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Knights Rally Late, Down Darts

Lone Peak - DavisAn overcast, cloudy sky and stormy weather couldn’t dampen the Lone Peak Knight’s spirits as they pulled off an 8-7 comeback win over the visiting Davis Darts. The Knights had a little extra motivation as they were playing in their home stadium under the lights for the second time ever.
“It’s been a long process, but we finally got everything done,” said Lone Peak Head Coach Marlan Coe about the move to playing home games in the stadium, “It’s good to finally have a home.”
Neither team needed much extra motivation in this key cross-conference matchup, and both came out firing early. The first quarter seemed to fly by with a lot of back-and-forth play and the Knights and Darts trading goals. With the score knotted at 2-2 and the quarter winding down, the Knights were able to sneak one past Dart Senior Keeper Jacob Jones and take a one-goal lead into the break.
In the second quarter, the Knights picked up right where they left off, finding the back of the net again early, giving themselves a two-goal advantage. But the Darts would respond later in the quarter when Pepper Eames threw a mean fake to get the goalie moving and then a laser to the top shelf. After some more back-and-forth play, Davis would score in transition when Senior Attackmen Tanner Hallows crept from behind the cage, caught a beautiful feed, and was able to finish on the doorstep, tying the score at four all. A dead-ball penalty would give the ball back to the Darts, but they were unable to take advantage of the man-up opportunity and the teams headed into the half deadlocked at 4-4.
Lone Peak won the face-off the start the second half and things looked promising for the Knights on the offensive end. The gold and maroon took a handful of shots, peppering Davis keeper Jones, but Jones held strong between the pipes and the Knights’ effort went unrewarded. A slash on Lone Peak would give the ball to the Darts with a golden opportunity, and they didn’t let it go to waste. Davis Senior Attackmen Dillon Yocom had the ball on the restart, and when no Knight defenders stepped out to pick him
up, he wound up and cranked a shot that found twine behind Lone Peak Goalie Abe Dahlgren for the man-up goal. Lone Peak’s Josh Stout would answer with a man-up goal of his own after a Davis slash, catching the ball on the wing and managing to find the opening on a limited-angle shot, once again tying the score, this time at five a piece. Davis’ Dillon Yocom would take over for the rest of the half, battling his way his through contact and driving a goal home later in the quarter and then causing the Knight keeper to drop the ball on a clear attempt and scoring the one-on-one goal, giving the Darts some breathing room with a two goal lead and capping off an individual hat trick in the third quarter alone. After three the score was 7-5 Davis.
The fourth quarter saw a lot of physical play that would ultimately benefit a more disciplined Lone Peak squad. A crosscheck on Davis would give Lone Peak the ball, and while they would not score on the man-up, the possession set up an athletic goal by Knight Senior Midfielder Jake Stout who flew by his defender down the side and kissed a shot off the far pipe and in. Jake’s younger brother Josh would score the next Lone Peak goal on transition, tying the score at seven. After some more physical play
with the ball moving up and down the field, another Davis penalty would prove the Darts’ undoing, giving Jake Stout an opportunity to get his hands free near the top of the box and rip what would ultimately be the game-winning man-up goal with about three minutes left. Davis worked hard to get possession, but the ball just wouldn’t roll their way late and Lone Peak was able to run out the clock and preserve the one-goal comeback victory.
Lone Peak will head to Boise this weekend to face Centennial (ID), Rocky Mountain (ID), Clackamas (OR) and Tigard (OR). Davis will face Brighton on Friday.

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