In the Empire North Division of the IBLA, the Salt City Eels staked their way to winning the Division Championship. It started with a come from behind, 11-5 victory over the Utica Yeti in the first game of their best of three series. Salt City takes command.
The Yeti actually laid claim to a 3-1 advantage after the first 20:00 minutes. Rodney Hot Rod Redeye (2G) followed by Neal Powless (1a) setting up Andrew Cook (1g). Jimmy Fey playing helper on Redeye’s second goal to counter the opening goal from Junior Bucktooth (2g).
The middle stanza was the difference in this one with Salt City posting six goals to the Utica one. Leroy Halftown ( 2g), with Kori Halftowb (3 g,1a) adding on, before Charlie Rosaschi (2g() stopped the onslaught. This made it a one-goal game with Brendan Bomberry 1 g) going back to work for the Eels
Kori Halftown, Brian Witmer (1G) and Kori Halftown setting up brother, Leroy ( 1g.1a)closed the second with the Eels holding a 7-4 advantage. James Schutt (1a) fed Matthew Bennet (1g) for a power-play goal. This was followed by Junior Bucktooth his second to get it to a 9-4 affair.
Rosasachi and a man down goal from Brandon Misiaszek (1g,1a) got it to 9-5 with11:23 remaining but, a pair from Kori Halftown, the second on the man up were the difference makers. Kobi Johnson stopped 25 of 36 Eels shots. It was countered by Gowah Abrams who turned away 31 0f the 36 shots he faced. Salt City takes command.