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Waterford Earns 11-5 Win Over American Fork

Luke Pyper
Luke Pyper

The Waterford Ravens beat the American Fork Cavemen on Thursday by the score of 11-5 in front of their home fans in Sandy.
After an equally matched first quarter, the Ravens held a 3-2 lead. During the break, American Fork was penalized with a stick penalty and Waterford was able to get a goal when Justin Desautels found the back of the net for the Ravens after clinical, quick paced ball movement from Waterford. Later in the quarter, Waterford found the back of the net again on a man-up opportunity when James Eardley shot a low worm-burner from 10 yards for the goal, giving Waterford a 5-2 lead. American Fork would tally their third goal at the 4:19 mark when goalie Max Sturgill backed-up a Waterford shot, cleared to Andrew Szabo who then found Coulson Tucker on the wing of the fast break who took a time and room shot that whizzed into the goal from downtown. Waterford would control most of the possession in the first half, getting a goal at the 3:02 mark by Eardley. The next goal game for Waterford with just 4 seconds left when Luke Pyper took a shot that went wide but Matthew West caught it, looked up and saw Talbot Child wide open on the crease. Child caught the ball and quick-sticked it into the back of the net for goal, giving the Ravens a 7-3 lead heading into halftime.

Luke Pyper
Luke Pyper
The second half was more of the same with Waterford dominating on face-offs and controlling the possession with quick passes that were rarely dropped, mesmerizing the American Fork defense. Sam Schroeder scored next or the Ravens on a great play when he caught the ball while cutting to the crease and shot while falling forward. The Cavemen were able to get their fourth goal at the 4:30 mark in the third quarter when Joseph Norton caught a cross field pass from Tucker on a man-up play, making the score 8-4 for Waterford. The Ravens added their ninth goal when Desautels got free on an alley dodge and buried the ball of a bounce shot into the top left corner.
At the 7:40 mark in the fourth quarter, American Fork closed the gap to four goals when Jace Miller went the distance from the center X, giving the Cavemen hope of a rally. The hopes of the Cavemen were dashed just 33 seconds later when West scooped up the ball in front of the crease and ripped a 10 yard shot into the back of the net. Just 29 seconds after that, West beat his man on the wing and took it to the hole, finding Pyper alone on the crease after the defense slid. Pyper was able to quick-stick it in to give Waterford an 11-5 lead which is how the game would end.
“We showed some hustle and discipline,” said Waterford Head Coach Dave Brattin. “We were worried about American Fork with the experience they had coming in but our mainstays did their job which allowed us to win today.”
Stat of the Game: Waterford went 13/19 from the face-off X which allowed them to get vital possessions and play their style of game, leading to the win.
Waterford will host Roy next Tuesday and American Fork will host West Jordan next Wednesday.

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