did you say playoffs? High school ice hockey entered the New York State Sectional playoffs last week. All the cliches that come to mind became real to those participating. The games mean more. Win and survive. Lose and go home.
My high school never had a varsity hockey team I could have played for when I attended. Watching them last week, I pulled for the players and was envious of them. Photographing their playoff game I saw them in my viewfinder meet the challenge of a team they had lost to eight days before. Though I know the players had no idea what was happening, the actions of the winners and losers became apparent in the images below.
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One game elimination playoffs can make young men do some interesting things in the name of team unity. Like cut and dye your hair.
The importance of the first score of a playoff game is magnified as is the celebration.
Scores can happen in the strangest ways with the heightened tension making a simple play, tougher.
Players show their metal by holding off the other teams desperate attempts to tie the game.
Winning brings elation and knowledge there will be one more game to play.
Losing brings disappointment and condolences.
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