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Outlaws finish 2-2 at tournament

The Outlaws packed in four games over the two-day SALI tourney, with all games in a 20-minute running halves format.

On Saturday, the Outlaws played three games, the first a 13-3 win over Ridgeview at 8 a.m. Sisters was in control of the contest from start to finish and three players, Bodie Schar, Kyle Pilarski, and Adam Maddox-Castle all scored hat tricks (three goals).

The defense played solid throughout, and Justin Blake in particular was a big help as a long pole defender. Lex Jeffrey did a nice job in the goal and made several saves.

At 9 a.m., the Outlaws were right back on the field with a game against Sunset, which ended in a 2-7 loss. Schar and Gus Patton scored Sisters’ only goals.

The Outlaws had to play without Cooper Merrill, one of their leading scorers, who was out sick, and that made it harder for Sisters to keep pace with Sunset. They also had just 13 boys on the roster, and the two middle lines had to run a lot, and didn’t get much time to recover.

Coach Paul Patton said, “Their team was good, but we played them closer than the score indicates. We had a couple of close shots go off the pipe and they scored a couple easy goals off of fast breaks.”

Sisters lost 8-11 to Lincoln in a late afternoon contest. The game looked promising for the Outlaws at the half as they held a 6-3 advantage, but they just couldn’t hold on in the second half.

Some penalties left the Outlaws playing a man down, which allowed Lincoln to catch up and tie the game 8-8 with 10 minutes left on the clock.

Patton said, “I think fatigue set in with this being our third game of the day, and we had trouble taking care of the ball. Sunset was able to get the last three goals of the game to secure the win.”

Mason Sellers was a standout player for the Outlaws. Sellers scored a hat trick and battled hard as Sisters’ primary face-off guy.

On Sunday, the Outlaws defeated Summit 6-4 in consolation play.

The game went back and forth in the first two quarters and teams entered the half tied 3-3. Gus Patton scored Sisters’ first goal, and Bodie Schar was credited with the second goal when the goalie booted his low shot into the goal. Patton scored again to keep the score even at the half.

In the second half, Mason Sellers scored for the Outlaws, and Sunset came back to tie it up 4-4. Hayden Kunz scored the go-ahead for Sisters with eight minutes left on the clock, and Adam Maddox-Castle clinched the win with a goal with less than two minutes left in the game.

The Outlaws played with just 12 players. Three key players were out sick, which left the team with just two subs, and made it difficult for the players to exert energy and play at full speed for the entire game.

Jesuit won the tournament with a 16-1 win over Sunset.

Patton said, “It was nice to have the event back after two years off due to COVID. Many of the participants expressed how this tournament was their favorite one to come to. I feel bad for our seniors, who only got to play in one SALI tournament, which was their freshman year. Because it’s a JV-only event at the high school level, our seniors worked as volunteers setting up, running the scorers tables, and cleaning up after it was over.”


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