It felt good to be back in the local ice rink photographing a high school hockey game last Friday night. The game featured the New York state number one ranked West Genesee Wildcats being hosted by the Baldwinsville Bees. With the Bees trailing the Wildcats by one game in the Central New York High School Hockey League (CNYHSHL) Division I standings, both teams knew it was a big game. The bleachers were packed with family, students and fans from both teams creating an electric atmosphere. The Baldwinsville High School Band was in attendance and entertained the crowd before and during the game adding to the sounds of skating, sticks slapping pucks and bodies being hit into the ice rink boards.
I wish I could say it was a good game. West Genesee kept the puck in the Baldwinsville end for most of the game and ended up winning 4 to 0. The Bees will need to improve quite a bit if they expect to meet the Wildcats again in the playoffs come March.
With around six minutes to go in the game there was a lot of action in front of the Baldwinsville net and West Genesee scored. In the melee, the starting goaltender for Baldwinsville, Mark Miller, was injured. The backup goalie, Chris Johns, came out to finish the game. It is not often you see a goalie mask at this level as nice as Chris’ with it’s angry bee and Baldwinsville color scheme.
I’ll be covering more Baldwinsville hockey games over the next few weeks so look for lots of exciting hockey photos being featured here.