Thriller in Empire North. We had our first overtime action. In the 2021 IBLA action in a classic in the Empire North between the Salt City Eels (3-0) and the Utica Yeti (2-2) in Burnet Park Turf. Leroy Halftown scored the game-winner for a 9-8 Salt City gritty victory.
This was nip and tuck from beginning to end with the first period ending as it started, tied up. Khyler Johnson (1g) and Nick Suits (1g) on the man advantage put Utica to an early 2-0 lead. Brendan Bomberry (2g) and Leroy Halftown (3g) responded and on to the second, we would go. If you are enjoying this article check out all of the LaCrosse articles on the EOP Website.
Things opened up in the middle stanza with a combined seven goals with four going to Salt City. This was a period of runs for both squads. With Utica taking the first shot with Neal Powless (2g) notching a pair 1:09 apart before Rodney Redeye (1g,1a) stepped up.
The Eels slithered back and countered with Clay Arnold (1g), Kroy Arnold (1g), Kori Halftown (1a) setting up Leroy Halftown. On the advantage, and Nathan Schultzie (1g) lighting the lamp to close the middle stanza with a 6-5 Salt City edge. Brandon Davis (1g) and Nate Farrell (1g) scoring fifty-four seconds later to seize the lead for the Yeti, 7-6. Tommy Costanza (1a) set up James Schutt (1g) at the 9:20 mark and a wild ride was in the offing.
Brendan Bomberry gave Salt City a one-goal lead on another advantage marker. Austin Curtis (1a) and Rodney Redeye did the work and Tyler Hill (1g) reaped the benefits while a man down to set up some extra time. Dwight Bero Jr. was cited with an illegal hit penalty at 1:44. Halftown took full advantage and potted the game-winner behind netminder, Charlie Rosaschi to keep the Salt City winning streak alive.
Behind the Numbers
Shots favored Utica by a 29-25 margin. The Eels went 3 for 3 on the man advantage with Utica posting a 1 for 3 but did have a shorthanded tally. Gowan Abrams stopped 21 of 29 shots to earn the win for the Eels and counterpart. Charlie Rosaschi stopped 16 shots. What a thriller in Empire North.