately my view of the actual goal was blocked, but I did get a celebration shot with Noebels (center), Toomey (left) and Lockhart (right).

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Fans showed their support to Noebels and the rest of the team by standing and cheering on the T-Birds after the goal.  One fan even bore the flag of Germany, Noebels’ home during the offseason.

A fan waves a German flag in support of Marcel Noebels after Noebels scored a third period goal.

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And let’s end the game photos with a shot of Lockhart stealing the puck away from Portland left wing Nino Niederreiter…

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Alright, that’s it for this post.  I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!  And a note:  T-Birds fans tossed a whopping 5,031 bears onto the ice and collected for the WAMR 106.9 Teddy Bear Patrol!  That’s a great number, good job guys (and gals)! The bears will be given out to local fire and police departments to give to children in times of crisis, so thanks for helping with that great cause!
Have any questions for me?  Comments?  Suggestions?  Let me know in the comment section below!

‘Til next time, go T-Birds!


Game 21: T-Birds Can’t Come Back, get Dropped by Kelowna

For the second game in a row, the Thunderbirds scored in the third period come within one goal of tying the game.  They couldn’t possibly pull off another amazing comeback again, could they?  Unfortunately not, seeing as Kelowna put two pucks in the back of Seattle’s empty net to ice (feel free to groan over that one) the game, which ended 6-3.

“But Kyle,” you must be thinking, “why are you starting with the third period.  There were two whole periods before the third; you should start at the beginning.”

Well fine then.  Let’s start at the beginning…

Ok, more like a few minutes into the first period…

Center Travis Toomey (left) checks Kelowna defenseman Damon Severson into the boards behind the Rockets’ goal.

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Shortly after that check, Toomey found himself in a position to test out Kelowna goalie Adam Brown.  He never got that opportunity to, however, as Severson knocked the puck away from Toomey just before the shot went off.

Toomey (left) has a shot blocked by Kelowna’s Damon Severson in the first period.

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Colin Jacobs seemed to be passing in front of my lens all night last Friday against Kelowna (although I didn’t end up using too many of those photos).  He had a nice night, scoring two goals and getting another point by assisting with Lockhart’s score.  Let’s start out the many photos of Colin with this simple frame of him racing down the ice.

Center Colin Jacobs (right) heads down the ice with Kelowna right wing Mitchell Callahan in pursuit.

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Speaking of Lockhart’s goal, let’s check out the shot that produced the rebound Lockhart fired into the back of the net, shall we?

Center Luke Lockhart takes a shot on the Kelowna goal.  Lockhart would fire the rebound that came off Rockets’ goalie Adam Brown into the net for the first goal of the game.

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As you may remember from a couple of earlier posts, I’m still not used to players (goalies not included) being able to stop the puck with their hands.   That said, I’m always looking to make a cool photo of that as it’s a good opportunity to capture a clear shot of a player’s face since he’ll be looking up while grabbing the puck.  Another opportunity to get this photo came against Kelowna when Rocket defenseman Colton Jobke leapt into the air to catch a puck.  I just this photo was in better focus.  And not so noisy (no, not the noise you can hear… noise in a photograph is the grain or speckles that are created into a photograph due to high ISOs and other factors)…

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The first period wasn’t spent all on offense by the T-Birds; they had to play a good deal of defense, too.  Here, Erik Bonsor knocks a puck away from an attacking Kelowna player.

Defenseman Erik Bonsor (left) knocks the puck away from Kelowna right wing Jessey Astles during the first period.

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Defenseman Brenden Dillon (right) clears a loose puck from in front of an open Seattle net  before Kelowna right wing Shane McColgan can knock it in for a goal.

