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Hansen, Lehi Pull Off Comeback Against Herriman

The Herriman Mustangs traveled just south of Point of the Mountain for a match-up with the Lehi Pioneers. The game, a 7-3 contest at the half that looked like it might turn into a Mustang rout, took a complete 180 in the second half on the shoulders of Pioneer netminder Kimball Hansen and attackman Braden Smith. Smith pushed Lehi into the lead in the fourth quarter with a hat-trick on transition and unsettled goals including a rebound scoop-n-score and a finish all alone on the doorstep assisted by Andre Chapman. Hansen kept the Pioneers in the game with four one-on-one saves in the third quarter and another with just seconds left in the game to preserve Lehi’s 11-10 final score.
“The heart we had was just amazing,” reflected Lehi head coach Daniel Sisneros, “in games like this we’ve struggled to come back, but our guys did great today — showed a lot of heart. [Kimball Hansen] kept us in it; Braden Smith had three goals at clutch times.”
Lehi Herriman 3-30 1The game started with a furious pace — lots of transition opportunities and unsettled situations led to a scoring frenzy in the first quarter, led by Herriman’s Trent Weber who ended the day with four goals. Herriman’s Cage Blackburn and Brandon Stevenett each netted two goals for the Mustangs in the first quarter and Lehi’s Jordan Bursach nabbed two for the Pioneers including a nice pickoff of a clearing pass that gave him a one-on-one with the goalie, ending the period with Herriman up 6-3.
Things tightened up the second quarter: both defenses pressed out and applied heavy pressure, leading to passes at the feet and missed catches. The only goal came from Herriman’s Weber on a nifty catch, spin, low-to-low shot on the crease, making it 7-3 at the break.
Bursach started the comeback for the Pios in the second half, scoring two quick goals among four by Lehi, eliminating the Mustang lead. However, Weber and middie Dru Burke each scored for Herriman in the closing minute of the quarter, giving the Mustangs some breathing room up 9-7, and setting up Smith and Hansen’s heroics for the Pioneers in the fourth quarter turnaround.
“[We learned] that we’re never out of it,” said Coach Sisneros, “that we’ve always got a chance, it doesn’t matter if we’re down 6-3 or 10-0, we’ve still got an opportunity to come back.
The Pioneers will face another stiff test against East High this Friday, at 4:30 pm, while Herriman has little time to rest as they travel further south to play Timpview tomorrow, Thursday, at 7:30 pm.

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