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Game 6 Preview - Cannons @ Machine
Cannons vs. Machine
Friday, June 6th, 2014
CBS Sports Network (LIVE)
BOSTON, MA - (June 4, 2014) The Cannons look to get their first win on the road this season when they travel to face the Ohio Machine on Friday. The team has lost both of their away games this season, each game by only 1 goal. They fell in Week 2 in Rochester against the Rattlers and last week in New York against the Lizards. The Cannons currently hold a record of 2-3 and are in a 2 way tie for 5th place in the MLL standings.
The Cannons looked for their first road win of the season on Friday night against the New York Lizards but fell just short. “We played hard all night long, yet left a ton of opportunities on the field,” said Cannons Head Coach John Tucker.
The Cannons now travel to Delaware, OH to take on the Machine in the second week in a row away from Harvard Stadium. The game is on Friday, June 6th at 8:00 pm on CBS Sports Network.
"The Machine will test our defense with smart shooters, and after last week we have our work cut out for us," said Head Coach John Tucker. "All of the Machine's young guns; they have no weak spots. We'll have to bring our best to battle."
Against the Lizards the Cannons struggled to create offense when Paul Rabil did not have the ball. Rabil tallied 6 points, scoring 2 goals and creating 4 more with assists. Stephen Berger had 3 points for the Cannons, 2 goals and assisting Paul Rabil on the first goal of the game. Jordan Burke is now just 16 saves away from 600 for his career.
"Burke is having a great season, we've got to help him win now. He does his part, that's for sure," stated Coach John Tucker.
The game was played mainly in the Cannons defensive area, with the Lizards constantly giving the ball to Rob Pannell who scored 2 goals and had 1 assist. Ned Crotty scored a hat-trick and tallied 2 assists on the night for the Lizards. Coach Tucker stated “I felt we had too many turnovers and played a great deal in our defensive half” after the game.
Ohio got their second win of the season last weekend, defeating the Chesapeake Bayhawks by a score of 15-11. Marcus Holman led the way for the Machine against the Bayhawks, scoring 4 goals including a 2 point goal, and tallying an assist for 6 points. Peter Baum, currently 3rd in MLL in goals scored 3 goals against the Bayhawks, including 1 on a man-up advantage. The Machine punished the Bayhawks on the man-up advantage going 4-7 on the power play.
Last season the Cannons split the season series with Ohio, winning 13-10 on the road and losing 16-12 at Harvard Stadium. In their first matchup, their win the Cannons took advantage of the 2nd and 3rd quarters, outscoring the Machine 10-3 over the 2 quarters. The offense was lead by Mike Stone who scored 3 goals and had 1 assist, all of the points coming in the 3rd quarter.
In the second matchup, the loss the Cannons fell behind early and struggled to try and even the score. The Machine jumped out to a 7-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in defeating the Cannons 16-12. Paul Rabil was held without a point in the matchup in the game, something that has yet to happen this 2014 season. Kevin Buchanan scored 2 goals, one 2 point goal in the contest.
The Cannons have yet to lose a game when traveling to Ohio and look to improve to 3-0 at the Machine’s home stadium. They also look to improve their overall record against Ohio to 4-1 and are ready to earn their third win during the 2014 season.
-Jordan Burke has 23 wins all time, only 2 away from tying current Cannons record holder for all time wins, Chris Garrity
-Burke is also 16 saves away from 600 for his career
-Paul Rabil is 26 goals away from reaching 200 in his career
-Ryan Boyle is 13 points away from reaching 200 in his career'
-Kevin Buchanan is 1 point away from reaching 150 in his career
-Kyle Sweeney is 10 Ground Balls away from collecting 200 in his career
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