I went to a second Peoria Rivermen hockey game last Friday, trusty camera in tow. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my trusty lens.
We sat in the second row behind the glass, so I thought I’d give the 18-55mm kit lens a shot. In theory it should be able to grab photos faster because of its (slightly) larger aperture, but almost all of the photos I shot were garbage. Bummer.
I did manage to capture one of the Rivs’ more exciting goals, though:
The Rivs knocked the Admirals goalie to the ground and put the puck in over his back. The Rivs scored twice within 30 seconds in the first period, but in the third the Admirals woke up and we had a 4-4 tie take us into overtime. Nobody scored during the overtime period, so they went to the shootout, which the Rivs took 2-0 after four shots. Final game score: 5-4 Rivs.
My son and I still had a great time, though, and nobody rammed our heads into a wall, unlike…
Despite the occasional clash, there were no fights in this game. That’s probably a good thing, but to me fights also indicate how amped up the players are. While the Rivermen did win, they spent the majority of the time on defense and their goalie, Mike McKenna, really had to stay busy. They would have had an easier time with a little more aggression.
I hope to go back soon. My second son wants to go again, and I’m really starting to enjoy live hockey. I’ll just have to remember the right lens next time.