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Mt. Spokane vs Roosevelt - Playoff Recap

The Roosevelt Rough Riders move onto the quarter finals after a defensive heavy game that resulted 5-4 against visiting team the Mt. Spokane Wildcats on Saturday at Eckstein Middle School. Story by Michael Thornbloom.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats strung together a pair of goals halfway into the second putting them 2-0 over the Riders. Mt. Spokane was looking strong in this first half and appeared to have a clear edge over their opponents until the penalties started to take their toll. Two penalties late in the first half turned into successful EMO’s for Roosevelt allowing them to tie the game 2-2 before halftime.

The Wildcats were able to grab an early lead at the start of the third quarter but an illegal bodycheck gave Roosevelt the opportunity to tie it back up shortly after. The Rough Riders were beginning to gain much of the control in this quarter but were struggling to get past Wildcat sophomore goalie Braden Cary who had six saves in the third. Despite his efforts, Roosevelt finally found the lead they were looking three minutes after their man-up goal bringing it 4-3 in the Rider’s favor.

Coming into the final quarter with a lead, the Rough Riders were able to keep possession of the ball away from Mt. Spokane as they slowly burned down the clock. They were able to grab a fifth goal with two minutes left in the game before the Wildcats were put into an uncomfortable position. Mt. Spokane pushed as much as they could to force some opportunities but was only able to come up with one goal before they watched their playoff road come to an end.

Roosevelt sophomore attackman Jason Funes had a great day against their opponents with three goals, two of which came in the third quarter that brought them their lead. Both goalies for these teams were arguably the biggest stand-outs of this match directly attributing to the overall low final score. Roosevelt senior goalie Henry Geary came out with a 0.667 save percentage while Cary came away with a very impressive 0.737 save percentage for the Wildcats.

“It’s really hard to play a team from the East.” said Roosevelt head coach Drew Wright. Facing teams that you never get to face during regular season is tricky but he had some key things for his team to focus on and he walked away proud of his boys’ efforts. “We cleared the ball a lot better than the last game and that was really our main focus was clearing better and try to ride a little harder.”

He expressed how him and his team have been treating their last two playoff games at a championship caliber. Eager to test his team against Nick Welton’s Bellevue squad, Wright is aware of the challenge ahead but win or lose, they are holding their heads very high after two tough and successful victories in this year’s playoff run.

The Wildcat’s road to glory is over while the Rough Riders prepare to hunt down some Wolverines at Bellevue High School on Friday. The Wolverines may be clear favorites but anything can happen in the playoffs and the Rough Riders are riding high off two amazing wins.

Story by Michael Thornbloom.