PLL Notebook: Chaos, Whipsnakes Advance to Title Game

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Behind a 50% day for Tommy Kelly at the faceoff dot, 18 save (67%) performance from Blaze Riordan, five-point (2G/3A) day from Josh Byrne, Chaos was able to take down Archers, 13-9, to advance to the PLL Championship game on Sunday. They will face Whipsnakes in the title game on Sunday. 

Marcus Holman recorded a hat trick to lead Archers and Tom Schreiber tallied three points (2G/1A). 

Sergio Salcido and Christian Mazzone broke the ice for Chaos and Archers, respectively. Patrick Resch and Eric Scott followed with two of their own to put Chaos in the driver’s seat, 3-1 entering the second quarter. 

A one-handed, between the legs goal on the run from Josh Byrne helped ignite Chaos offense even more in the second. The highlight reel goal from Byrne was one of two from him in the second alone and helped them take a commanding 8-3 lead heading into the half. 

Down five coming out of the half, Archers finally found their feet on the offensive end in the third quarter. Marcus Holman exploded for a single-quarter hat trick, which included a highlight reel diving goal off of a Chaos pass that Ryan Ambler tipped on the ride. And while that offensive renaissance gave them some much needed energy, Chaos had an answer. Curtis Dickson also recorded a hat trick in the third and a diving backhand goal from the one dubbed Superman gave Chaos a 12-8 lead heading into the fourth. 

Neither offense really got much of anything going in the fourth, thus allowing Chaos to stay ahead and secure the victory. 

Whipsnakes Edge Redwoods in OT

The defending champs got hot early in this rematch of last season’s title game, taking an early 3-1 lead with goals coming from Jay Carlson, Mike Chanechuk, and Brad Smith. Brendan Gleason and Jack Near got Redwoods on the board, making it a 4-2 Whipsnakes lead heading into the second. 

Whipsnakes continued their onslaught in the second quarter as they pushed out to an 8-2 lead following a Michael Ehrhardt two-bomb and a third of the game for Jay Carlson. However, Redwoods were able to get some momentum back and made it a 9-6 game at the half. 

Redwoods continued to climb the mountain back. Following a second Michael Ehrhardt two-bomb, Redwoods saw Matt Kavanagh finish on a diving goal late in the third to make it an 12-11 game and Ryder Garnsey went straight through the teeth of the defense to tie it at 12 with 2:54 in regulation and force overtime. 

In overtime, Tim Troutner made a point-blank save to extend the game but a failed Air Gait attempt from Brent Adams gave Whipsnakes the ball back and Jeremy Sieverts scored his first goal of the championship series on a bouncer off left-to-right sweep up top, which secured the Whipsnakes win. 

Jay Carlson led Whipsnakes with four goals while Michael Ehrhardt has two two-pointers and an assist. Brad Smith also had one goal and five assists. Kyle Bernlohr was stellar in cage, making 13 saves with a 52% clip. At the dot, Joe Nardella went 18-for-26 (69%). 

Matt Kavanagh led Redwoods with five points (4G/1A). Ryder Garnsey also had two goals and two assists. Tim Troutner made 11 saves with a 50% clip. 

Championship Game

Sunday, August 9th 

12:30pm: No. 1 Whipsnakes vs No. 7 Chaos 

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