Atlas LC was able to defeat Chrome LC and keep their playoff hopes alive. Atlas mounted a very impressive comeback in the second half to get ahead, stay ahead, and secure a very much needed win.
Will Haus got Chrome off to a very quick start once again, scoring just 21 seconds into the game. Ryan Brown followed that up with a rip from outside to give Atlas an early 2-1 lead. Chrome answered with a three-goal run that ended with a Will Haus goal in the final minute of the quarter to give Chrome a 4-2 lead heading into the second.
An early goal from Conor Buczek stopped Chrome run, and got Atlas back on the board. Matt Danowski answered right back for Chrome just a few minutes later, but a two-pointer from Cad Van Raaphorst tied things up at 5 for Atlas and took a little wind out of Chrome’s sails. While things were back-and-forth for the most part, Chrome was able to explode a bit and gain a 9-6 lead heading into the half.
Atlas opened up the third quarter with a two-goal run courtesy of Paul Rabil and Kieran McArdle to cut the Chrome lead to 9-8 early in the third. Justin Guterding got Chrome’s offense going midway through the third with a question mark dodge. The back-and-forth play ensued through the end of the third, but Chrome was able to stay ahead and take a 12-11 lead into the fourth.
While both sides went back-and-forth through most of the fourth, Atlas was able to get ahead and take every advantage they could gain to secure the win. Connor Buczek tied things at 13, and Paul Rabil scored the game-winner for Atlas with just under one minute left on the clock, putting the final nail in the coffin. Atlas seemed to take over after that Buczek goal, winning the battle on both ends and sprinting to victory.