Hockey, eh?

I don’t really consider myself a hockey photographer by any stretch. I didn’t grow up playing it, nor have I ever really found much enjoyment watching it. But, it’s not hard to understand why people like it.

The action’s fast, and there’s always a lot of contact — usually a good recipe for making decent pictures. I don’t photograph hockey very often. So, the few times that I do, it’s usually an exercise in patience and frustration as I try to fumble my way through a game trying to get something in focus.

This time around, I covered the NCAA Northeast Region Championship game at the DCU Center in Worcester, where Yale and Boston College squared off for a trip to Detroit to play in the Frozen Four. It was a high scoring, fast-paced game, with BC coming out on top, 9-7. Here are some selects from the night:

3.28.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — BC defenseman Carl Sneep, facing, is mobbed by teammates after scoring on a 150-foot shot against Yale in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at the DCU Center in Worcester on Mar. 28, 2010.

3.28.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — BC forward Cam Atkinson gets tangled up with the stick of Yale forward Denny Kearney in the second period of the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at the DCU Center in Worcester on Mar. 28, 2010.

3.28.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — BC forward Brian Gibbons, left, is greeted by forward Cam Atkinson after scoring the first goal of the game against Yale in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at the DCU Center in Worcester on Mar. 28, 2010.

3.28.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — BC forward Cam Atkinson breaks away from Yale defenseman Tom Dignard to score in the third period of BC's 9-7 win in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at the DCU Center in Worcester on Mar. 28, 2010.

3.28.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — BC forward Ben Smith gets pinned against the boards by Yale defenseman Tom Dignard in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at the DCU Center in Worcester on Mar. 28, 2010.

3.28.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — The BC bench clears in the closing seconds of their 9-7 victory over Yale in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at the DCU Center in Worcester on Mar. 28, 2010.

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