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Since all of the suites were sold out that night, I shot the first period from the top row of the stands near the blue line in front of the visitors’ bench.  This ensured I could see the whole ice and not have to shoot from behind a net, but I did have to shoot over fans, something that isn’t very easy for me since I am by no means considered tall.  Every once in a while I’d have a shot blocked by fans coming down the stairs, something you just have to deal with.  A couple of them also left their seats a minute or so before the first period ended— presumably so they wouldn’t have to wait in line for concessions or the restroom—but happened to miss Jacobs’ first goal of the night, which came with just eighteen seconds left in the period.  Unfortunately I had my shot of the actual goal blocked, but people walking up the stairs did provide a nice foreground frame of Jacobs’ celebration…

Jacobs celebrates his first goal of the night, which came with just eighteen seconds left in the period.

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For the second period, I started out behind the Kelowna goal hoping to get some good shots of the T-Birds coming towards me on offense.  There were three of them I liked, so I’ll share them with you now…

Bonsor fires the puck towards the net and past Kelowna defenseman Zak Stebner during a power play in the second period.

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Center Justin Hickman (right) battles for possession of the puck with Kelowna defenseman Mitchell Chapman in the corner beside the Kelowna goal.

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Right wing Burke Gallimore (right) holds back Kelowna defenseman Damon Severson while bringing the puck down the ice towards the Kelowna net.

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Later on in the period, the Rockets were awarded a power play and I decided to venture down to the handicapped seating below section 116 for a better angle on the action.  I was rewarded for that move as I got this photo of Calvin Pickard blocking the net from a Kelowna attacker.

Goalie Calvin Pickard (right) prepares to block Kelowna defenseman Zak Stebner’s shot on goal.

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For the third period, I returned to the box between the benches after a few games away from it since I was giving a job shadow to a few high school students.  Even though I loved showing those guys (and gals) the basics of shooting sports, it was nice to return to the box for the third period.  Unfortunately I didn’t get many great photos from there, but there were a few that I don’t mind sharing with you… like this one of Colin, who has a very good view of the puck…

Jacobs watches as the puck drops to the ice after it was cleared from Kelowna end of the ice early in the third period.

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Bonsor stretches out in an effort to knock the puck away from Kelowna left wing Evan Bloodoff in the third period.

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Pickard gets a drink of water during a break in the action.  On the night, Pickard faced 36 shots on target, stopping 32 of them.

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And as our last photo, let’s show Lockart claiming possession of the puck during a faceoff, shall we?

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Sorry for the short post and relative lack of photos this time around.  It seems that I didn’t have a very good game last Friday.  Hopefully that’ll turn around tonight as the T-Birds take on the Portland Winterhawks.  If you’re coming to the game, don’t forget your teddy bears to throw onto the ice after the T-Bird’s first goal!  It’s Teddy Bear Toss night!

‘Til tonight, go T-Birds!

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Game 18: T-Birds Fly Past Silvertips

Last Friday night (Jan. 14), the Thunderbirds hosted Everett for just the second time this season (a fact that surprises me, especially considering we’ve played Tri-City three times before January).  That game, broadcast to the entire region by FSN Northwest, was another well-played home game, giving the Thunderbirds two straight 3-1 wins.  The building was electric for Everett and the tv cameras and everything, so I was amped up before the game started.  I was asked to get photos of the combined choir that sang the national anthem last night, so I spent the player introductions and pregame out on the ice, where I found this cool shot…

Center Luke Lockhart (middle) is bathed in a spotlight while being introduced to the crowd.

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/500th, Manual

Onto the game!  You will notice I don’t have any photos from above this time.  This is because as I was heading to my spot to shoot for the first period, my 70-200 lens (my primary one and the one that allows me to zoom in on the ice from the suite level) learned about gravity the hard way and decided to tumble to the concrete floor of the top level.  It had “a major impact”, as the guys at the camera repair shop would later say, and wouldn’t focus on anything.  I’d have to shoot the entire game with a 50mm prime lens (that means it doesn’t zoom in or out; its focal length is fixed at 50mm), a real challenge for me since I depend heavily on the added distance the 70-200 gives.  Enough with the technical talk, though, you’re not here for that.  Let’s move onto game talk and game photos…

One of the things I was looking for Friday night was photos of the two players the Thunderbirds recently traded for, defensemen Mitch Spooner and Ryan Button.  Since this was their first home game as Thunderbirds, I wanted to build up a couple of stock images for them.  Luckily Spooner was involved with the defense early on in the first period…

Newly-arrived defenseman Mitch Spooner fires the puck out of the T-Birds defensive corner and towards center ice.

