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RECAP: Denver remains unbeaten with 19-5 win over Ohio

March 18, 2016
Led by six goals and an assist from Player of the Game Chris Bocklet, the Denver Outlaws scored early and often en route to a 19-5 dismantling of the Ohio Machine Saturday night.

It was Heroes Night in Denver, which honored firefighters, police, first responders and members of the military. The Outlaws put forth and inspired effort wearing camouflage uniforms that will be signed and auctioned off after the game. All proceeds will go to Angels of America’s Fallen, a Colorado-based non-profit, and the Red Cross to help with Colorado wildfire relief and prevention efforts

With the win, the Outlaws improve their league-best record to 8-0, the best start in franchise history. The loss drops the Machine to 1-7, sitting in last place in the standings.

Bocklet scored the first goal of the game for Denver just over a minute into the game, and the Outlaws never looked back. Bocklet’s strike was followed by goals from Brendan Mundorf, Drew Snider and Zach Greer, before Logan Schuss finally scored on a man-up opportunity for the Machine to make it 4-1. Snider closed out the scoring in the first frame with a time and space shot to make it 5-1 in favor of the home team.

Joe Cummings scored 15 seconds into the second quarter to pull the Machine within three, but the Outlaws then responded with seven straight goals to stretch the lead to 12-2 with two minutes remaining in the half. Bocklet, Jeremy Sieverts, and Eric Law each scored two goals in the run, which was capped off when Ohio defenseman Chad Wiedmaier picked up a ground ball and inadvertently tossed it into his own net. Bocklet was credited with the goal.

Ohio’s Joe Resetarits finally ended the Denver run with a nice dodge and conversion, to make it 12-3 heading into intermission.

The third quarter was much of the same, as Justin Turri got the scoring started with a deep two pointer for the Outlaws. Law followed that up with his third goal of the night before Bocklet recorded his fifth goal on the man-advantage to close out the third quarter.

Connor Martin got on the scoresheet for Ohio to start the fourth quarter with a nifty behind the back goal that beat back-up goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano. Greer responded with his second goal of the night before Resetarits scored his second to bring the score to 17-5. Snider and Bocklet closed out the scoring for the Outlaws as the game ended 19-5.

Next, the Outlaws will host the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday, June 29, at 9:00 PM eastern time, in a game broadcast by CBS Sports Network. Ohio also returns to action on Saturday when the host the Boston Cannons in a 7:30 matchup that will be broadcast regionally, and will be available to watch on ESPN3.

Game Notes

-          Denver rookie Eric Law had another great performance (3 goals 2 assists), but after scoring on the first nine shots of his MLL career, an attempt finally didn’t find the back of the net, as Ohio goalie Brian Phipps denied his first shot of the game.

-          This was the first game of the season for Resetartis, who had two goals for the Machine.

-          Cipriano checked into the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter, relieving starter Jesse Schwartzman, who allowed only three goals in three quarters.

-          No Ohio players were credited with an assist in the game.