Even with a weather delay prior to the game and in the middle of the third Whipsnakes LC was able to fight through and secure the win over Atlas LC.
With the exception of a few transition goals, it was a slower paced game than we are used to seeing in the PLL. Both sides took their time getting into the groove due to the wet conditions. In the end, it proved to be a few runs by the Whipsnakes that helped them secure the win.
After some slow play early on both sides got going fairly quickly. John Crawley got Atlas on the board first, beating SSDM Tyler Warner from behind the cage and turning the corner to greatness. Whipsnakes owned most of the first quarter as they used a four-goal run to take a 4-1 lead midway through the first.
Atlas finally found their feet once again as Connor Buczek and Paul Rabil scored two straight to get some energy back on their side, cutting the Whipsnakes lead to 5-3. A two-goal run in the final minute, including another goal from Joe Nardella, gave Whipsnakes a 7-3 lead heading into the second.
It was a defensive battle in the second as neither team seemed able to get much going on offense at all. Jay Carlson scored for Whipsnakes off a rebound midway through the period while Eric Law put Atlas back on the board in the final seconds of the half, making it an 8-4 Whipsnakes lead heading into halftime.
The Atlas offense really started to push the issues once again early in the third as Paul Rabil, Ryan Brown, and Connor Buczek scored three straight to make it a one-goal game. Whipsnakes just couldn’t get anything early on with multiple bad looks on cage in addition to some stellar play from Jack Concannon in cage.
Another thirty minute weather delay interrupted the game with four minutes left in the third. It didn’t take much time coming back from the delay as Whipsnakes struck again in the final minute of play, taking a 9-7 lead heading into the fourth.
Following some up and down defensive play Kyle Hartzell scored a long pole goal in transition to get the Atlas offense going and making it a one-goal game. After some more slow play Eric Law came off the pick from X and found the back of the net, tying things at 9 for Atlas.
Late in the game Ryan Drenner and Bryce Young each scored within about a minute to put Whipsnakes up 11-9 and secure the win. Atlas had some opportunities down the stretch but Kyle Bernlohr and the Whipsnakes defense stood tall as they hung in for the win.