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Game 5 Preview: Cannons vs. Outlaws

March 18, 2016
Cannons vs. Outlaws
Face Off: 9:30pm EST
Broadcast: Live on

Coming off their first win of the season against the MLL defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks, the Cannons gained back some confidence after a franchise-worst 0-3 start to the season. The win boosted morale and proved to the rest of the MLL that the Cannons are still contenders. There was perhaps no better time for the Cannons to record their first win than against the then 3-0 Bayhawks, as they will face the undefeated Denver Outlaws (4-0) on Friday. The Cannons will need to keep the momentum rolling if they are to have a shot at knocking off the number one.

Starting Goalie Jordan Burke, who is expected to make his return on Friday after a two-week stint on the Injured Reserve list, and the rest of the Cannons defense will have their hands full as Denver leads the league in shooting percentage (37%) through the first four games. They’ve scored at least twenty goals twice this season. Denver also has four players in the top ten in points—Chris Bocklet (17), Brendan Mundorf (14), Jeremy Boltus (12), Drew Snider (12), are ranked third, fifth, and tied for eighth, respectively. After a special seven-point performance against the Bayhawks, Boston’s Paul Rabil is second in the league with 18 points. With five of the top ten players in points, Friday’s contest has the makings of a high-scoring, offensively-powered game.

The Cannons have activated their top three draft picks for Friday’s game—midfielder Cameron Flint (6 th overall, University of Denver,) midfielder Scott Ratliff (9 th overall, Loyola,) and attacker Will Manny (14 th overall, UMass.)

Back on May 11, the Outlaws left Harvard Stadium with a 14-10 win behind Drew Sniders’ five goals, spoiling Ryan Boyle’s MLL points record-breaking night in the process. With two assists, the Cannons’ captain surpassed Casey Powell, who held the record at 399.

Snider scored his first just 13 seconds in and the Outlaws raced out to an early 3-0 lead. Rabil and Mike Stone countered with goals of their own, but the Outlaws would stretch the margin back to three before the end of the first quarter. The second frame saw more give-and-take play and the Outlaws went into the locker room with a 9-6 lead at half.

The Cannons came out firing at the start of the third quarter. Matt Poskay recorded a hat trick and Kyle Sweeney scored his first of the year, and the Cannons’ deficit stood at just one entering the fourth quarter. The Cannons would not see the back of Denver’s net again as they were held scoreless in the fourth quarter for the second consecutive week. 

Start the countdown for Rabil—he needs just 19 points to overtake Conor Gill (282) on the Cannons’ all-time points list. Poskay is seven games away from being the Cannons’ leader in number of games played. Ryan Curtis is the current leader with 86 games played. With a victory, Burke will record his 18 th win for the Cannons, tying him for second place on the Cannons’ all-time wins list.

The Cannons are a perfect 5-0 in Denver. Tune in to at 9:30pm EST Friday to see if the streak continues.