In a very back-and-forth battle, Redwoods LC was able to get an edge with their dominating defense and Greg Gurelian’s 59.2% win percentage at the faceoff dot to help push them to victory over Archers LC.
Joey Sankey got things started for Archers early on in the first, jumpstarting a three-goal Archers run to open the game. Redwoods finally got things rolling with Kyle Harrison stinging the top left corner on an outside rip. Matt Kavanagh scored on the inside off a Jules Heningburg feed, cutting the Archers lead to 3-2.
Redwoods continued their run early in the second, tying things at 3 with 11:20 in the second following a Jules Heningburg goal right in front of the cage. Archers answered pretty quickly, retaking the lead 4-3. After some back-and-forth defensive play midway through, both offense started to get hot as they went back-and-forth through the end of the half.
While Archers held a slim 6-5 lead heading into the third both sides soon exploded on the offensive end, combining for 14 goals in the third quarter alone. Ryder Garnsey got Redwoods started off early in the third, but Will Manny answered right back for Archers to put them in the lead once again.
That back-and-forth play continued for most of the third, but a Brent Adams two-pointer helped give Redwoods a major energy boost as they were able to pull away a bit, taking a 14-11 lead into the third.
In the fourth both defenses really stepped up, limiting the opposing offense as much as possible. However, Redwoods were able to grab an upper hand with some amazing play from goalie Tim Troutner Jr. and hold on to their lead for the 16-12 victory.
Redwoods will play the loser of Chaos LC and Whipsnakes LC next week for the chance to play the winner of the game in the PLL Championship. Archers will play the loser of Atlas LC and Chrome LC in the first-pick bracket.
There were two injuries in this game as Tom Schreiber dislocated his shoulder at the end of the first half after taking a pretty big hot to his right shoulder and Archers defenseman Jackson Place went down with an apparent neck injury late in the game. Neither returned to the game.