Game 7 Preview: Cannons vs Hounds

6/11/13 12:00 AM

Game 7 Preview: Cannons vs Hounds

Cannons vs. Hounds
Face Off: 7:00 pm EST
Broadcast: Live on ESPN3

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Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Hounds is the last of a three-game road trip during which the Cannons have suffered some bruises. In the wake of the struggle, which included a 4th quarter breakdown last Friday against the Rattlers in Georgia, the Cannons have let go of head coach Steve Duffy.

John Tucker, who joined the team as an assistant this spring, will take over as head coach. After dropping the first two contests during the road stand, Boston (1-5) wants nothing more than to come back home with a win.  

Boston’s first half schedule was arguably the hardest in the league. In four consecutive weeks, they faced Hamilton, Denver, Chesapeake, and Denver again. These next four weeks are against teams that have not cracked the top three in the league—New York and Ohio with Charlotte on both ends. It’s crunch time for the Cannons.

While this season’s lack of success has brought about a coaching change and threats of missing the playoffs, which would be the third time in franchise history, the 2013 campaign is far from over. Despite their worst start since the 2002 season, in which they started 1-6, the Cannons are just two games out of the fourth and final playoff spot, currently occupied by the Hounds.

Charlotte is 3-3 on the season with wins over New York and Rochester, two teams that have gotten the best of the Cannons this season. Attacker Ryan Young and midfielder Peet Poillon are Charlotte’s most dangerous threats. They top the Hounds with 18 points apiece and are tied for eighth in the league in points with Chesapeake’s Drew Westervelt and Denver’s Jeremy Sieverts. Poillon has struck three times from beyond the two-point line so far this season.   

In the second game of the 2012 season, and the first-ever meeting with the expansion Hounds, the Cannons soundly defeated Charlotte 20-12 at Harvard Stadium. Paul Rabil recorded two goals and an assist, while Mike Stone added three goals. Entering the fourth quarter, the Cannons were comfortably ahead 16-9. Jon Hayes scored his first career goal, while Matt Poskay (five goals) and Ryan Boyle (one goal, six assists) combined for 12 points.

On June 16th in Charlotte, the Hounds looked to return the favor as they jumped out to an early lead, but their run was stifled by two consecutive Kevin Buchanan goals. After a back-and-forth first half, the Cannons took the lead into the break 5-3. In the first two and a half minutes of the third quarter, Poskay went on a three-goal spurt. He would put away two more later on, replicating his five-goal performance from the first match-up against Charlotte. Pat Heim added his first goal of the season and Rabil notched a two-pointer and two assists for four points. Boyle recorded two goals and three assists, again combining with Poskay for a double-digit night with 10 points. Jordan Burke stopped 16 shots, earning him Bud Light Player of the Game honors. The Cannons won 16-8, completing the 2012 season sweep of the Hounds. 

Tune in to ESPN3 at 7:00 EST on Saturday to see if the Cannons can snag a win in Charlotte.

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