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Game 7 Preview - Cannons @ Bayhawks
Saturday, June 14th, 2014
CBS Sports Network (LIVE)
BOSTON, MA - (June 12, 2014) The Cannons look to build off their first road win of the season last week as they travel to face the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday, June 14th at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, MD. The game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network.
The Cannons are 1-2 on the road this season, with an overall record of 3-3 on the year and are tied for fourth place in the MLL standings, the final playoff spot. The Cannons got their first win on the road this season in a back and forth affair against the Ohio Machine, winning 17-16. It was a season high 17 goals for the Cannons, with the game winning goal coming from captain Ryan Boyle with less than 1:15 left in the game. Will Manny tallied a season high 7 points, scoring 4 goals and assisting on 3 other goals. Stephen Berger also scored 4 goals for Boston.
"Will Manny is one of the top scorers in the MLL, he is an important piece in our offensive puzzle," stated Cannons Head coach John Tucker.
The back and forth battle could be seen early on as the Cannons and Machine went to battle. The Machine scored 2 early goals, including a 2-pointer from Breg Bice, before the Cannons got on the scoreboard with a goal from Paul Rabil. The Cannons and Machine ended the first quarter tied at 4 before the Cannons outscored Ohio 7-5 in the second quarter to take a 11-9 lead into the half.
The Machine started the 2nd half as the did the first, quickly evaporating the Cannons 2 goal lead. The 4th quarter started with the teams tied at 13. The back and forth action continued throughout the 4th with the Machine leading by 1 with under 4 minutes to play. Stephen Berger scored the game tying goal and then fed Boyle minutes later to give the Cannons a 17-16 lead with a little over a minute left in the game. The Machine had a final offensive possession, gettign off a shot before Cannons rookie Scott McWilliams check forced the game ending turnover.
Cannons goalie Jordan Burke broke the 600 save mark for his career with the win. Head Coach John Tucker thinks he is a vital part in the Cannons success so far stating, "Jordan Burke is one of our MVPs. He sees the ball clearly and consistently."
The Bayhawks have lost 4 consecutive games and are looking for revenge against the Cannons after their 15-9 loss on opening weekend at Harvard Stadium. In the season opener, newly acquired attackman Brendan Mundorf tallied 6 points for the Bayhawks. The Bayhawks look for revenge and their second win of the season on their home turf.
Last season the Cannons split the season series against the Bayhawks, winning 15-14 at home and losing 13-12 on the road. In the first matchup, the Cannons defeated the Bayhawks on a Ryan Boyle overtime winner. Paul Rabil tied the game up at 14 with just over 1 minute left to play in the game to send the game to overtime. With only 4 seconds remaining on the shot clock, Boyle drove to the goal and tip toed along the crease before putting the ball past Bayhawks goalie Kip Turner for the game winner.
In their second meeting the Bayhawks got the better of the Cannons even after the Cannons had a strong defensive first half. Boston shut out the Bayhawks in the first quarter but were only able to put 1 goal on the scoreboard. In the second quarter the Cannons again stifled the Bayhawks offense allowing only 3 goals while scoring 5 of their own to take a 6-3 at the half. In the second half the Bayhawks came out firing, scoring 5 straight goals before the Cannons responded with 3 of their own. The Bayhawks tied the game with 5 seconds left to send the game to overtime. In overtime the Bayhawks scored after 3 minutes while on a man up advantage.
The Cannons look to get their first two game win streak of the season and to start climbing up the rankings to solidify a spot in the newly formatted MLL playoffs.
-Jordan Burke has 24 wins all time, only 1 away from tying current Cannons record holder for all time wins, Chris Garrity
-Burke broke the 600 save mark for his career last weekend.
-Trails only Chris Garrity by 52 saves
-Paul Rabil is 24 goals away from reaching 200 in his career
-Ryan Boyle is 9 points away from reaching 200 as a Cannon
-Kyle Sweeney is 8 Ground Balls away from collecting 200 as a Cannon
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