Redwoods LC got their season off to a great start, taking down Atlas LC 11-9 in a very physical battle. Redwoods were able to overcome getting down 2-0 early on and put it all together to secure the win. Both sides really stepped it up on defense late in the game but Redwoods offense proved to be as advertised as they were able to put it all together down the stretch.
Rookie goalie Tim Troutner Jr. was the backbone of the Redwoods team throughout the game, making 17 saves in the win. Troutner made some key saves down the stretch for Redwoods that saves them this game, helping them to move to 1-0 on the season.
The pace of play was set very early on with both teams getting out in transition, really pushing the issue. After a good few minutes of great defensive stops and some sloppy turnovers both sides started to settle in.
Atlas got the scoring opened up with Eric Law finishing inside on a transition opportunity. Ryan Brown put Atlas up 2-0 just a few possessions later with an outside rip. Redwoods answered with a five-goal run that stretched through the end of the first, burning the Atlas defense and taking a 5-2 lead heading into the second.
During that Redwoods run rookie attackman Clarke Petterson tallied two while Joe Walters, Sergio Salcido, and Matt Kavanagh scored as well.
Early in the second both teams kept trading possessions and shots, but the defenses were winning the battle. Chris Cloutier finally broke the ice midway through the second, getting Atlas’ offense going once again.
After some more back-and-forth defensive play Atlas finally had a settled possession on offense. Paul Rabil was able to spilt the double and rip one, cutting the Redwoods lead to 5-4 with 5:21 in the second. Matt Kavanagh got Redwoods their first goal of the second on a 30 second man-up opportunity after a scrum on the previous possession.
The early offense and run-and-gun style of play continued through the end of the second. Atlas scored in the final minutes of the first half, making it a 6-5 Redwoods lead heading into the halftime. Redwoods had a chance to take a two-goal lead in the final seconds but could not convert.
After some insane goalie play on both ends of the field the offense finally got going with Andrew Hodgson scoring off a feed from Paul Rabil, following a failed clear from Redwoods. Atlas got another quick one less than a minute later from Joel Tinney to give Atlas their first lead since the first quarter at 7-6.
Following a lot of defensive play where both goalies were on full display Redwoods finally got their offense going. Joe Walters and Brent Adams found the back of the net to give Redwoods an 8-7 lead late in the third. Both teams went back-and-forth with some early offense to end the period with Redwoods leading 9-8.
Tensions were rising all game and the fourth quarter was no exception with the fast and physical nature of the game being on full display. Both goalies continued to stand n their heads early in the fourth, keeping the ball out of either goal for the majority of the period.
Sergio Perkovic finally broke the ice, barley skimming it past Jack Concannon to push Redwoods lead out to 10-8 midway through the fourth. On the very next possession for Redwoods Joey Sankey put in the pass from Sergio Salcido, giving Redwoods an 11-8 lead with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
In the final minute of the game Chris Cloutier was able to put in the quick finish on the doorstep for Atlas. While they were able to find some life on both ends late it wasn’t enough as Redwoods walked freely with the 11-9 win.