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Spooner tries to shove Everett left wing Ryan Harrison off balance and away from the puck.

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This next shot isn’t normally a photo I’d take or publish in this blog—I much prefer to put action that shows the puck or a nice moment that most fans generally can’t see—but it is a decent-looking portrait of Colin Jacobs.  Chalk this one up to using that 50…

Center Colin Jacobs (right) and Everett left wing Tyler Maxwell chase after a cleared puck.

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And here are the same two players fighting over possession.  Funny how that turned out…

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For the first period, the shots on goal for each team were about even as Seattle had 15 and the Silvertips had 13.  Here, the Seattle defense clears out one of those shots…

Lockhart (left) clears a loose puck after an Everett shot in the first period.

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The biggest difference is that Seattle got two past Everett goalie Kent Simpson while Seattle netminder Calvin Pickard stopped all 13 shots taken on him.

Goalie Calvin Pickard puts a glove between the net and the puck after an Everett shot.

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

That does it for the first period, but before moving onto the second period, let’s focus on the first intermission.  We had a special intermission show: a proposal!  After the lucky lady scored a goal, the goalie popped off his mask, got on one knee (or is it one pad here), and popped the question…

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/5.6, 1/500th, Manual

And it’s a yes!  Congratulations you two, I hope you have a great life together.  Judging from the looks on your faces in the next photo, it’ll be a happy lifetime at that!

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/5.6, 1/500th, Manual

Ok, now we can move onto the second period.  I was again near the side of the north goal for that period.  This time, however, it was the Thunderbirds shooting at this goal.  Take, for example, this photo…

Newly-arrived defenseman Ryan Button takes a shot on goal during a power play in the second period.

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

The Thunderbirds again put 15 shots on the Everett goal.  Silvertip goalie Kent Simpson blocked 14 of them, including this particular shot.

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

There was one that went in, however.  Center Justin Hickman earned his first WHL point by assisting left wing Chance Lund with his goal about halfway through the period.  The two raised their hands in celebration of the goal.

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

Fans celebrated in a similar fashion, including this particular fellow named Erik…

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/640th, Manual

Center Connor Sanvido also had a good chance at his first of the season when he faced a loose puck in front of the Everett goal.  Everett defenseman Ryan Murray, however, got his stick in front of Sanvido’s and eliminated the opportunity for a shot.

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

That didn’t stop Sanvido, though, as he continued to jostle with Murray until the puck slid past the goal.

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

As I mentioned earlier, the game was broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest.  I got this gem during the second intermission of play-by-play voice Ian Furness and T-Birds Assistant General Manager Colin Campbell.

Ian Furness (left) interviews T-Birds Assistant General Manager Colin Campbell. 

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Now for the third period!  I split time between the handicap seating area near section 112 and Calvin’s Corner (which was unused).  I don’t really like the photos I got from the handicap section, so here’s another photo from in front of the north goal.  This was a particularly hard-fought faceoff…

Players pile on top of each other during a faceoff in the middle of the third period.

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

Late in the game, Everett pulled Simpson in an attempt to catch up to the T-Birds.  The Silvertips pulled an all-out attack, but the Seattle defense pulled out all the stops to keep the score at 3-1.

Defenseman Erik Bonsor hits the ice in an effort to block the path to the Seattle goal.

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

The Silvertips didn’t get a single goal, yet needed two to force overtime.  You know what that means: SEATTLE WINS!

The Thunderbirds rush onto the ice to celebrate the win over Everett with goalie Calvin Pickard.

