10 Shot – HS Hockey – Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

HS Hockey – First Round, Game 1 -APEX

For the second year in a row the APEX Center would host the first and second round of one of the brackets for the Colorado State Championship.  The first game looked to be a good one with the Dakota Ridge Eagles coming in with a 12-3-4 record facing off against the Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes and their 12-6-1 record.

Both teams would score a goal in the first period.  In the second period the Buffaloes would take the advantage scoring the only goal.  Trailing 2-1 in the third, Dakota Ridge pulled their goalie and was able to tie the game up.

We were off to overtime.  Which was an adventure.  When regulation ended, the officials on the ice had no idea what the rules were for OT.  The four officials waiting for game 2 had no idea.  It took the director of hockey operations for the APEX Center calling CHSAA to find out that it was a 5 minute 5 on 5 sudden death period, and would continue that way until there is a winner.

In the OT period, all bets were on Dakota Ridge.  They were playing a good game, and the Machebeuf goalie had a bad habit of leaving the front of the goal with Eagles on the attack.  At one point in the game he fell down behind his goal with Dakota Ridge going after the puck, something that should have cost the Buffaloes the game, but they lucked out and found the back of the net to win the game 3-2 and advance to the second round.

Here is my 10 Shot from the game.

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: Dakota Ridge Eagles forward Zach Williams (12) takes the puck down the ice with the Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes giving chase in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes sophomore forward Noah Hernandez (12) controls the puck in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Dakota Ridge Eagles at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes junior defenseman David Belfance (18) attempts to keep the puck away from a Dakota Ridge Eagles player in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: Dakota Ridge Eagles defenseman Matthew Moscati (6) delivers a hard check on Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes junior forward Ian Baker (2) in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: Dakota Ridge Eagles forward Joey Dolce (16) battles for the puck with the Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes senior defender Jess Randol (11) in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: Dakota Ridge Eagles forward Zach Williams (12) and Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes junior defender Anders Saarela (3) go after the puck in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: Dakota Ridge Eagles goalie Jeff Hart (30) attempts a stick save in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: Dakota Ridge Eagles forward Reed Hoogenboom (18) waits in front of the goal for a pass as Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes senior goalie Alan Rickli (30) sets to block the puck in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

For the next photo, I kind of wish I was focused on the official in the background.  He made a great face before he dove to the ice.

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: As Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes senior goalie Alan Rickli (30) tries to grab a wide shot with his glove, a official behind him dives out of the way of the puck the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Dakota Ridge Eagles at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Dakota Ridge at Bishop Machebeuf

February 21, 2014: Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes senior defenseman Jess Randol (11) gains control of the puck from Dakota Ridge Eagles forward Joey Dolce (16) in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

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