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Logan Sneaks by Lakers

The Logan Grizzlies and Bonneville Lakers met in Cache Valley on Thursday for a late-season match-up that had serious seeding implications.
Goals were in net quick, with four total goals on the board in the first five minutes. There were some good shots, but Skyler Weathers’ behind-the-back, assisted by Derek Johnson, was the fanciest. Bonneville had a lot riding on this game, pulling a win would push them up or possibly secure a spot in A-bracket. Logan, already the eight-seed and holding onto the position well, could win games like this and show a lot for the playoffs. The game was fast, with penalties on both sides being frequently called, keeping players on their feet; the first was a big hit with Logan receiving a two-minute non-releasable and Bonneville an unsportsmanlike conduct. There were no missed opportunities in the first quarter, with balls staying in sticks and off the ground. The Grizzlies, however, kept this up throughout the entire game, possessing and leading them to the 8-5 defeat over the Lakers.
The Grizzlies had an entire game full of aggression, showing true stamina to defeat the Lakers. Logan’s Aivini Matangi had a huge part in this win, causing turnovers and keeping Bonneville’s offensive from the net. “I play basketball in my off season and apply what I learn in basketball defense to my lacrosse” says Aivini. Skills like these and ball movement were executed very well by the Grizzlies.
The goal for teams was to get the ball on crease offensively. Goalies were on their toes and ready for anything, “they feed crease from the wings but we are sliding well” said Hunter Combe, Bonneville’s goalie. Logan, missing key attackman Brandon Dod due to a thumb injury, still seemed to keep putting balls in net, with shots coming from every angle and distance. A large part of Logan’s triumph was their face-off wins, getting fast-breaks, and setting up after a win at half.
Bonneville took advantage of the face-offs won when Kade Whethers came on the field, full-force, winning the faceoff and scoring on the fastbreak. This was not enough to get the Lakers the win, however. The Grizzlies had stamina and strong offensive and defensive coordination leading them to a good takeover of Bonneville.

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