10 Shot – HS Hockey – Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

HS Hockey – Gators tangle with Mustangs

The Ralston Valley Mustang hockey team hung their 2013 CHSAA 5A State Hockey Championship banner Tuesday night.  This was prior to the start of the non-league game against the Standley Lake Gators, a team the Mustangs knocked out of the State Championship playoffs last season.  And the Mustangs backed up their title.  They scored in the first period, and the Gators tied it up, but then the Mustangs went wild, netting 5 more goals to win the game 6-1.  This took the Mustangs to 4-0 on the season.  It was about this time last season that I said we could be looking at the state champions right here.  Well, right now, as I write this on December 18th, 2013, I think we are seeing a back to back championship team.  It is going to be a tough run for that second state title.  The Mustangs have a target on their back and every team will be looking to take them down, but they have out scored their opponents 31-4 through the first 4 games.

Here is my 10 Shot from the game.

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: The Ralston Valley Mustangs 2013 5A Hockey State Championship is unveiled Tuesday night prior to the non-conference game against the Standley Lake Gators at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: Three of the Ralston Valley Mustang starters stand with a honorary Mustang during player introductions prior to the non-conference game against the Standley Lake Gators at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs senior defenseman Alec Lemmon (5) brings the puck around the back of the net during the game against the Standley Lake Gators at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs goalie Zack LaRocque (31) controls the puck in the game against the Standley Lake Gators at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: Standley Lake Gators goalie Ryan Young (1) blocks a shot on goal in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs junior defenseman Martin Bakula (18) controls the puck in the game against the Standley Lake Gators at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs sophomore forward Cody Noel (6) takes a shot in the game against the Standley Lake Gators at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: Standley Lake Gators goalie Ryan Young (1) drops to the ice to defend the goal in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

How come referees and officials never looked like this when I was in high school?

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: The referee checks players behind her prior to a face off in the game between the Standley Lake Gators and the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

10 Shot - HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

December 17, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs senior defenseman Noah Hemzacek (3) brings the puck up the ice in the game against the Standley Lake Gators at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

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