Both teams came into week three of the season 0-2, but Atlas LC finally got over the hump to secure their first win of the season. Atlas put all the puzzle pieces together on both ends of the field to help secure the win.
Chrome LC was led by Justin Guterding who tallied 5 points (3G,2A) while Jordan MacIntosh and John Ranagan each tallied 4 points (2G,2A). In cage John Galloway made 11 saves to help anchor the Chrome defense. At the faceoff dot Connor Farrell went 6-9 while Drew Simoneau went 3-8.
Connor Buczek led the way for Atlas LC with 5 points (4G,1A). Kieran McArdle and Chris Cloutier each tallied 3 points (2G,1A) as well. Trevor Baptiste went 17-9 at the faceoff dot and Jack Concannon made 14 saves in cage.
This game started as an absolute shootout with Chrome leading 5-4 at the end of the first. Justin Guterding got the scoring started less than a minute into the game, giving Chrome an early 1-0 advantage. Atlas answered just a few seconds later with Eric Law scooping up the ground ball and putting it in the back of the cage, tying things up at 1 with 10:38 in the game.
The back and forth nature of the game continued through the rest of the first quarter, including Atlas’ Noah Richard and Chrome’s Romar Dennis each scoring a two-pointer.
Atlas completely took over in the second quarter, going on a 4-0 run to take an 8-5 halftime lead. During that fantastic Atlas run in the second Chris Cloutier scored two while Kieran McArdle and Ryan Brown each had one a piece.
Following some back-and-forth play to start the thirdConnor Buczek got the Atlas offense started, putting the up 9-5 Chrome would soon come storming back with a huge four-goal run to take a 10-9 lead heading into the fourth.
During that run Matt Danowski scored a huge two-pointer while Justin Guterding, John Ranagan, and Jordan MacIntosh also scored.
Atlas came out hot in the fourth with Connor Buczek scoring two straight to retake the lead 11-10. Ryan Brown then pushed the Atlas lead out to 12-10 a few minutes later. Once again, Chrome would not give up as Justin Guterding and Jordan MacIntosh each scored to tie things back up at 12 once again.
For a minute it looked like another overtime game was certainly a possibility, but Atlas had other plans. With 48 seconds left on the clock Connor Buczek found the back of the net, securing the 13-12 win for Atlas.