By Jessica Braveman | 7/26/14 9:30 PM
The Ohio Machine (6-6) defeated the Denver Outlaws (8-4) in an OT thriller. Although the Machine fell behind early, the team caught up in the second half and grabbed the 23-22 victory thanks to a Kyle Harrison tally less than two minutes into overtime. Even with the loss, the Outlaws managed to secure a spot in the playoffs.
As the first quarter opened, it appeared as though Denver might run away with the game. Chris Bocklet scored two goals for the Outlaws, while Jeremy Sieverts added one. After a brief rain delay, Ohio came out determined to make a comeback. The Machine scored four straight goals to put themselves on top. Harrison and Steele Stanwick each scored one, and Logan Schuss scored two for Ohio. At the end of the quarter, however, Denver midfielder Justin Pennington snuck one by Ohio goalie Brian Phipps to tie it up.
Denver once again took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Machine 8-5. Bocklet, Pennington and John Grant, Jr. completed hat tricks, and Colin Dunster scored his first goal of the Game for the Outlaws. Schuss also picked up a hat trick, and was joined by Stanwick, Peter Baum and Marcus Holman in scoring for Ohio.
The second half was fast paced and exciting as the Machine and Outlaws battled it out. Ohio made a comeback and continued to keep pace with Denver as the two teams went back and forth on scoring. Between the two teams, five different players scored multiple goals including Drew Snider and Law of Denver, and Harrison, Holman and Grant, Jr. of Ohio. At the end of regulation, the two teams were locked up 22-22 and headed to overtime.
In overtime, Ohio midfielder Harrison would be the one to end the game, netting the ball a minute and 45 seconds into extra time. The final score would be Ohio 23, Denver 22.
Next, the Outlaws will head to Annapolis to the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. On Saturday, August 2 you can catch the Machine on the road in Rochester at 7:00 p.m. on YouTube.
-Denver secured the first playoff spot despite tonight's loss.
- Ohio’s Kyle Harrison was named Coca-Cola Player of the game for the game winning goal in overtime, as well as his three other goals in the game
- Denver 2-4 on the powerplay, and Ohio 1-1 on the powerplay.
- The Machine broke a club record for goals in a game with 23. The record was broken with the 19th goal of the game for Ohio, which was scored by Marcus Holman.