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Consistency For Pleasant Grove Pays Off in 16-10 Win Over Lone Peak

The Pleasant Grove Vikings faced rival Lone Peak on Tuesday night in Highland and came away with a 16-10 win. The Vikings played consistently from start to finish which helped secure the win and keep their playoff position high. Coming into the game, Pleasant Grove was holding down the No. 9 spot while Lone Peak was nipping at their heels at the No. 10 spot.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Pleasant Grove head coach Brae Burbidge. “We had to get this win to stay high in the rankings. If we would have lost, we would have dropped three or four spots and that would have been ugly.”
Lone Peak started the scoring when Ben Thornhill drove down the middle of the box, shot, had the ball saved, scooped up the rebound and dunked it in. Pleasant Grove answered with a three goal run with goals from Will Tribe, Chad Renslow and Ty Gassman. The first quarter ended with a 6-3 lead for the Vikings.
Lone Peak attackman Josh Stout scored two goals to begin the second quarter. The first was a top-of-the-box rip while in a manup opportunity and the second game on a dodge from the right side GLE. Stout was able to get around his defender and find space. Alec Moffitt scored for Pleasant Grove but then Lone Peak answered right back with two goals to tie the game at 7. Both teams traded goals before a Lone Peak targeting the head penalty gave the Vikings a manup opportunity for two minutes. Pleasant Grove capitalized with manup goals by Renslow and Wesley Norton to end the half with a 10-8 scoreline in favor of the visitors.
Pleasant Grove continued to play consistently throughout the remainder of the game, but the defense stepped up big in the third quarter by not allowing Lone Peak to score any goals. The Vikings offense continued to perform, notching three goals to extend its lead to five, making the score 13-8 at the end of three quarters.
The fourth quarter was more of the same with Lone Peak getting two goals and Pleasant Grove scoring three.
“For us it’s about intensity and going back to fundamentals,” said Burbidge. “We did a good job tonight so hopefully that carries us into a good spot next week.”
Pleasant Grove was led by Renslow and Gassman who each had 4 goals and 3 assists. Stout led Lone Peak with 5 goals and 2 assists. Lone Peak won 19 of 30 faceoffs. Each goalie, Zach Carter (Pleasant Grove) and Sean Wetsel (Lone Peak), had 13 saves.
Pleasant Grove will host Timpanogos in its season finale on Friday. Lone Peak will head to American Fork on the same day.

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