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James Parkin (Highland) faces off against Michael Vetter (East)

The East Leopards beat rival Highland on Saturday morning in a game played in the East High School Stadium by the score of 9-4.
Highland controlled the possession for the first half of the first quarter. East was unable to connect passes in their half of the field, giving the Rams good opportunities to score. The Rams scored first at the 9:44 mark when McKinnley McDonald scored on a man-up opportunity to give the visitors and early advantage. East tied the game 3 minutes later when Sam Parkin had a wrap around goal from X and bounced it into the back of the net. With time running low in the first quarter, Ki Easterwood ran like he was going to take it to X but then made a nice dodge to the middle of the field and was able to bounce in a shot from a yard outside of the crease to give Highland a 2-1 lead after the first quarter.
East scored the only goals of the second quarter when Andrew Smart, who only had 2 goals coming into the game, scored 3 goals in 3 minutes to give East a 4-2 lead going into halftime. Smart was able to position himself in space with great off the ball movement, allowing him to get free for the goals. On the second goal of the run, East hit the pipe and the ball went into the air. Smart was able to get the deflection and put it in for a great heads up play.

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James Parkin (Highland) faces off against Michael Vetter (East)
Highland tied the score coming out of the break, scoring at the 9:59 and 8:27 marks. Tommy Jacobsen was able to get a loose ball on the side of the crease then quickly dumped it into the goal. Easterwood tied the game with his goal from the top of the box that was a perfect bounce shot, hitting the very top of the net.
After those Highland goals, East turned up the intensity on defense with Noah Kirk, Brandon Boren, Reilly Teague, Jonny Woolstenhulme, Eric Coombs and the d-middies not allowing the Rams to have any room to operate. East scored 3 goals to extend their lead to 7-4 on great plays by Mason Conley and Isaac ‘Bird Man’ Robbins.
Robbins scored first in the fourth quarter when he was able to get his hands free at the top of the box, ripping a shot low into the goal. Conley finished his hat-trick at the 9:28 mark to make the score 9-4 which hold true until the final whistle as both teams wore down and were unable to score.
“Andy Smart had a really good game,” said Head Coach Pete Stevenson. “He hadn’t scored many goals coming into the game so for him to get 3 today was awesome. He really gave us good momentum and excited the team.”
Despite the win, the East sideline was somber after defenseman Brandon Boren was injured late in the game.
“Clearly Boren is our pride and joy on defense,” said Stevenson. “Losing him to that injury late in the game really hurts us but our guys were able to step it up on defense.”
Conley and Smart had 3 goals each to lead the Leopards. Robbins finished with 2 goals and Sam Parkin had 1. Jed Fuller had 2 assists. Highland was led by Easterwood who had 2 goals. Jacobsen finished with 1 goal and 1 assist. McDonald had 1 goal and Max Larsen had 1 assist. East Goalie Kortlandt Johnson had 4 saves while Highland Goalie Jacob DeLaMare had 6. Highland won 12 of 17 face-offs. East had 14 caused turnovers compared to just 2 for Highland.
East will take on West on Tuesday for their last conference game and then will face Olympus on Saturday. Highland will take on Woods Cross, Lehi and Orem to finish out their season before the playoffs.

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