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In a battle of undefeated’s and a rematch of last year’s MLL title game, the Denver Outlaws took down the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 13-12, in overtime. Brian Kormondy scored the game-winner with 6:41 left in the overtime period to seal the deal and secure the victory for the Outlaws.
Things were tight the whole contest, as both sides traded runs nearly the entire game. After a three-goal run by Chesapeake late in the third, the momentum flipped in their favor as they held a 10-8 lead heading into the fourth. Two consecutive Lyle Thompson goals early in the fourth helped them stretch their lead to 12-9.
It was all Denver after those two goals from Thompson, which would be the last Chesapeake would see. The Outlaws rattled off three straight, including two goals from Mikie Schlosser and Chris Aslanian within seconds of each other, to tie things up and force overtime. Kormondy was able to get his hands free as he swept from right to left up top and burried the game winning goal right past Brian Phipps, who appeared to be in some kind of pain or discomfort for most of the game.
Ryan Lee led Denver with five goals while Chris Aslanian tallied four points (2G/2A). Max Adler went 22-for-25 at the faceoff dot and scooped up 13 ground balls, which gave the Outlaws a huge boost.
Lyle Thompson netted a hat trick to lead the Bayhawks. Brian Phipps recorded a staggering 16 saves in the loss.
Connecticut Hammerheads 10, New York Lizards 8
Behind a 15-save performance from Sean Sconone, the reigning MLL Goalie of The Year, the Connecticut Hammerheads earned their first win in franchise history, topping the New York Lizards in a contest between two winless squads.
New York was able to get up 2-1 in the first quarter, but were blanked by Connecticut in the second. The Hammerheads took a 4-2 lead into the half and were able to maintain and build on their lead in the final two quarter of play. Connecticut used a three-goal run in the third and a two-goal run in the fourth to help seal the deal.
Bradley Voigt led Connecticut with four goals. Will Sands also tallied four points (2G/2A) in the win and Noah Rak went 13-for-20 at the faceoff dot.
Sean O’Brein led New York with five points (3G/2A). Andrew Pettit also netted two goals for the Lizards.