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A Tale of Two Halves: Third Quarter Surge Pushes Skyline over Waterford

Friday afternoon Waterford and Skyline met at Waterford and this game was a game of two halves. The first half was all about defense and impressive saves by the respective keepers. The second half quickly changed what had been a close game; Skyline’s offense found their stride and were able to pour it on in the second half, opening up a comfortable lead that allowed them to cruise to a 9-2 victory.
Skyline put in two goals in the first quarter and then Waterford responded with one of their own in the second. Both teams had difficulties getting their offenses going in part because of difficulties clearing the ball: in the half there were a number of failure to advance penalties called which had a direct impact on the score at the end of the half. At the close of the first half the score was of 3-1 in favor of skyline.
Skyline Waterford 2As the second half began, any problem Skyline had with offense ended. They went on to score 4 goals in the third quarter to pull away and never look back. Number 12 Lane Kadish took over the forth quarter with 3 goals. The first a dodge down the middle, second a beautiful high to high snipe to the top corner from 15 yards out, and third a great dodge along the crease from X.
Coach Dan Schmidt said when asked about the game, “Well played by both sides. We knew coming in the game Waterford is very disciplined, not the deepest team, but they can catch and throw and move off ball really well and you have to be on point at all times on defense or they take advantage of your mistakes.” He went on to say that Skyline “rely heavily on Lane Kadish and he had a great day”. He said that they talk a lot about the goal-to-turnover ratio and how important that is. He was happy that his team got it settled down in the second half and was able to pull away.
He spoke of his Goalie Oliver Dalrymple who played very well only allowing 1 goal on 10 shots on net. He said, “he’s really young…and playing very well.” He continued “you can’t say enough about him, he clears the ball really well, he is really calm and focused in the cage”.
In a game dominated by Skyline’s goalie and offense (in the third quarter), Waterford had a number of bright spots with good shots on goal, good looks on cage, and a few unfortunate shots off the post. They tacked on one last goal at the end of the fourth quarter to end the game on a high note and have a lot of potential for the future.
The game ended with a 9-2 score and both programs have a lot to build on and bright futures with young teams looking towards future success.

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