By Rachel Villari | 6/21/14 11:10 PM
The Cannons defeated the Ohio Machine two minutes into sudden victory overtime in a hard fought, high scoring game, thanks in part to Coca-Cola Player of the Game Paul Rabil. Both teams desperately needed a win to move from a four-way fourth place tie to a three-way third place tie in the League standings as the hunt for a playoff berth begins. The Boston Cannons are now tied at .500 with the Florida Launch and New York Lizards.
The first quarter started as game of call and answer, as less than two minutes in Kyle Harrison drew a one minute slashing penalty and the Cannons went on the man-advantage but were unable to capitalize. Shortly after, Will Manny opened up scoring with an unassisted goal, to which Ohio’s Steele Stanwick quickly answered, faking a pass in front of the net and drawing the Cannon’s defense, allowing him to slip one by Jordan Burke.
Manny did not hesitate to respond, scoring his second of the night and putting the Cannons ahead again, only to be matched by Logan Schuss’s first of the night, charging the net off of a pass from Kyle Harrison.
The Cannons were able to net two in a row after that, Stephen Berger canning his first of the night and Kyle Sweeney scoring his first of the season, carrying the ball the length of the field and ripping one past Brian Phipps to send the Machine into the second trailing 4-2.
As he did in the first, Manny helped open the scoring in the second, this time with an assist on Rob Emery’s first of the night as the rookie faked a shot from the two-point line and then fired. Manny completed his hat trick less than a minute later off of a pass from Jack Rice from behind the net. Then, it was time for the Machine to battle back.
The Cannons received their first one minute penalty of the game for an illegal body check and the Machine capitalized. Schuss worked the power play, netting his second of the night, followed closely after by Harrison, who crowded the net, faked going high corner and slipped it by Phipps’ side, just as Berger did in the first.
Boston battled back, solidifying their lead with another goal from Emery and a fiery 2-pointer from Rabil. Then, true to this game’s fashion, Marcus Holman nailed a 2-point goal for the Machine with only seconds left in the second, but Boston still led 9-6 after the first half.
Scoring in the third was ignited by Harrison, who netted his first of the game. Buchanan answered with two goals of his own shortly thereafter. The first featured Berger returning the favor, setting the Team USA attackman up for a ripper, and the second showcased the Cannons’ special teams from last weekend as they capitalized on the Machine’s man-down due to a delay of game play.
Farrell netted another, quickly followed by Rabil, and then Ohio was able to secure two goals in a row from first time contributors in the game by MLL sophomores Kevin Cooper and Jake Berndhardt. The Machine outscored the Cannons for the first time in the third, netting four in comparison to the host’s three.
Ohio entered the final quarter a little too close for the Cannons’ liking. To rectify that, Manny scored his fourth of the night off of a feed from Rabil, crossing the two-point line, extending Boston’s lead 13-10 four minutes in. Rabil netted his own two minutes later, rushing the net and firing a shot that slid off Phipps’ chest and into the goal for the midfielder’s seventh point of the game.
Halfway through the fourth, rookie Peter Baum netted his first after a particularly offensively quiet first half for the usual point-collector. The Cannons didn’t allow their guests to celebrate for long though, as Buchanan completed his hat trick with an unassisted back-netter, and then netted another goal for good measure off of a bouncing pass from Rabil in front of the crease to put the Cannons up by five goals with five left in the game.
The Machine battled back, forcing the Cannons to blow their five goal lead with five minutes left in the game. The barrage was led with a goal from Schuss, his third of the night, and quickly followed by another goal from Baum, defenseman Dana Wilber’s first of the season, a clutch 2-pointer, and rookie Tom Schreiber’s first of the night, leveling the score 16-16 with one minute left.
Just as he had opened up scoring in the first, Manny sealed the win for the Cannons 17-16 with the ultimate goal less than two minutes into sudden victory overtime. Coca-Cola Player of the Game Rabil was credited with the assist, his ninth and final point of the game as the Cannons just barely avoided another single-point loss.
Finally having hit .500 again, the Cannons will travel to Charlotte next Saturday, June 28 to take on the Hounds at 7:00 p.m. (ET), featured on ESPN3. com and syndicated channels. The Ohio Machine will look to earn another win in Boston’s wake, traveling to New York to take on the Lizards. The game will air on YouTube.com at 7:00 p.m. (ET) Saturday, June 28.
· Paul Rabil and Kyle Sweeney are all close to hitting 200 career milestones; Rabil is 20 goals away and Sweeney is 5 ground balls away.
· Chris Eck took 22 out of 34 faceoffs.
· The game was dominated by point collectors Rabil (9), Manny (6), and Buchanan (6) from Boston, and Holman, Harrison, Schuss, and Farrell, all with three points apiece.
· This game featured four hat tricks, with at least three goals scored by Schuss of the Machine, and Manny (5), Buchanan (4), and Rabil (3 and 1 2-point goal) of the Cannons.
· With the win, Boston goaltender and Team MLL All-Star Jordan Burke is now tied with Chris Garrity for the most career wins in a Cannons jersey with 25 W’s.
· The 2014 MLL All-Star Game, which will feature Team MLL vs. Team USA, is just around the corner on Thursday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 617-746-9933.