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I'm almost never happy with the lighting, there's not much I can do aside from strobing the rinks which isn't going to happen. I recently shot an outdoor game during the day and it was great except for dealing with shadows.
It took a lot of convincing, my wife commutes to work on the train with the head coach so she buttered him up for me plus I offered a few shots to the town for usage. I'm still working on his travel team to let me rig up the goal when we're playing home games.
It takes me about 20 minutes with the goal to set up, with the goal preferably off the ice as I'm laying on my side to tighten up the clamps once I have it aligned. For focus, I'm leaving it up to the camera to choose the focus point and leaving the camera on AF-C. So far it's worked for me. I've talked to others with a similar setup and no one is sold on AF vs MF or using center point vs letting the camera pick the focus point. DOF at 15mm is pretty large so everything from the goalie forward should be in focus no matter what even at f2.8-f4.
The best thing I got for setup is the Cam Ranger... I'm not leaving it connected but I'm plugging it into the camera and using my iPhone to aim the camera. It's made setting up remote cameras a little quicker as I can look through the live view.
They lost the game 8-7, it's a house league with a lot of kids who have never played before. I think they have at least 1 ringer on each team as it was the same kid who scored almost every goal on my son. When we do this league with him as a skater he's usually the ringer, he's scored 10 plus times in a single game. I was shooting from the bench and the kids were asking me questions about the game, lol...
I don't get to use it much but I have it and I figure it ups my marketability as opposed to the tons of other photographers around here...