In what was a back-and-forth type of battle, Archers LC was able to spark in the second half and secure a needed 13-10 win over Atlas LC. With this win Archers’ playoff chances increase to 90%.
A big part of this Archers win was the depth of scoring and contribution on the offensive end, as well as their work in the transition game. Archers saw players such as Ryan Ambler, Christian Cuccinello, Joey Sankey, and others all step up big time in the win. That depth they showed on offense was able to help take advantage of any opportunity Atlas’ defense gave them.
Archers were led by Marcus Holman with four goals and Ryan Ambler with three points (1G/2A). Christian Cuccinello and Joey Sankey each had three points (2G/1A) as well. In cage, Drew Adams and Adam Ghitleman saw time. Adams had nine saves with a 64.2 save percentage whole Ghitleman made eight saves with a 57.1 save percentage.
Eric Law led Atlas with five points (3G/2A). Kieran McArdle also had four assists while Ryan Brown tallied three goals. Trevor Baptiste 16-29 at the faceoff dot and Jack Concannon made 13 saves in cage with a 48.1 save percentage.
Scott Ratliff got Archers on the board first with a transition goal. Will Manny followed up with a quick goal from mid-range to put Archers up 2-0 early in the first. Atlas answered with two straight goals of their own coming from Joel Tinney and Kevin Unterstein, tying things up a two midway through the first.
Some more back-and-forth action ensued through the first, but Atlas was able to create some separation and take a 5-3 lead heading into the second. Archers really stepped up on both ends in the second, tying things up at six heading into halftime.
Tom Schreiber scored off a split dodge from up top to put Archers ahead 7-6 early in the third. That goal sparked a huge 7-1 Archers run. James Pannell helped Atlas stop the bleeding late in the third with a behind the back finish from right on the crease, but Archers were able to stay ahead as they led 11-8 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, things were pretty back-and-forth with both sides picking up their play on both ends. Atlas was able to get their offense going like normal with Ryan Brown, Eric Law, and others all contributing. However, Atlas made some unforced errors late in the game which allowed Archers to get extra possessions and run the clock down to secure the 15-11 win.