It was a defensive battle and the lowest scoring game in PLL history with Redwoods LC defeating Archers LC 9-8 in overtime. Redwoods was able to use their impressive defensive play to spark some great opportunities on the other end, especially in transition.
Goalie Tim Troutner Jr. proved to be the equalizer for Redwoods as they were playing without a faceoff man this week due to the hamstring injury Greg Gurelian sustained in week five. Troutner’s success was able to give the Redwoods those extra possessions and opportunities they could have had with Gurelian at the dot.
Both teams came out a little slow, having a difficult time settling in on offense. Archers were finally able to break the ice with a beautiful transition sequence with Kevin Rice finishing it off. Redwoods would finally get their offense going with Brent Adams ripping one from the outside to tie things up at one.
Archers continued to get it done on both ends, taking a 2-1 lead heading into the second quarter. Redwoods got things going much earlier in the second with Ryder Garnsey scoring off a wild feed and then Joe Walters finding Sergio Perkovic up top, giving Redwoods their first lead of the game.
While Redwoods did seem to have the hot hand for a second, Archers quickly answered just a few seconds later. Scott Ratliff really got the Archers offense pumped up, scoring a long-pole goal right on the crease. After a lot of great defensive play on both ends Matt Kavanagh dove across the crease and found the back of the cage, tying things at four heading into the half.
The back-and-forth nature of the game continued right out of the game to start the second half. Brent Adams scored quickly in transition but Archers answered on the next possession with Christian Cuccinello taking advantage of the short-stick matchup. After things had turned into a goalie battle for a few possessions Redwoods got their offense going again with a three-goal run to end the quarter.
While it was pretty sloppy on both sides to start the fourth Archers soon took advantage of their matchups and were able to score three-straight to tie things up. Marcus Holman scored the last two to make it an 8-8 game with 2:22 in the fourth. While Redwoods had some great opportunities down the stretch the Archers defense stood tall, forcing overtime.
It was an absolute defensive battle in overtime with both goalies stepping up huge. Late in the overtime period Jules Heningburg caught the rebound and put it back for the Redwoods win.
Redwoods were led by Brent Adams with 3 goals while Jules Heningburg and Ryder Garnsey also had 2 goals each. Archers saw Will Manny, Marcus Holman, and Christian Cuccinello each score 2 goals.
Stephen Kelly went 17-18 at the faceoff dot for Archers while Tim Troutner Jr. made 14 saves in cage for Redwoods.