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Judge Runs Away from Waterford for the Win

Judge WaterfordThe Judge Bulldogs hosted the Waterford Ravens on Monday night in a game that was close during the three quarters, but Judge ultimately pulled away in the first, claiming a 12-6 victory.
The first quarter started with both teams trading possessions.  Judge would capitalize first when Gabe Rechsteiner found Will Cisneros off a dodge and dish for the goal.  After a faceoff win Rechsteiner would strike again after beating his double team and dodged to goal to extend the Judge lead 2-0.  Waterford would get back on the board after a great save from goalie Michael Moody that would lead to an extended possession; Luke Pyper would eventually take the ball and dodge ally for the goal. After a small furry on both sides the quarter would end at a 2-1 advantage for Judge.
The second quarter would see Waterford controlling play with long possessions and great rides to get the ball back after losing the ball. Judge goalie Johnny Garlinghouse made some outstanding saves to keep the score 2-1 until the 7:30 mark when Rechsteiner grabbed a ground ball and drove it to goal. Off the face off win Judge would take advantage when Aidan Larson was found in the middle for the catch and shot to extend the Judge lead 4-1. Waterford would respond when Pyper was found on crease and after a great check by Braden Pelly, Pyper was able to grab the ground ball and found the back of the net; however, Waterford would tally another goal before the half when they hit an outside shot to bring the score at the end of the half 4-3 in favor of the home team Judge.
To start the second half both teams would continue to take lengthy possessions much like in the first quarter.  Finally Rechsteiner was able to get past the defense and place a beautiful shot off the shoulder of the Waterford goalie. Then a minute later Judge would extend their lead when Douglas Gosselin was found for the goal to give the Bulldogs the lead at 6-3.  Waterford would go on run however when on the face off they caused a turn over and Matthew West took it past the goalie.  Then West would turn around and score again in a set piece when he ripped an outside shot to bring the game back to a one goal game.  Waterford would score once more when Pyper found the back of the net to tie the game at 6-6.  With under a minute left in the quarter Judge took a fast break play and Cisneros found Larson for the goal and the 7-6 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The fourth quarter would see Judge run away with the game beginning with Cisneros finding Cosselin on the backside for the bounce shot past the goalie. Despite the barrage of shots by the Waterford offense, Judge goalie Garlinghouse was able to keep them at bay.  After controlling the clock for some time, Judge’s Daniel Voytovich found Rechsteiner for the next two goals to extend the Judge lead 10 to 6.  Judge would score two more times as Waterford pressed out, trying to cause a turnover to get the ball back which lead to unsettled goals in favor of Judge to finish the game with a 12-6 Judge victory over rival and fellow D-I ULA foe.
After the great victory by his team Judge Head Coach Dave Allen said about his team’s performance, “After a close third quarter we told the guys to keep doing what we are doing, just play a little harder. I thought we played well in the first half, and Waterford played well in the first half. We just thought what we were doing was working and wanted to keep attacking it.”
This win marks the eighth straight win for the Bulldogs in the series. The last Ravens victory over Judge came in March of 2007.
Judge will look to capitalize on this win Wednesday when they face off against Skyline at home.  Waterford would like to get back on the winning track when the go back home to play against a very tough Davis squad Thursday.

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