The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League are heading into the last part of their season. From now until mid-April, the Crunch will play two home games every weekend. Here are a few photos from last weekend’s games.
The team can always use isolation photos of the players. The best are when I can get them with the puck like I did above with Richard Panik (14) as he was bringing the puck into the offensive zone against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Hockey goalies are easier to isolate as they stay close to the net. The challenge with them is to time the shutter press as they make a save. Anders Lindback (39) was going down to block a shot and I caught the puck as it hit him in the chest.
The next night, the Adirondack Phantoms came to town and the Crunch got on a roll in the second period scoring three goals. The best of the three came on a fast passing play which I anticipated and captured the resolution of the play as Dana Tyrell (42) fired in the puck past the Phantoms’ netminder.
When play stops for face-offs, it gives me an opportunity to photograph the game within a game. Here, Tanner Richard (71) stares down his opponent in the face-off circle before the linesmen dropped the puck.
The rest of the season should be full of more great moments to photograph and show. Hold on to your helmets!