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After going 0-4 in group play, Chaos LC came out firing on all cylinders in their first round matchup against No. 2 seed Chrome LC, pulling off the 19-14 upset.
A feed from Kevin Buchanan to Dhane Smith got Chaos on the board first and a feed from Dhane Smith across the face of the cage to a cutting Josh Byrne gave them the early 2-0 lead. A sweep up top and a twister shot from Jordan MacIntosh got Chrome on the board just minutes later.
Leading 5-4 heading into the second quarter, Chaos seemed to crank things up even more. Their defense, which was missing Jack Rowlett who is currently in brain health protocol, held Chrome to just two goals in both the second and third quarters. Their offense, which never saw attackman Connor Fields touch the field, continued their onslaught, pushing their lead out to 12-6 at the half and 16-8 heading into the fourth.
Chrome was able to find some offensive momentum in the fourth quarter, but the bulk of the damage has already been done and there were not able to climb out of the hole they were in.
Josh Byrne led Chaos’ offense with seven points (4G/3A) while Dhane Smith tallied six points (3G/3A), and Jake Froccaro had six points (1G, 2 2ptG, 1A). Blaze Riordan made 12 saves with a 46% clip in the victory.
Jordan Wolf and Jesse King led Chrome with four points (3G/1A). Connor Farrell went 24-for-31 (77%) at the faceoff dot.
Redwoods Power Past Waterdogs
An interception from Pat Harbeson and a finish in transition by Sergio Perkovic in the final minute of the game provided the cherry on top for Redwoods LC , sealing the deal in their 11-8 victory over Waterdogs LC to advance to the semifinals.
Two-pointers from Ryland Rees and Connor Kelly brought Waterdogs back within one after a Redwoods run, which included a two-pointer from Myles Jones, that helped put them up 8-4. While Waterdogs was able to get within one, they couldn’t finish the comeback. Ryder Garnsey finished off a feed from Joe Walters to make it a two-goal game once again and Perkovic put in the final tally to put a nice bow on it.
Ryder Garnsey (2G/2A) and Myles Jones (1G, 1 2ptG, 1A) led Redwoods with four points. Brent Adams, who played at attack and balled out, recorded a hat trick. Redwoods’ faceoff unit had their best game of the championship series, as Greg Puskuldjian went 7-for-10 (70%) and Peyton Smith went 5-for-10 (50%).
Tim Troutner made 11 saves with a 65% save percentage in cage for Redwoods.
Connor Kelly led Waterdogs with three points one one-point goal and one two-point goal. Matt DeLuca made 15 saves with 60% clip.
Archers Outlast Atlas
Archers opened up the game hot, scoring four consecutive goals right out of the gate. Their offense was cookin’ and they were seemingly exploiting every little nook and cranny they could find in the Atlas defense. John Crawley finally got Atlas on the board late in the first quarter.
Leading 4-1 heading into the second quarter, Archers had all the momentum on their side. However, Atlas was able to start eating away at their lead. A two-pointer from Connor Buczek and a goal from Rob Pannell late in the quarter to help make it an 8-6 game at half. But things didn’t feel like a two-goal game at the half due to how much Tom Schreiber took over in the second, ending the half with a hat trick.
Both sides went back-and-forth in the second half. And while Atlas was able to battle back and made it a one-goal game in the third, two straight goals from Will Manny and Ryan Ambler put the game away and helped sealed the 11-9 Archers win.
Tom Schreiber led Archers with five points (3G/2A). Will Manny also recorded a hat trick. Scott Ratliff had another impressive outing, causing three turnovers, scooping up six ground balls, and dishing out two assists. Drew Adams made 12 saves with a 60% save percentage.
Rob Pannell led Atlas with four points (3G/1A). Chris Cloutier had himself a game, recording a hat trick.
PLL Semifinal Schedule
Thursday, August 6th
8:00pm ET – No. 3 Archers vs No. 7 Chaos
10:30pm ET – No. 1 Whipsnakes vs No. 4 Redwoods