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With just over eight minutes left in the overtime period, Sergio Perkovic rolled back and fed Myles Jones, who drew the double team and found a butt-naked wide open Ryder Garnsey down low for the game-winning score, sealing the 8-7 win for Redwoods LC in what was the lowest scoring game in PLL history.
Chaos LC held a 3-1 lead after a very sleepy first half. Redwoods LC finally got in their groove in the second half and forced the comeback. In the third, Redwoods blanked Chaos, while scoring three unanswered, including a two-bomb from Sergio Perkovic. Myles Jones and Ryder Garnsey also scored in the third. A Mark Glicini interception that lead to a beautiful pass down pick down sequence between him and Josh Byrne and a two-bomb from Troy Reh helped get Chaos some energy back and tie things up at 7 to force overtime.
Both goalies really stepped up in overtime, just as they had all game. Tim Troutner made a game saving save on the doorstep immediately before Redwoods’ final possession of the game. The second-year goalie ended the game with 15 saves (71%). Riorden, the reigning PLL Goalie of The Year, ended the game with a league record 23 saves (77%). Riorden broke his own single-game save record of 21, which he set last season.
Myles Jones led Redwoods with three points (1G/2A). Ryder Garnsey found the back of the net twice.
Curtis Dickson led Chaos with three points (2G/1A) and Josh Byrne also had two goals in the contest. Tommy Kelly dominated the faceoff dot, going 12-for-17 (71%).
Jones vs Salcido
One of the biggest storylines coming into this contest was Myles Jones and Sergio Salcido going up against their former teams for the first time since that blockbuster trade between Chaos and Redwoods in February.
While Salcido may have looked to fit in better quicker with his new squad earlier on in the series, the script flipped more towards Jones tonight after he was able to take over the offense when they needed someone to step up heading into the second half. Jones led Redwoods in scoring and also showed off his feeding skills multiple times, especially in that game winning play.
Salcido was silenced in this game, not getting on the board or recording an assist. Salcido’s play very much mirrored that of Chaos’ midfield unit as a whole, which was not very pretty or efficient. Outside of maybe a few shots, Salcido did virtually nothing in this contest.
Jones certainly wins this round by a long shot. We’ll see how things go the next time these two squads meet.
Play of The Game
What else can it be but the game winning play, right?
Jones draws the double and finds an open Ryder Garnsey down low for the win!
— Lacrosse Bucket (@LacrosseBucket) July 30, 2020
Tim Troutner doorstep save to extend the game and help give Redwoods that final possession to seal the deal.
— Premier Lacrosse League (@PremierLacrosse) July 30, 2020