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RECAP: Lizards break two-game skid with 14-8 win at Ohio

March 18, 2016
The New York Lizards scored the first five goals of the game en route to a 14-8 win over the Ohio Machine, behind four goals and two assists from midfielder Stephen Berger, who was named Player of the Game. The win breaks a two game losing streak for the Lizards, bringing their record to 2-2 on the year, while the loss drops the Machine to 0-3 for the second straight season.

Tommy Palasek got the scoring started for the Lizards in the first quarter off an assist from David Earl, who had four points on the night with two goals and two helpers. Berger followed with an unassisted tally of his own, before Kevin Unterstein took a feed from Matt Bernier to bring the lead to 3-0.

Mark Matthews then added an unassisted goal before Palasek scored his second goal of the quarter off a helper from Stephen Berger. Once again, the Machine offense struggled to find the back of the net, as a dialed in Drew Adams made 20 saves, while only allowing seven goals.

Finally, Chazz Woodson got the Machine on the board with 2:24 left in the quarter with a nifty dodge and finish down the left alley before Ray Megill made the game 5-2 on a fast-break goal a minute before the end of the quarter.

The second quarter started on a good note for the Machine as Will Harrington shook free of his defender behind the goal and converted a left-handed goal coming around the crease.

New York regained momentum, however, on back-to-back goals from Berger and Earl, who scored on a man-up opportunity. The half would end with the Lizards leading 7-3.

Once again, the quarter started optimistically for the Machine, as Woodson and  midfielder Kiel Matisz both converted their chances.

New York then rattled off four goals of their own, keyed by victories at the faceoff X by Greg Gurenlian, who won 17 of 26 on the night, stretching  the lead to 11-5. The teams split the last four goals of the quarter giving the Lizards a 13-7 advantage.

For the third consecutive quarter, the Machine got on the board first, as leading scorer Steele Stanwick scored his fifth goal of the season on a man-up opportunity. Berger followed that with his fifth tally of the game before Machine longpole Kyle Hartzell scored the final goal of the game with just over a minute left to bring the final score to 14-8 in favor of the Lizards.

Ohio continues its two game homestand next week, playing host to the Hamilton Nationals on Thursday, May 23 in a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network. New York has a bye week before preparing for a home game against the Charlotte Hounds on Friday, May 31, at 7:30 in Shuart Stadium.

Game Notes:

-    The New York defense combined to hold Machine leading scorer Stanwick to one goal on only two shots, forcing him into multiple turnovers.
-    The struggles in goal continued for the Machine, as starter Stefan Schroder allowed 14 goals, while stopping only 7 shots
-    New York goalie John Gaegan saw his first action of the season, playing the final 1:50 in place of Adams. He allowed a goal on the only shot he faced.
-    Joe Cummings was the only player on the Machine to record an assist. He had two.