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With 1:22 minutes left in regulation, Colin Minicus scored the game-winner to seal the 12-11 win for Philadelphia in their regular season finale. Minicus’ goal came off the heels of goals from Jon Mazza, Ryan MacSpayden, and Brendan Sunday to stretch the Barrage’s game-ending run to four goals.
The Philadelphia win eliminated New York from playoff contention.
After a slow first half, which saw New York go into the break with a 5-3 lead, the scoring started to ramp up in the third, as the Lizards outscored the Barrage 4-3 in the quarter. Down 9-6 heading into the final quarter, the Barrage really lived up to their nickname, getting hot and outscoring New York 6-2 in the final period to help secure the win.
Tyson Gibson led Philadelphia with a hat trick while Jon Mazza tallied three points (2G/1A). Alex Woodall went 20-for-25 at the faceoff dot.
Nick Aponte and Conor O’Hara led the New York offense, each recording hat tricks in the loss. Austin Kaut made 12 saves for the Lizards in cage.
Boston Cannons, Connecticut Hammerheads
After getting down 5-2 at the half, the Hammerheads roared back in the second half, tying things up at 6-6 in the third and using a multi-goal run in the fourth to secure the 11-8 victory. As it stands after this upset win, Connecticut is now ahead both Boston and Philadelphia in the standings and currently sitting in third place in the league. However, Philadelphia holds the head-to-head tie breaker over Connecticut.
The play Connecticut got in goal from Sean Sconone was the story of the game, as the second-year goalie posted 22 saves in the win, including 15 saves in the first half of the game alone. Those saves in the first half really allowed the Hammerheads to not let things get away from them when the Boston offense was hot. Nick Marrocco made 13 saves for Boston, making the contest a goalie duel for most of the game.
Ben Martin and Bradley Voigt each recorded hat tricks to lead Connecticut. Michael Kraus and Ryan McNamara each found the back of the cage twice.
Kyle Jackson and Bryce Wasserman led Boston with two goals apiece.
With New York being the only team eliminated from playoff contention, and Denver and Chesapeake being the only two teams who have locked up playoff spots, there are multiple scenarios that could go down tomorrow to determine the finalized playoff field.
Philadelphia needs Chesapeake to beat Connecticut to be in. If the Chesapeake loses then Philadelphia’s playoff hopes go out the window. Boston can get in with a Connecticut win over Chesapeake or if they beat Denver. Connecticut gets in if either them or Denver wins tomorrow.