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No. 22 UVU Rolls Past Montana In Home Opener

After an exhausting two-game road trip to open the season, No. 22 UVU’s home field was a welcome sight to the Wolverines, who hosted the Montana Grizzlies on Friday night. Both teams came into the contest with identical 1-1 records and averaging 7 goals a game, but on the field the teams looked anything but identical.
The chilly conditions of the February night didn’t seem to have any effect on the red hot Wolverine offense, who scored ten in the first half alone. UVU was able to dominate on the scoreboard thanks to a stifling ride and gutty, aggressive play that gave them a 71-33 groundball advantage on the night. By the end of the contest, every Wolverine had seen time on the field, resulting in ten different goal scorers for the squad and a final score of 19-8.
The Green & Gold’s dominance began at the faceoff X where Garrett Winters and Casey James combined for an outstanding 82% win rate, giving the Wolverine offense a great opportunities to possess the ball plenty and find the match-ups they wanted. Even when UVU was unable to capitalize on their possessions, a great ride stifled Montana’s clear attempts, allowing the Grizz to advance the ball to the offense end less than half the time.

#3 Fred Davis set up on offense vs Montana
On offense, the Wolverines were led by the tandem of Brian Quick and Freddie Davis, two of last year’s top scorers for the Green & Gold. Quick did all his goal scoring in the first half, completing a hat trick in the first quarter and adding one more in the second; he also added a couple assists to give him a total of six points (4 g, 2 a) on the night. Davis also had a hat trick and a pair of assists, giving him five total points (3 g, 2 a). While ten different players scored a total of 19 goals, only 8 goals were assisted, giving the Wolverines something to improve going forward.
“Overall, it was a little sloppy,” said UVU head coach Brae Burbidge, “We played a little sloppy, but we’re happy with the result. Going forward, we’ll try to tighten things up and we feel like we can compete with the top teams in our conference [the RMLC D-I].”
Despite the lopsided score, the Grizzlies played admirably hard throughout the contest. They had six different players score on the evening and the final goal deficit may have been much larger if not for an impressive performance from Montana keeper Andrew Moesel.
James Casey fights for one of his 11 faceoff wins
No. 22 UVU will scrimmage with old rival Westminster next Saturday, February 27 at Dumke Field in Salt Lake City at 1:00 pm, and Montana will have a quick turnaround, playing Saturday, February 20 at the University of Utah (McCarthey Field) at 2:00 pm.
Extras: UVU Goalkeeper Shawn Rowley saved 56% of the shots on cage, 10 below his season average of 66%. The Wolverines had 8 penalties on the night but only allowed one man-down goal (and scored one goal while shorthanded). The UVU man-up squad was perfect on the evening, going 3 for 3 in the game.

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