The Skyline Eagles and Waterford Ravens squared off in a game for the record books on Saturday in Sandy. Known by many as the ‘Battle of the Birds’, the Ravens and Eagles are friends and even family off the field, but fierce opponents on the field. Not to be outdone by their 2012 match-up, an overtime win for Skyline by the score of 8-7, this game was also decided in overtime, by the score of 8-7, in favor of Skyline.
From the beginning of the game, both teams knew this would be a game where goals would be hard to come by. The Eagles scored first on a great goal by Ezra Schofield. Waterford answered 6 minutes later when Matthew West was able to get a key goal for Waterford. In the second quarter, Skyline regained the lead at the 11:03 mark when Chris Williams found the back of the net. Again the Ravens answered when Luke Pyper scored to tie the game. Waterford took their first lead of the game when Nathan Holtman scored but the Eagles answered back with a great finish from Schofield. Skyline took a one goal lead into halftime when Ian Kadish scored with 23 second left in the half to make the score 4-3.
The second half was more of the same. Tough, physical defense and long possessions were the theme of the game. Waterford tied the game at the 10:26 mark when David Lewis scored. Skyline continued to push the ball but Waterford insisted on holding it. Kadish scored his second of the game at the 8:04 mark but again Waterford answered when Lewis scored again to tied the game midway through the third quarter. Three minutes elapsed until Lane Kadish scored to give the Eagles a crucial advantage. A minute later, Waterford tied the game at 6 when West scored his second of the game, leaving the score deadlocked at 6 heading into the final quarter.
Waterford regained the lead at the 10:16 mark when James Eardley scored on a great play. Waterford was able to take long possessions in the fourth, but the Skyline defense held strong with Goalie Austin Dorius making several great saves. Skyline tied the game at 7 with 2:21 left in the game when Schofield dodged from the top of the box and was able to get past his defender and shot before the slide came, sending the crowd into utter chaos. Skyline won the face-off but was unable to convert on their offensive set. Waterford had the ball and was looking to score but a crease violation with 23 seconds left gave the back to Skyline. The Eagles were able to get their box and call a timeout with 6 seconds left. Skyline opted to start the ball with Williams, but Williams was unable to work his magic, sending the game into overtime.
Waterford was whistled for having their foot on the line on the opening face-off, giving the ball to Skyline. Ian Kadish took the ball from the center X, dodged to the right and was able to score, giving the Eagles the overtime victory.
“We knew we had to execute our game,” said Skyline Head Coach Dan Schmidt. “They are the most disciplined team in the state and we knew we had to limit our mistakes.”
Ian Kadish led the Eagles with 3 goals and 3 assists.
“You can say enough about Ian Kadish,” said Schmidt. “That kid is an absolute all-star.”
In addition to a game-winning goal and 6 points, Kadish also won 8 out of 9 face-offs. Colton Goates went 6 for 6 from the face-off X for Skyline.
With the win, Skyline clinched the No. 1 seed from the Davis/Salt Lake Conference. Waterford will face Syracuse on Tuesday in a game that will decide the No. 2 seed with the loser taking the No. 3 seed.
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