10 Shot – HS Hockey – Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

HS Hockey – Let it Begin

I felt kind of bad for the Pueblo County Hornets (9-8-2).  Facing the number one seed in any first round game is not easy, but when it is the undefeated Ralston Valley Mustangs (19-0-0), and that they are the defending state championships, makes it even harder.  And to drive the almost 2 hours for the game added to how bad I felt for the Hornets.

The Hornets skated well, but it was over very quick for their first round game as the Mustangs scored 4 unanswered goals in the first period.  Within the first two minutes of the second period were were in a mercy rule running clock.  The Mustangs had little problem with the under matched Hornets, defeating them 10-0.  This matched the Mustangs up against Bishop Machebeuf for the next night with the winner headed to the Denver Coliseum next Friday for the Frozen Four.

Not taking anything away from Pueblo, because they did make it to the playoffs, but it was not much of a game for the Mustangs.  With Basketball, the top seed gets a first round buy, maybe CHSAA should look at something like that for the hockey playoffs.

Anyway, here is my 10 Shot from the game.

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: Pueblo County Hornets forward Weston Grinstead (5) controls the puck in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: Ralston Valley Mustangs forward Tyler Morpurgo (87) takes the puck around the goal in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Pueblo County Hornets at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: Pueblo County Hornets forward Sydney Harris (13) and Ralston Valley Mustangs forward Blake Davies (20) head toward the puck as it comes to the corner of the rink in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: Two Pueblo County Hornets fall in front of their goal as they try to stop as shot by the Ralston Valley Mustangs in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: Ralston Valley Mustangs forward Greg Dyba (7) attempts to deflect a shot into the net in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Pueblo County Hornets at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: Pueblo County Hornets forward Kyle Naylor (6) fires the puck towards the goal in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: Ralston Valley Mustangs defenseman Nick Wiemelt (25) makes a move toward the puck in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Pueblo County Hornets at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: Pueblo County Hornets defenseman Kraig Smith (19) attempts to clear the puck in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: What do you do when you fall on another fallen player and slide down the ice? Ralston Valley Mustangs defenseman Joe Millar (10) shows a variation of Superman in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Pueblo County Hornets at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Pueblo County at Ralston Valley

February 21, 2014: Ralston Valley Mustangs defenseman Joe Millar (10) sends the puck down the ice in the CHSAA Hockey State Championship First Round game against the Pueblo County Hornets at the APEX Center in Arvada, CO

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