Redwoods LC moved to 2-2 on the season as the took down Chrome LC by a score of 13-10. Heavy transition play and aggressive defense were two major keys to the Redwoods win in this one.
In addition, Jules Heningburg gave Redwoods a huge lift, playing that quarterback attackman role at ‘X’ and on the wings. Heningburg finished with 8 points (5G,3A) in the win.
Chrome was able to fight back the whole game, but just came up short. They were able to get things going a little late and couldn’t complete the late game comeback. Early offensive woes really came back to haunt them just as we have seen almost each week.
Redwoods really got things going early in the first, getting the scoring going just seven-seconds into the game. Redwoods absolutely burned the Chrome defense early on in transition, even getting three long pole goals. Jules Heningbug also got his first goal as a member of Redwoods late in the first as well.
While Redwoods were dominating on both ends early, Chrome was able to finally get things going late in the quarter with John Ranagan and Max Tuttle each finding the back of the cage.
Entering the second Redwoods held a 5-2 lead, but both defenses really held their own early in the quarter. Following an outside rip from Matt Kavnagh to put Redwoods up 6-2 the Chrome offense started to get into their groove.
A two-pointer from Justin Guterding and a one-pointer via Simon Mathias cut the Redwoods lead to 6-5. Guterding scored one again a few minutes later, tying things at 6. In the final minute of the half the Redwoods transition struck once again with Ryder Garnsey scoring right on the crease to help Redwoods retake the lead 7-6.
It didn’t take long for Redwoods to get their offense goin once again as Joe Walters scored just a minute into the third. However, Chrome’s transition soon took over once again with Mike Manley ripping one from beyond the two-point arc to tie things up at 8.
While both sides were letting shots fly, Redwoods went on a two-goal run with Jules Heningburg and Sergio Perkovic eat finding the back of the cage, putting Redwoods up 10-8 midway through the quarter.
As the back-and-forth nature of the game ensued, Redwoods got hot once again late in the third, taking a 12-9 lead heading into the fourth.
Redwoods continued their onslaught with Heningburg scoring once again early in the fourth. Defensively, they would be able to hold Chrome for the majority of the quarter, only allowing two goals ate in the game, including one from Max Tuttle in the final minute.
While Chrome was able to get a little something going late in the game Redwoods prevailed, limiting Chrome’s opportunities to help secure the win.
Next week in Atlanta Chrome LC will take on Chaos LC while Redwoods LC plays Whipsnakes LC. Both of those games will be on Saturday.