2012 HS Hockey Cherry Creek at Ralston Valley

I photographed the Ralston Valley and Cherry Creek hockey game on Tuesday night at the APEX Center in Arvada.  I was hoping for a good game after the last two Ralston Valley games I had photographed were blow outs by RV.  The last game for Ralston Valley was a away game against Standley Lake which they lost 4-3, so I was expecting a good game here.

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player brings the puck down the ice with a Cherry Creek player giving chase in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player brings the puck down the ice with a Cherry Creek player giving chase in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

I showed up at the arena ready to try something new for high school hockey.  I was all set to use a remote camera on the corner of the rink shooting through the glass.  I had my mount ready, the camera with me, and once I got everything ready, I realized I left that camera’s battery at home.  DOH!  Next game I will have it up and running.

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player controls the puck in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player controls the puck in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

The first period was great.  Both teams had good action going, but were held scoreless.  It looked like this was going to be a close game with some good hockey action in it.

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player and a Cherry Creek player chase after the puck in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player and a Cherry Creek player chase after the puck in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

In the second period, things changed.  Ralston Valley unloaded for 3 goals in the second, and only gave up one goal.  It looked at times like Cherry Creek forgot how to handle the puck.  A very different look from the 1st period.

December 18, 2012: The Ralston Valley goalie sets up for a shot on goal in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: The Ralston Valley goalie sets up for a shot on goal in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

When the third period started, Ralston Valley continued their dominance, adding 3 more goals to take a 6-1 win over the visiting team from Cherry Creek.

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player tries to get control of the puck as a Cherry Creek player tries to knock the puck away in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player tries to get control of the puck as a Cherry Creek player tries to knock the puck away in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

I got a little better coverage from my lights, but I was really disappointed in myself for forgetting my battery for my second camera.  There seemed to be a lot of action in that one corner I planned on using it in.  Figures.  Hopefully when I do get the remote up, action will continue to happen there.

December 18, 2012: The Cherry Creek goalie lies on the ice after allowing a goal in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: The Cherry Creek goalie lies on the ice after allowing a goal in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

I kind of liked the shot above of the goalie from Cherry Creek on the ice.  The look on his face was almost like…nobody saw that, right?

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player and a Cherry Creek player trie to get the puck in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: A Ralston Valley hockey player and a Cherry Creek player trie to get the puck in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

For the 2nd and 3rd period, Ralston Valley just dominated the puck.  Even when on Power Plays, there was little Cherry Creek could do.  I still think that RV is going to be the team to beat this season.

December 18, 2012: The Cherry Creek goalie deflects a shot in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: The Cherry Creek goalie deflects a shot in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

The shot above and bellow kind of made me laugh.  I thought it was funny that I would get two shots of the puck floating in front of the goalie, but these two shots, taken 8 minutes apart, show that I did.

December 18, 2012: The Cherry Creek goalie tries to grab a deflected shot in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: The Cherry Creek goalie tries to grab a deflected shot in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

Cherry Creek had a lot of opportunities to score, they just either could not get the shots off, or missed the goal completely.  It was too bad.  It looked like the game could have been a lot closer, but RV controlled most of the game.

December 18, 2012: A Cherry Creek player slaps a shot in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

December 18, 2012: A Cherry Creek player slaps a shot in the game between Cherry Creek and Ralston Valley at the APEX Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

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