By Hannah McCaffrey | 6/28/13 10:10 AM
Chesapeake Bayhawks at Hamilton Nationals
Saturday, June 27 – 7:00 p.m. (EST) – Ron Joyce Stadium
As the race for a spot in the playoffs starts to heat up, the Chesapeake Bayhawks travel to Hamilton, Ontario to face off against the Nationals at Ron Joyce Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
The Hamilton Nationals and Chesapeake Bayhawks last met during Week 5 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium when the Nationals won 12-11 in an overtime nail-biter. Chesapeake all-star attackmen Drew Westervelt and Ben Rubeor each put up two goals, and attackman Matt Mackrides also had a stand out game scoring a hat trick accompanied by an assist. However, a strong offense was not enough for the Bayhawks to pull off a win in the back-and-forth battle. Hamilton’s Stephen Keough netted a career high of five goals accompanied by all-star Kevin Cunningham’s five assists. Jordan Hall put the game away scoring the winning goal at 1:55 in overtime to earn Hamilton the win.
Sitting third in the league, Chesapeake’s 4-4 record does not accurately reflect the talent on the Bayhawks squad. Chesapeake’s eight All-Stars make the Bayhawks a formidable opponent on both sides of the field. Goalie Kip Turner has been the heart of their defense this season, with 107 saves and a .611 save percentage Turner earned a very well deserved first all-star nomination. Coupled with All-Star defensemen Barney Ehrmann and Michael Evans, teams have a very hard time putting up points against the Bayhawks. Attackman Drew Westervelt has been an integral part of the Bayhawks offense, scoring a hat trick last weekend against the Charlotte Hounds, accompanied by four assists from league assist leader, Kyle Dixon. If Chesapeake can create offensive power, the Bayhawks have a very good shot at defeating the Nationals.
The Hamilton Nationals are looking to keep up their offensive momentum after defeating the Rochester Rattlers 17-11 last weekend. With All-Stars Brodie Merrill and Brett Queener leading the Nationals defense, teams have to earn every point they score. Queener had an impressive 22 saves between the pipes against Rochester last weekend, bringing his save percentage to .612, the highest in the league. The Nationals also show huge offensive talent with All-Star playmaker Kevin Cunningham who has 23 points and leads the league with 15 assists. Hamilton can also always count on all-star midfielder Joe Walters to score points as well. Walters scored a total of six points (3, 3) in the win against Rochester, earning player of the game honors and bringing his point total to 25 this season. Hamilton is a strong team on both sides of the field and will definitely prove to be a challenge for Chesapeake this Saturday.
Be sure to tune in to YouTube at 7:00 p.m. (ET) as the Hamilton Nationals face off against the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Ron Joyce Stadium.