2013 High School Hockey Kent Denver at Ralston Valley

Coming off of a 2-1 loss to Chatfield last week, Ralston Valley was all business as they took the ice last night to face the visiting Kent Denver Sun Devils at the Apex Center Ice Arena in Arvada.

February 4th, 2013: A honorary Mustang is introduced prior to the game between Kent Denver and Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

February 4th, 2013: A honorary Mustang is introduced prior to the game between Kent Denver and Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

The Ralston Valley Mustangs always bring on a youth hockey player during pre game team introductions as a Honorary Mustang.  This is great.  I wish more sports would adopt this.  It gets kids excited about playing hockey or whatever sport and growing up to be a “Mustang”.

February 4th, 2013: Senior Ralston Valley Mustang forward Nathan Mikesell chases after the puck in the game between the Kent Denver Sun Devils and Ralston Valley Mustangs at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

February 4th, 2013: Senior Ralston Valley Mustang forward Nathan Mikesell chases after the puck in the game between the Kent Denver Sun Devils and Ralston Valley Mustangs at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

Seconds after the puck was dropped, Ralston Valley netted their first goal and soon after that, they netted another goal.  Kent Denver somehow found the back of the goal themselves, and after one period of play, with RV adding a couple more goals, the Mustangs were up by a score of 4 to 1.

February 4th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustang forward Tanner West (8) and Kent Denver Sun Devils Mikhail Chowdhury (17) try to get control of the puck in their game at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

February 4th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustang forward Tanner West (8) and Kent Denver Sun Devils Mikhail Chowdhury (17) try to get control of the puck in their game at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

I set up a remote camera in the corner of the rink to see if I could get anything.  Typically with remotes you miss a lot, but every once in a while you get a keeper.  Out of 5 games I have shot remotes with, I finally got one useable shot!  It is above…almost looks like they are brawling, doesn’t it?  Nope, just trying to kick the puck free.

February 4th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustang junior defenseman Nick Wiemelt (25) slaps a shot in the game between Kent Denver and Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

February 4th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustang junior defenseman Nick Wiemelt (25) slaps a shot in the game between Kent Denver and Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

When the second period started, RV was not going to let up on the visiting Sun Devils.  In the second period, RV netted another two goals and it looked like we would be going into a running clock for the third period, but again, somehow, Kent Denver snuck a shot past the RV goalie to set the score at the end of 2 periods at 6-2.

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils goalie Zack Van Sky eyes the puck as it is shot at him in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils goalie Zack Van Sky eyes the puck as it is shot at him in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

The Mustangs were on their game all night.  At around the 9 minute mark of the 3rd period they went up by 5 goals on Kent Denver and we were in a running clock mercy rule.  This makes the night go very quickly.

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils goalie Zack Van Sky watches the puck as it crosses the goal line in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils goalie Zack Van Sky watches the puck as it crosses the goal line in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

Even with the running clock, the Kent Denver goalie, Zack Van Sky had a lot of shots sent his way.  He got his glove or stick on quite a few of those shots, but unfortunately for the Sun Devils, he did let a total of 8 pucks get by him.

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils goalie Zack Van Sky eyes the puck for a glove save as it is shot at him in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils goalie Zack Van Sky eyes the puck for a glove save as it is shot at him in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

Ralston Valley would end up winning 8-2, and that improved them to 12-2 on the season (8-1 in conference play).  One non-conference loss came in a pre season game against Standley Lake.  Tomorrow night, Wednesday, the 6th, Ralston Valley gets a chance for payback as the Standley Lake Gators visit the Apex Center for the Conference match up.

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils Will Fehr controls the puck in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils Will Fehr controls the puck in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

Kent Denver fell to 1-10 in league play, and 3-11 overall.  Next up for Kent Denver will be a home game against Mullin High School who are 9-7-1 on the season.

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils Will Fehr controls the puck in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

February 4th, 2013: Kent Denver Sun Devils Will Fehr controls the puck in the game against Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada, CO

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