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With just over four minutes to go in the first quarter, the New York Lizards held a 4-2 lead following after a natural hat trick from Dylan Molloy and a goal from Sean O’Brien. But just as it looked like the Lizards were about to steamroll through the Bayhawks, the script suddenly flipped, in part to two consecutive slashing penalties against New York.
Chesapeake took advantage of the power play (man-up) opportunity late in first, as Lyle Thompson (3G/2A) scored on the power play and Andrew Kew followed very soon after. Those two goals cut the New York lead to 4-2 at the end of the first and an outside rip in the transition from Isaiah Davis-Allen cut things to 4-3, while also extending the Bayhawks’ run to three goals.
While the game seemed to open up more midway through the second quarter and Andrew Pettit did score two straight for the Lizards, it was all Chesapeake for the majority of the final three quarters, as their offense was firing on all cylinders and defense, led by goalie Brian Phipps (16 saves) and CJ Costabile, who scored a two-point goal in the each of the second and third quarters, clamped down hard. The Bayhawks outscored the Lizards 7-2 in the second quarter to take a 9-6 lead at the half and extend that lead to 16-9 at the end of the third quarter.
After making a goalie change from Austin Kaut to Brian Corrigan late in the third and their offense finally finding their feet again, the Lizards were able to make some things happen in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bayhawks 4-2 in the quarter and ending the game with two straight from Connor O’Hara and Nicky Galasso. However, it was too little too late, as Chesapeake walked off victorious, 18-13.
Denver Outlaws 15, Philadelphia Barrage 10
It was a shooting clinic in the first half, as the two squads combined for 14 goals in the first two quarters. Denver led 8-6 at the half and things flipped in their favor in the third quarter, as they went on a 6-2 run in the quarter to take a 14-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter where they were able to maintain their lead and secure the 15-10 victory.
The duo of Daniel Bucaro and Ryan Lee put on a show for the second game in a row, each putting up three goals and one assist in the win for Denver. Chris Aslanian also tallied three points (2G/1A).
For the Barrage, Alex Woodall went 15-for-27 (55%) at the faceoff dot and Shayne Jackson led the way offensively with a hat trick.