By Paul Ryan | 5/1/14 1:50 PM
Boston Cannons at Rochester Rattlers
Friday, May 2 – 7:30 p.m. (EST) – Sahlen’s Stadium
Syndicated: FS Arizona, Prime Ticket, FS Midwest, MSG+, CSN New England, TWC Wisconsin, Altitude
The Boston Cannons travel to Rochester to take on the Rattlers in the lone Friday game of Week 2 on May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Last time out:
Boston: The Cannons won their fifth straight home opener, downing the defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks, 15-9. Boston started the game on a 4-0 run and outscored Chesapeake 9-4 in the first half. Kevin Buchanan scored a career-high seven goals while Paul Rabil chipped in five points of his own. Goaltender Jordan Burke looked great in net, stopping 15 of 24 shots he faced.
Rochester: The Rattlers led at halftime, but were outscored 7-2 in the third quarter and eventually lost to the New York Lizards, 18-15. Justin Turri led the Rattlers attack with six points, while Dan Hardy scored four goals for Rochester. John Galloway stopped 18 of the 36 shots he faced, while the penalty kill went 4-for-5.
Face Off: Games are won and lost at the X, as the team that gets more possession usually wins. Boston holds a huge advantage in face offs, as Chris Eck is one of the best guys in the league, winning nearly 60% of them last year. Meanwhile, Rochester’s John Ortolani went just over 44% in his first year as a draw taker last year. Eck went 37-for-58 against Ortolani last year, roughly translating to 64%.
Will Defense Shine: Rochester preached a defense-first mentality before the season started, but it was their offense that nearly bailed them out against New York. Meanwhile, Boston’s defense was stellar against Chesapeake, with newly acquired Brodie Merrill fitting right into the mix. This game probably has the most unpredictable scoreline of the four games this weekend, but certainly keep an eye on how the long poles play.
Keep it Up: Two of the three players to have more than three goals last week are playing in this game: Kevin Buchanan (7) and Dan Hardy (4). The only question is, will these guys be able to keep up this torrid pace? Conventional wisdom tells us no, but it’s certainly something to look out for.
Players to Watch:
Boston: We keep mentioning Buchanan and Rabil, but Will Manny had a great game of his own on Sunday. Manny also had a five-point game (3 G, 2 A) and had six goals in two games against Rochester last year. He’s sneakily becoming one of the more dangerous players in the league.
Rochester: Kevin Leveille is just eight goals away from tying the all-time record for most goals in a career. You’re going to want to keep an eye on him for the next couple weeks.
Boston: Kevin Buchanan leads the team with seven goals, seven points and two power play goals after one game. Paul Rabil leads the team in assists with three, while Jordan Burke has posted a 9.00 goals against and a .625 save percentage through one game.
Rochester: Justin Turri has six points to lead the team, while Dan Hardy is the leader in goals with four. The two players are tied with a 2-pointer each and Mike Manley leads the team with a 1.000 shooting percentage. John Galloway’s goals against average is currently 18.00, while his save percentage is exactly .500
2013 Season Series:
The Rattlers won both contests last year, outscoring Boston 39-28 in the two games. Rochester took the home game in Week 6 16-14 thanks to four goals by Jordan McIntosh and won the season finale off a seven-point game by now-Lizard Matt Striebel.
Boston: Held Rochester to a MLL-record three goals in the 2012 season opener.
Rochester: 15 goals were the most in a loss since August 13, 2011 when they lost 16-15 in overtime to the Cannons.
It’s going to be chilly tomorrow night, so pick up a Rattlers locker room hoodie when you’re at the stadium. If you can’t wait until the game, you can buy it online in both adult and youth sizes. You can check out more swag at the MLL Shop.
If you can’t make it, tune in to ESPN3 or one of the several syndicated broadcasts at 7:30 p.m. (EST) as the Rochester Rattlers face off against the Boston Cannons at Sahlen’s Satdium in Rochester, N.Y.