By William Griffin | 6/1/13 9:00 AM
The Denver Outlaws remain unbeaten at 5-0 after their 24-14 defeat of the visiting Boston Cannons. The Cannons, who had never lost in Denver before today, fall to 1-4 on the season and sit in seventh place through five weeks of play.
The game started out high scoring and close; Denver scored 6 of the first 7, highlighted by two unassisted goals from Anthony Kelly off the faceoff. Boston kept fighting and quickly scored four straight goals, including two from Matt Poskay, to close the gap to one, making it 6-5 in favor of Denver.
Denver stretched its lead to four (9-5), in the second quarter, with three straight goals, but Boston’s Mike Stone scored his second goal of the game to bring it within three with under four minutes to play in the half. Outlaws’ Midfielder Justin Turri ripped an unassisted two-point goal to close out the quarter with Denver leading 11-6 heading into the locker room.
The teams traded goals in an evenly matched third period. Outlaws’ Midfielder Drew Snider began to take over the game at this point, recording three of his five goals (six points) in the quarter.
The fourth quarter started out with more of the same for Denver; two quick two point goals from Jeremy Sieverts and Snider gave Coach Jim Stagnitta’s Outlaws a commanding 22-10 lead. Cannons’ coach Steve Duffy tried to light a spark in his team by pulling starting goalie Jordan Burke, however that would prove to be ineffective when Mundorf and Kimener each put one past replacement goaltender Mike Gabel shortly after. The one high note from the fourth quarter for the Cannons, rookie Will Manny (U Mass) recorded his first career goal, on one of Paul Rabil’s five assists, in his debut.
Next week, the Cannons stay on the road when they travel to Kennesaw, Ga. to face the Rochester Rattlers (1-3) on Friday June 7 at 8 p.m. The match will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.
The Outlaws will remain at home next week when they host the Hamilton Nationals June 8 at 6 p.m. The game, which can be seen on the League’s YouTube channel, has the possibility of being a battle of unbeatens if the Nationals win at Chesapeake this weekend.