2013 High School Hockey – Columbine at Standley Lake

On the first Friday of the New Year non of my regular schools had a home game, boy’s or girl’s, except for Standley Lake.  They were playing a home hockey game.  However, their home ice is at the Ice Arena at the Promenade in Westminster.  I had never been here before, but, I like shooting hockey, and it was the only game for me on this night, so I headed over to the Promenade.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator clears the puck from behind the net in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator clears the puck from behind the net in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

I had driven by the Promenade area before, but never really looked at the area.  Wow, have I been missing out.  This is a great area.  A Dave and Busters, a 24 screen theater, a bowling alley, the Ice Arena with three rinks, and a lot more restaurants.  It was a great entertainment complex.  The only thing it was missing was a roller rink and a rock wall.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator skates down the ice in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator skates down the ice in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

When I got to the rink, I found a parking spot and headed in.  I found the rink the Standley Lake and Columbine would be playing on and started scouting it so I could figure out where to place my strobes.  I typically like shooting hockey strobed with at least three strobes.  4 is better, 6 is ideal.  But this arena was not going to be easy.  On one side of the rink, there was a plug in, and room for my 13 foot light stand, but on the other side, there were no plug ins in a good location for a second or third strobe.  I ended up setting up a second light in the bleacher area, rigging my 7 foot light stand to a hand rail because there was no room to set the stand up without people tripping over it.  These two lights were going to barely give me coverage of half the ice.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator brings the puck down the ice the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator brings the puck down the ice the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

Another drawback of this rink was the glass was 8 feet high all the way around except at the player benches.  And with no holes cut in the glass, that meant shooting either through the dirty, scuffed glass or up in the bleachers.  Unfortunately, the bleachers really were not high enough to shoot from and get over the glass, and so I headed down to shoot through the glass.

January 4th, 2013: The Columbine Rebel goalie watches the puck in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

January 4th, 2013: The Columbine Rebel goalie watches the puck in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

Shooting through the glass, you can get glare, the scuffs and scratches can confuse the autofocus of todays cameras, and they can also degrade the image quality.  You also have to adjust your exposure a bit for shooting through glass.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator takes control of the puck in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator takes control of the puck in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

My two lights just were not enough to give me the light quality that I really wanted, but I had to make do.  I had not shot Standley Lake hockey before, but, they had beaten Ralston Valley, who I think is the team to beat for the State Championship this year, and I had no clue how good Columbine was going into this game.

January 4th, 2013: A Columbine Rebel player brings the puck down the ice in the game against the Standley Lake Gators at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

January 4th, 2013: A Columbine Rebel player brings the puck down the ice in the game against the Standley Lake Gators at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

Standley Lake is a good team, but I was not really wowed by them.  Columbine looked ok.  The boys knew how to skate, and I saw some hockey talent, but they really did not have a team attitude yet.  The Gator’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead after on period, and both teams went scoreless in the second period.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator takes the puck out of the zone in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

January 4th, 2013: A Standley Lake Gator takes the puck out of the zone in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

Lake added on 3 goals in the final period, but Columbine started to come together and finally found the back of the net two times in the 3rd period but were unable to dig out of the hole the Gator’s had put them in early.  Lake would go on to beat the visiting Rebels 5-2.

 

January 4th, 2013: The Standley Lake Gator goalie in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

January 4th, 2013: The Standley Lake Gator goalie in the game against the Columbine Rebels at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, CO on Friday night.

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