In a slower defensive battle, Archers LC was able to secure the win over Chrome LC. The Archers offense finally took full hold in the fourth, helping to lead them to a hard fought 9-7 victory.
Both teams relied heavily on the defense in this game, and it really made a difference as neither offense was able to ever get fully going for very long. Also, the goalie play from Adam Ghitleman in the first half and Drew Adams in the second half really boosted Archers as each played out of their mind, making save after save.
It only took six seconds for Chrome to get going as Connor Farrell won the opening faceoff and stuck it right in the back of the net. Jordan Wolf scored the second for Chrome to put them up 2-0 with 9:49 in the first. Christian Cuccinello scored just over a minute later to get Archers on the board. Danny Eipp scored a few minutes later to tie things up at 2.
While it seemed like Archers were finally settling in Justin Guterding scored in the final minute of the first to put Chrome up 3-2 heading into the second. Things got really slow, offensive wise, to start the second period as it took almost six minutes for anyone to find the back of the net.
Justin Guterding finally broke the silence, putting Chrome up 4-2. Archers were quick to answer with Marcus Holman winding up from two-point land, tying things up at 4. The defensive battle prevailed through the second, but each team got a goal in the final seconds of the half. Tom Schreiber scored for Archers while Jordan MacIntosh score for Chrome to end the first half of play with thing all knotted up at 5.
The defensive battle resumed in the third quarter as each team was only able to find the back of the cage once. Jordan MacIntosh scored for Chrome while Marcus Holman ripped another two-pointer to give Archers the 7-6 lead heading into the fourth.
With things tied at 7 late in the fourth, the Archers offense turned on the jets and sprinted to victory. Christian Cuccinello and Tom Schreiber scored back-to-back goals to secure the 9-7 win for Archers.