The Copper Hills Grizzlies hosted the Bonneville Lakers on Saturday afternoon in West Jordan for a No. 2 v. No. 3 match-up in the ULA Boys D-II quarterfinals with the Grizzlies out-gunning the Lakers, winning 20-17.
Copper Hills started the game on fire, scoring four straight goals by Jacob Willden, two goals by Daxton Sloan and Sam Taylor. However, as quickly as the lead came, it vanished as Bonneville scored four goals in two minutes to tie the game at 4. Alex Croyle kicked off the run with two goals for the Lakers followed by a pair of goals by Jared Johnson. Copper Hills regained the lead when Tanner Skadburg found twine for the Grizzlies but Bonneville were able to net two goals of their own to take a 6-5 lead after the first quarter.
Copper Hills scored the next five goals, giving them a 10-6 lead, but again the Lakers answered going on a two goal run to make the score 10-8. Both teams traded goals and then Willden added the final tally of the half with 51 seconds remaining to give the Grizzlies a 12-9 lead at halftime. The defenses for both sides were playing well, but the shot selection by each team was great, leading to high percentage shots that were converted. Neither team took long possessions which led to a high-scoring first half.
The second half was more of the same which made for a great game that excited the packed sideline. Copper Hills kicked of the scoring when defender Terick Zarogoza when he took it coast-to-coast, however, Bonneville won the third quarter by scoring four goals and only allowing two. In the fourth quarter, the Lakers would come within two goals with four minutes left, but Copper Hills was able to get a goal by Willden to make the lead three goals. Again the Lakers brought the game within two goals when Croyle found the back of the net with two minutes left, but the Grizzlies were able to come up with huge stops on the defensive end and iced the game with a goal with 7 seconds left, advancing with a 20-17 win.
Skadburg led the Grizzlies with 7 goals and 1 assist. Sloan finished with 5 goals. Brady Perry had 16 saves for the Grizzlies.
“We had a lot of heart,” said Copper Hills Head Coach Scott Park. “We don’t have a team full of superstars and I even thought Bonneville had the upper-hand on us with athleticism, but sometimes heart takes over and I think that’s what happened today.”
Bonneville ends their season with an 11-5 record which is their first winning season since 2011. Copper Hills moves on to the semifinals and will face the No. 1 seeded Sky View Bobcats. Copper Hills has won their last 10 games and will hope to continue their streak on Tuesday.
“This win makes our team believe,” said Park. “We had a down season last year and this win propels us.”
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