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East Plays Four Solid Quarters to Push Past Hard-Hitting Lehi

The East High Leopards took on the Lehi Pioneers Friday afternoon in Salt Lake in a well-played, fast-paced, hard-hitting game. East was a team playing well and clicking on all cylinders tonight with 8 different players scoring against a hard-hitting Lehi team. East was able to start fast and finish all 4 quarters to come out on top with a score of 13-4.
The Pioneers came out fast with two quick possessions that ended with two good looks on cage and the Leopards responded with another 4 possessions that ended with them breaking the ice to score the first goal of the game and they never trailed in the game. East took a fast 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and kept coming strong in the 2nd adding another 2 goals. Lehi responded with 2 of their own to finish the half with a score of 5-2 for East.
Dalton HoopesAs the second half began, East came out hot adding two goals early in the third quarter. Lehi began the 3rd quarter adding another goal, and East went on to finish the game strong with 6 goals in the 4th quarter to take down the Pioneers.
This game featured two outstanding goalies: East’s freshman attackman-turned-goalie Dalton Hoopes saved 8 out of 12 shots, making some incredible saves. Lehi goalie Kimball Hansen saved 14 out of 27 shots, making extremely difficult saves to keep the game close through the first half. Both goalies made outstanding saves in the cage making this game very competitive and fun to watch.
Another storyline tonight was East face-off guy Mikey Vetter: a 4-year starter who put up an 85% faceoff win percentage against the Pioneers. Coach Ryan Cantwell said of Vetter, “…if he does lose the draw, he’s going after the ground ball and he’s going to get the possession” he continued to say that “…he works really hard and he’s done really well over the past 4 years at developing himself into a good faceoff guy”.East v Lehi 2016 2
Both teams have a lot of positives to look at and build on for the future of the respective programs. Lehi was a tough physical team that never allowed the opposing team to shoot without finishing a check and making sure the Leopards earned every goal. East moved the ball well and has a very well balanced offense that can put up big numbers with many different players.
East will face a stiff test against Juan Diego next Tuesday, April 5 at 4:30 pm, while Lehi will take Spring Break next week before their rivalry game with Westlake on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:30 pm.

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