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Pal-Mac survives Scare from Livonia-Avon


Pal-Mac stepped up in the fourth quarter to defeat Livonia-Avon 4-3.  In a game that was plagued with penalties, the teams both had multiple attempts at extra-man offense.  The Red Raiders converted on two of their attempts while the Lakers could not convert on any of their attempts.  The man-down defense for Pal-Mac was a key factor of their win.  Livonia-Avon's junior goalie Colton Rose was stellar in the cage.  He finished with 12 recorded saves with many saves being amazing displays of athleticism.  Offensively, for the Red Raiders, Keagan Hoesterey was the standout with a hand in every goal of the night.  He finished with 3g-1a.

Liv vs Pal-MacThroughout the first quarter, both teams had chances at the cage.  Pal-Mac scored the opener with Hoesterey scoring his first goal of the game.  Less than twenty seconds later, Livonia-Avon tied up the game for the first of three times.  The Lakers' opening goal was scored by senior AJ Peri.  Peri scored after a face-off fast-break, he fought through much of the crease defense and finished into the back of the cage for nearly point blank.  The Lakers kept up their offensive threats with another goal three minutes later.  Off another unsettled situation, Peri fed the ball to the middle and eighth grader Brayden Arber scored.  Arber was a standout during the contest, finishing with two of the team's three goals.  In addition to his points total, he demonstrated repeated heads-up play for his team.  The Red Raiders scored the final goal of the quarter was scored during man-up play.  With 1:20 remaining on the clock, Hoesterey scored his second.  This time off a loose ball pick-up near the crease.  Rose stopped the first shot, but failed to control the rebound and Hoesterey took advantage.  The score was tied 2-2 after the first twelve minutes.

Liv vs Pal-MacIn the second quarter, neither team scored with both defenses stepping up.  Pal-Mac's Peytong Lich added two more saves to his game total of 5 saves.  Rose added another 3 in the quarter.  Defensively, Pal-Mac's Carson Lich and Henry Beaton stepped up to keep the Lakers off the scoreboard.  For Livonia-Avon, senior Owen Weterrings and Colin Ellsworth combined with Rose to keep the Red Raiders off the board.  The second quarter ended the same as the first with a 2-2 tie.

In the third quarter, each team added a single goal.  The ending of the second quarter and most of the third quarter were plagued by penalties for both teams.  Livonia-Avon took their second lead of the game with a drive that started with Nikolai Hanna.  Hanna drove along the top right and dropped the ball down to the right flank and Arber scored his second of the game.  The game was tied for the third time with the second man-up goal for the Red Raiders. Hoestery assisted the third goal with an inside feed to the cutter with freshman Reid Diehl scoring.  The game went into the final quarter tied 3-3.

Liv vs Pal-MacIn the fourth quarter,  Pal-Mac took over the lead 4-3.  Hoesterey scored with a midrange outside shot from the right side.  The Red Raiders took over the lead with 9:00 left on the clock.  As play continued, Pal-Mac was assessed two different penalties, but their man-down defense stepped up and kept the Lakers from tying the score.  With just over three minutes left, the Red Raiders took over the offense and drew a penalty flag from the Lakers.  They continued to hold onto the ball during the flag down for over two minutes.  Keeping the flag down play going until 0:41 left on the clock.  The Red Raiders took the ball and just held on as the clock rode down.  The Red Raiders will move on to face Honeoye Falls-Lima in the finals on Saturday.