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Led by a seven-point (6G/1A) effort from second-year attackman Andrew Kew, the Chesapeake Bayhawks secured a 16-11 victory over the Philadelphia Barrage in the first game of the 2020 MLL season.
Philadelphia got the scoring starters early on in the first quarter with Tommy Palasek, who ended the game with five points (3G/2A), coming off a pick from Colin Minicus for the first goal of the game and season. Mark Matthew and Shayne Jackson followed, putting the Barrage up 3-0 early in the game. Chesapeake started to find their feet on offense late in the first, ending the quarter on a three-goal run to make it a 4-4 game heading into the second.
That back-and-forth nature of the game continued in both the second and third quarters, as Philadelphia lead 8-7 at the half and things were tied up at 10 heading into the fourth quarter. However, the fast-paced, two-man game style of play from the Barrage offense started to unravel in the fourth quarter due to multiple mistakes in transition and on defense, including a double penalty on defenseman Liam Byrnes which left the Barrage on the penalty kill (man-down) two possessions in a row early in the fourth.
Chesapeake, who went 4-for-2 on the power play (extra-man), took full advantage, scoring twice during that power-play opportunity following the Byrnes penalties. Those two goals, which came from Andrew Kew and Lyle Thompson, were the start of a game-ending five-goal run that put the game out of reach and secured the Chesapeake win. Kew scored three of those final five goals.
Boston Cannons 16, New York Liards 14
In what was a high-scoring, back-and-forth battle, the Boston Cannons took down the New York Lizards by a score of 16-14. Randy Staats led the way with five points (1G/4A) for Boston in the win. Bryce Wasserman and Mark Cockerton also had four goals in the victory. Also, Cannons goalie Nick Marrocco recorded 14 saves.
Rookie Colin Burke and Connor O’Hara each notched hat tricks for New York.
The back-and-forth nature of this contest started early on, as each side kept on answering each other throughout the first quarter. However, New York was able to find their footing on offense more quickly than Boston, as the Lizards held a 5-3 lead heading into the second quarter. And while the Boston offense was able to start getting their feet under themselves more in the second, a five-goal run, which included two goals from Nicky Galasso, pushed the Lizards lead out to 12-9 at the half.
Despite them starting to gain more and more energy on both ends, Boston still faced a 14-12 deficit heading into the fourth. However, the Cannons really put it all together in the fourth, as they held New York scoreless and scored four goals of their own, ending the game on a five-goal run. Randy Staats, Kyle Jackson, and Mark Cockerton, and Bryce Wasserman all scored for the Cannons in the final quarter of play to help secure the win.
Denver Outlaws 17, Connecticut Hammerheads 5
The Denver Outlaws started their revenge tour strong, as they absolutely annihilated the Connecticut Hammerheads, 18-6, in the final game of the opening day of the 2020 MLL season.
Denver came firing on cylinders and never seemed to take their foot off the gas. After taking a 5-0 lead in the first, they pushed their lead out to 10-3 at the half. The Outlaws continued their dominance in the second half, extending their lead to 14-4 in the third and secure the win, 18-6.
Ryan Lee led the way for Denver with five points (4G/1A) while Miles Silva and Daniel Bucaro had great pro debuts, recording three and four goal in the win. Connecticut was led by Cody Radziewicz with three points (2G/1A) and Bradley Voigt with three goals. Sean Sconone made 14 saves for the Hammerheads and Christian Knight, who got the start for Denver, made nine saves.