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Strong Second Half Propels Skyline Past American Fork

The No. 4 Skyline Eagles hosted the No. 11 American Fork Cavemen on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The first half was very close but the Eagles pulled away in the second half en route to a 14-9 victory.
“It’s the playoffs,” said Skyline head coach Dan Schmidt. “Everyone is going to give you their best shot and you can’t overlook anyone. American Fork is a great team and they gave us all we could handle early.”
Both teams see-sawed for two goals to begin the game, leading to a 2-2 tie at the end of the first quarter. Skyline scored the first goal in the second quarter but American Fork scored two of their own to take the lead for the first time in the game. Skyline attackman Lane Kadish found Luke Morris streaking down the middle after pushing GLE, passed and Morris scored to tie the game at 4. Kadish again was the assist giver when he found Patrick Krause on a fast-break. Krause was wide open on the other side of the field and went one-on-one with the goalie. Krause faked high then shot a backhanded scoop into the top shelf. Kadish would get a goal for himself to give Skyline a 6-4 lead at halftime.

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Matthew Limpert (32) and Lane Kadish (12) celebrate a goal
The Cavemen came out of the break with a three goal run with goals by Kimball Matheny, Matthew Rawlings, and Jace Miller to regain the lead. That was when the Skyline defense clamped down. Goalie Ian Burbidge stood tall to make great saves. Defenders Matthew Bowen, Nate Wade and Myer Mooney caused several turnovers which helped the Eagles offense score seven straight goals including three while manup. Kadish had six of the seven goals including a top shelf rip from the top of the box. American Fork added two more goals followed by the final goal by Skyline to end the game.
American Fork goalie Geoffrey Sturgill had 7 saves while Burbidge finished with 5. American Fork won 17 of 24 faceoffs. Kadish finished with 7 goals and 3 assists. Bert Merrill had 2 goals and 3 assists for Eagles. American Fork was led by Jace Miller who had 2 goals and 1 assist.
“Bert Merrill, our team captain, is the reason we won the game today,” said Schmidt. “His ride is tenacious, he keeps everyone fired up, he knows exactly what to do in every situation and it’s been an honor to coach him for four years.”
The Eagles will take on either Olympus or Judge while the Cavemen finished their season with an 8-11 record overall.
 

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