In the championship bracket, Redwoods LC blew out Chaos LC to pick a fight with Whipsnakes LC in the inaugural PLL Championship game next week in Philadelphia. It was an impressive display of defense and a big second half run that helped lift Redwoods to victory.
Redwoods saw Jules Heningburg, Ryder Garnsey, Joe Walters, Brent Adams, and Sergio Perkovic all score two goals in the win. In addition, Garrett held Connor Fields scoreless and Tim Troutner made 12 saves with a 63.1% save percentage.
Myles Jones and Miles Thompson led Chaos with three points (2G/1A) each. Kevin Buchanan and Dhane Smith each had one goal and one assist, as well. In goal, Blaze Riordern made 16 saves with a 59.2% save percentage.
Sergio Perkovic got Redwoods going early with a diving goal just thirty seconds into the game. Josh Byrne answered for Chaos, tying things up early on. The rest of the quarter was all Redwoods as they went on a four-goal run that included two goals from Brent Adams and a two-pointer from John Sexton.
Down 5-1 entering the second, Chaos was pumped up after a very hard hit from Garret Epple on Connor Fields to end the first. Epple was penalized two minutes.
Myles Jones got Chaos started in the second, finding the back of the net twice in 27 seconds, including intercepting a pass from Tim Troutner and putting the ball right in the back of the cage. Redwoods was able to gain some control again late in the quarter with Jules Heningburg getting them their first goal of the quarter.
Redwoods stepped up on both ends of the field in the third, holding Chaos scoreless and scoring four straight. The Redwoods offense got started in the third with Joe Walters getting them on the board about three minutes in. Jules Heningburg and Ryder Garnsey followed up with two more to keep the Redwoods offense rolling.
In addition to their offensive dominance, Tim Troutner kept shutting the door to help anchor the hot Redwoods defense. In the fourth, Miles Thompson put in a feed from Myles Jones to end Chaos’ scoring drought, but that proved to be all they had left in the tank.
Redwoods’ defense stood stout through the fourth, helping them secure the 12-7 victory. They will now move onto the championship game where they will face Whipsnakes LC.