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After mounting an impressive comeback in the final five minutes of the contest, the Boston Cannons defeated the Philadelphia Barrage, 12-10. The victory improves the Cannons’ record to 2-1. The Barrage drop to 1-3.
With both teams coming off of games the day prior, and Philadelphia playing their fourth game in as many days, the first half was slower than expected, offensively speaking, and saw each defense take charge. Boston held a 4-3 lead at the half.
Following a Bryan Cole goal that got the scoring started for the Cannons early in the third, the Barrage offense rattled off four straight, which included two from Brendan Sunday. And while Boston had an answer, Philadelphia was able to stay in front and take a 9-7 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Down 10-8 with just over five minutes left in regulation, Brendan Sunday’s goal was waived off and Boston got a needed possession and had to make something happen. And they did just that, as Mark Cockerton goal was the spark for a four-goal rally to secure the 12-10 victory for the Cannons. Randy Staats followed up Cockerton’s goal fairly quickly with one of his own, tying the game at 10, and a feed from Staats to Reilly O’Connor put Boston in front, 11-10, for the first time since early in the third. John Uppgren scored the final goal of the game with 1:38 on the clock to seal the deal and put some icing on the cake.
Bryan Cole led Boston with a hat trick, while Shayne Jackson and Tyson Gibson each recorded a hat trick for Philadelphia, as well. Boston’s Kevin Reisman went 13-for-21 (62%) at the faceoff dot, which included going 6-for-7 in the fourth quarter.
Denver Outlaws 12, New York Lizards 11
While the winless New York Lizards gave all they had in the thunderstorm interrupted contest, the Denver Outlaws came out on top, 11-12, to move to 3-0 on the season.
The first half saw things remain pretty tight on both ends as each team took turns taking shots at each other. However, New York ended the half on a three-goal run, which saw Nicky Galasso score a buzzer beater at the end of the first and Decker Curran and Connor O’Hara each find the back for the net in the second to put the Lizards up 6-4 at the half.
Down 7-5 with 9:45 in the third, Ryan Lee caught fire and rattled off four straight goals to put Denver in the driver’s seat, 9-7. Brian Kormondy put one in with just five seconds left in the third to stretch the Denver run to five goals. While Denver looked to have all the energy, New York woke up again in the fourth, going back-and-forth with the Outlaws early on in the quarter.
As Denver held a 12-9 lead with just under seven minutes left in the contest, Sean O’Brein took advantage of a short stick matchup at X and drove around the cage for a diving goal. Dylan Molloy followed minutes later, making it a one-goal game. New York had an opportunity late, but a controversial moving pick call on Nicky Galasso gave Denver possession back and allowed them to run out the clock and secure the win.
Ryan Lee led Denver with five goals, while Dan Bucaro had a hat trick for the third consecutive game. Connor O’Hara led New York with three goals. Austin Kaut made 14 saves for New York and Christian Knight and Nick Washuta split time for Denver.