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Boys: No. 3 Brighton Takes Down Undefeated No. 2 Judge

The Brighton Bengals ran past the Judge Bulldogs on Friday to claim the Salt Lake Conference title by a score of 10-7.  Brighton was just too aggressive for Judge to keep up and took control of the game by outrunning The Bulldogs.
Brighton got the scoring started with a goal coming from Senior Attackmen Kurt Pascoe.  Judge answered back with a goal from Senior Attackmen Patrick Griffin.  The Bulldogs and Bengals each got one more goal in the first ending the period at 2 each.  Both teams played an even first quarter but Brighton had much more opportunities to score.  Judges Junior Keeper Matthew Crispo kept the Bulldogs in the game with 5 saves in the first quarter.
The Bengals took the game over in the second quarter, winning 4 out of 5 face offs and pushing the tempo for fast break chances.  Neither team scored until 7:53 left in the second when Brighton Senior Attackmen Jayden Haws took over.  Brighton went on a 4–0 scoring run in the second in a span of 3 total minutes.  The Bengals rode the great play of Haws to a 6-2 lead at the half.  Haws had 2 goals and 1 assist in the second quarter.
Judge came out much improved in the second half upping their intensity.  The Bulldogs scored the first two of the second half, both unassisted, one from Griffin, and one from Junior Midfielder Brian Allen.  Brighton wouldn’t let Judge any closer in the 3rd answering back with two of their own to push the lead back to 4.
Judge just couldn’t catch up in the fourth quarter, going back and forth once again with Brighton.  Each team had scored twice in the fourth quarter, keeping the Bulldogs out of reach.  Griffin did score one more goal with time expiring to tend the game at 10-7, but goals like that are always bitter sweet.
Griffin led the way for Judge with 2 goals and 2 assists with Middie Brian Allen recording 1 goal and 3 assists.  Senior Midfielder Zach Knettles had 2 goals for the bulldogs as well.  Goalie Matthew Crispo had 12 saves for Judge, helping them stay in the game.
Haws had a great game for Brighton recording 4 goals and 1 assist, really taking control of the game for the Bengals.  Senior Midfielder Dillon Tran played another good one for Brighton as well recording 1 goal and 2 assists.  The Bengals had 7 other players get in on scoring, including Junior Midfielder Chase Paulson who had 1 goal and 1 assist.  Senior Goalie Nate Wilkinson had 7 saves for Brighton, with arguably his best game of the year coming against a top opponent.
With the win, Brighton secured a number one seed in the playoffs and a Salt Lake Conference Championship.  Judge should have a second seed in the playoffs, and both teams will have home field advantage until the semifinals.  If both teams make it through their side of the bracket unharmed, The Bengals and Bulldogs could meet in the championship game.

  1. You must really have a crush on the Salt Lake Conference, because in nearly all your articles you talk about Brighton meeting Judge in the championship game as a possibility. In thy case of #1 & #2 from a conference meeting, Weber and Bountiful, Bingham and Copper Hills, and how bout 2 teams that beat Brighton BOTH being from the SOUTH conference and the #1 & #2 seeds from their conference respectively.
    Don't get me wrong, I REALLY like your articles, but someone has to be critical right?!
    On another note- if Bingham beats Waterford, it will put Bingham as the 1 seed and a CAKE WALK for Judge to the final 4.

  2. Well I do live in the salt lake area so i have better access to the games. I will be hitting Bingham vs. Waterford today so look for that article.
    If no one is critical then no one will post, so thanks for the comment!
    After taking down Copper Hills, bingham has to be a hot team right now.

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