The Big Picture:The Charlotte Hounds will head up north to play the Hamilton Natoinals on Saturday, August 4th at 7 p.m. ET. Last week the Hounds (3-9), lost to the Long Island Lizards in a tough game 13-9. The Nationals (3-9) were defeated by the hot Denver Outlaws 21-12.
This is the second matchup between the Charlotte Hounds and Hamilton Nationals. In the first game back on June 2nd, the Nationals edged the Hounds 18-17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Charlotte Hounds: The Hounds inaugural season is not going as planned. It has been tough season but they have a ton to look forward to for the future years. They have a bunch of standout players with Matt Danowski and Stephen Berger. They need to keep working together and build on their successes to be able to come out strong next season. The expansion team was eliminated in Week 11 after a 14-5 loss to the Rochester Rattlers. This is the final road game for the Hounds before they play their final home game at American Legion Memorial Stadium.
Players to Watch: Jeremy Boltus will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. He could be replaced by rookie midfielder Joe Vitale, who appeared in one game for the Hounds this season on July 20 against the Rochester Rattlers. Also look out for Jovan Miller to score another spectacular goal this week.
Hamilton Nationals: The Nationals had a tough game against the Denver Outlaws last week but they did have some positive aspects to the game. They shared the scoring as six different players scored a goal and nine different players recorded at least one point. Also the Nationals are third in face-off winning percentage with 54.7%. They were eliminated in Week 11 after a 19-12 loss to the Long Island Lizards. Hamilton looks play well in front of their crowd as they are only 2-3 at home. This game is winnable for the Nationals and after only losing by one last time against the Hounds; they should come out flying with the home crowd behind them.
Players to Watch: Joe Walters in only nine games this season is leading the team in points with 37 having 16 goals, one 2-pointer and 20 assists. He has been a dominate force for the Nationals. Also Kevin Crowley has been hot lately. In his last five games, he has 16 points including 10 goals, and six assists. Finally Matt Dolente has been dominating at the face-off spot by winning 55.7% of his face-offs.