The New York Lizards (9-5) defeated the Denver Outlaws (9-5) 12-11 in an exhilarating overtime match. Although the Lizards were victorious, the Outlaws will still head into the playoffs with home field advantage and host New York next Saturday, Aug. 16 at the University of Denver’s Peter Barton Stadium at 5:30 p.m. ET.
If nothing else, the first quarter proved how evenly matched the Lizards and Outlaws were. Both teams were plagued by turnovers and individual play, but were saved by the incredible goal tending of both goalies, Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman and New York’s Drew Adams. Six goals were scored in the opening quarter, Denver with the advantage. Denver’s Drew Snider picked up a hat trick and Chris Bocklet added a goal giving the Outlaws four goals over New York’s two (scored by JoJo Marasco and Rob Pannell).
In the second quarter, the game grew more physical after New York was able to tie it up. Both teams displayed a sense of urgency, firing shot after shot, many of which being stopped by the continuous high-level play of the goalies. Rookie Brandon Mangan, Ned Crotty (with two), Steve DeNapoli and Michael Kimmel scored for New York, and Jeremy Sieverts and Eric Law (with two) scored for Denver. The first half would end with New York up 8-7.
The third quarter continued with the same aggressive style of play. Only four goals were scored; Zack Greer and Colin Dunster for the Outlaws, and Marasco and Michael Skudin for the Lizards. New York managed to maintain the lead, heading into the final quarter up 10-9.
It all came down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Lizards and Outlaws were in a deadlock at 10 apiece until the final five minutes, when Kimmel would put New York ahead, followed by a goal from John Grant, Jr., sending the two teams to overtime tied 11-11.
Kyle Hartzell, long pole defenseman for the Lizards would be the hero in overtime, scoring two minutes and 19 seconds into the sudden victory period, giving New York the win.
Next week, the Lizards and Outlaws will face off again in the semifinals, this time in Denver. Watch the game on CBS Sports Network at 5:30 p.m. ET.
- New York’s Kyle Hartzell named the Coca-Cola player of the game for his over time winning goal.
- John Grant, Jr. continued his record-setting season, adding another goal, and set the record at 281 goals.
- Denver and New York each served 3.5 minutes of penalties.
- New York’s Greg Gurenlian went 18-27 at the X; Brent Hiken, Justin Pennington, Jeff Froccaro and Dillon Roy combining to go 9-27 at the X.