Salt City Eels champs of the Empire North in a classic. The Salt City Eels needed a late comeback over the Utica Yeti to win the Empire North Crown. A very tight defensive battle that featured only 33 shots combined went down to the wire. Leroy Halftown providing the tying and winning goals.
Matthew Bennett (1g)put the Eels in front with exactly 2;00 played. The score stayed that way for over ten minutes until Andrew Cook (1g) got it even at the 12:27 mark. Kori Halftown (2g) closed the first stanza with Salt City in front, 2-1. The Yeti went on a run to begin the middle stanza. Goals from, Jarrett Jacobs (1g) and Joe Dowdy (1g) were just two minutes and five seconds apart.
Halftown notched his second followed by Nathan Schultzkie (1g) and by Wade Bucktooth (1g) at the ten-minute mark that ended the second period with a 5-3 Salt City advantage. Utica put things in another gear with Khyler Johnson, (1g), Nick Kieffer (1g), and David Saccocci (1g) scoring just a minute forty apart and it looked as if the teams would be playing game three.
Not so fast! Leroy Halftown (2g) got it even at 6-6 with just 2:09 to play. Halftown had one more goal up his sleeve and notched the game and Championship with a goal just thirty-three seconds later. Shots were 20 for Utica and only 13 for the Eels. Kobi Johnson made 14 saves in the Utica net with Gowah Abrams stopping 7 for Salt City. Salt City Eels champs of the Empire North.