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

That’s it for this blog post, T-Birds fans.  Tune in a bit later in the week for photos from Sunday’s game against Vancouver and to see if I managed to survive without my broken lens.

‘Til next time, go T-Birds!


Tri-City Away: Road Trip, Anyone?

I hope everyone had a great Christmas (I know I did, I got a lens!), but now it’s time to prepare for the second half of the WHL season!  I hope to get you in the mood for more T-Birds hockey with two posts in two days; today I’m (finally) writing up a post about my road trip to Kennewick to watch (and shoot) the Thunderbirds take on the Tri-City Americans on December 10 tonight/today (again I’m working past midnight), and a recap of the first half of the season in photos featuring the best images I’ve collected so far this year.   Check back tomorrow for that best-of post, but for now continue reading about the

As with my post about the catwalks, I have a video for you guys to watch and hopefully to enjoy.  Also like my catwalks post, the video is quite short in relation to the drive over as I didn’t film enough content to make a longer one.  I need to remember that for next time (maybe that’s why I need an assistant…).  Anyways, how about we start the video in the most natural starting point I know, in the middle of the trip!

Alright, everyone awake from your slumber and check out some photos!  Unfortunately there’s not too many—I had a really bad game in Tri-City—but there were some blog-worthy shots I’d like to share with you.  But first, here’s a photo I took from that vantage point off I-82 and an explanation on why I only shoot sports…

Canon 7D, 50mm, 1000 ISO, f/22, 1/500th, Manual

Now let’s fast-forward about 90 miles and five hours for our next photo, which takes place in the first period of the game (note: yeah, I’m skipping a lot of time.  Next time I travel to a game, I’ll be sure to take more photos and video of the stadium).  That night, December 10th, was the night of the American’s Teddy Bear Toss, when fans throw teddy bears onto the ice after the home team’s first goal.  Being new to hockey, I had no clue what was going on when all of these teddy bears were flying onto the ice, so I asked the fan I was sitting next to for an explanation.  Luckily she filled me in on the situation and I decided the oddity was worthy of a photo.

Goalie Calvin Pickard (left) chats with defenseman Erik Bonsor (center-left) while teddy bears are being cleaned off the ice during the Americans’ Teddy Bear Toss on Dec. 10.

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

The game was delayed for ten minutes while the bears were picked up off the ice.  Overall, I think 3,000 or so teddy bears were thrown onto the ice (and later donated to charity).  Not a bad number, but I’m pretty sure we can surpass that for our own Teddy Bear Toss Jan. 29!  And since I won’t be able to use this joke then, I might as well say it one last time here: that game was the first hockey game I’ve ever seen that was delayed by bears.

You guys can stop groaning now.

Seriously, you can.

Any time now.

Ok, you might as well let it all out at once….

Now that we’re done with that, let’s move on with the photos.  From my vantage point in the stands, I had a nice view of the Tri-City goal and plays on it from the left side.  In this photo, left wing Mitch Elliot tries to get a better angle on Tri-City goalie Drew Owsley.

Canon 7D, 135mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

From my vantage point, I also had a nice view of the Seattle goal.  Here, Pickard makes a nice stick-save of a Tri-City shot.

Canon 7D, 200mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

By now you’ve probably noticed that I have a lot of photos of certain players and less of others.  I’m always looking for more shots of the players I don’t have and managed to get one over in Kennewick.  Here, center Brendan Rouse battles for position to control the puck with Tri-City defenseman Drydn Dow.

Canon 7D, 170mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

And unfortunately here’s the last photo I have for you guys for this post (told you I had a really bad game).  Anyway, here’s defenseman Travis Bobbee (center) shielding the puck from Tri-City center Mason Wilgosh.

Canon 7D, 200mm, 1600 ISO, f/2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Sorry for the short post, but the video took a while to piece together (I’m still new and slow at working with videos).   Remember to check back tomorrow for the best photos from the first half of the season!

‘Til next time, go T-Birds!