By Paul Ryan | 5/2/14 10:20 PM
Before the season, the Rochester Rattlers preached one part of their game above all – defense. They played that gameplan to perfection Friday night, as they knocked off the Boston Cannons, 8-7.
John Galloway made a huge save as time expired to preserve the victory for Rochester. They improve to 1-1 while the Cannons fall to 1-1.
Both goalies held their own in the first quarter, with Galloway and Jordan Burke making three stops in the opening frame. Jordan MacIntosh opened the scoring just 2:40 in for Rochester with his second on the year, before Will Manny responded for Boston nearly a minute later. John Ranagan scored the only other goal of the first, beating Burke with two minutes left in the quarter.
That’s when Galloway took control of the game. The Syracuse grad made five saves in the second, turning away every Cannons shot he faced. Meanwhile, Ranagan scored his second of the game and Kevin Leveille scored on the power play to give the Rattlers a 4-1 lead. After a nine-goal first half last week, the Cannons scored just once and trailed by three headed into halftime.
Boston came out firing in the third, however, as they scored three straight – two from Paul Rabil and one by last week’s hero, Kevin Buchanan. Buchanan’s goal tied the game at four, but Rochester responded with three of their own as Dan Hardy, Leveille and Joe White all scored for the Rattlers to once again push them ahead by three. Buchanan answered back 40 seconds later, then Mike Stone’s power play goal put the Cannons down by just one after three quarters.
In the fourth, it was the defense stepping up big time for the Rattlers. Matt Miller, John Lade, Joel White and Mike Manley were all fantastic in the final 15, holding the Cannons to just one goal in the fourth. When it came his time, Galloway made a huge save in the dying moments, stoning a streaking Brent Adams with the shaft of his stick to earn his first victory of the year.
Both netminders finished the game with 11 saves. Surprisingly, Chris Eck won 14-of-19 face offs for the Cannons, but Boston could not convert on the possession that they had. Both teams went 1-for-4 on the power play.
Four different players had two goals in the game, with Ranagan and Leveille getting dos for Rochester and Rabil and Buchanan getting a pair for Boston. Rabil and Leveille were the only players to earn three points on the night.
Both teams will be at home for Week 3, with the Rattlers hosting another Friday night game against their Week 1 opponent, the New York Lizards, at 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The Cannons take the field Sunday evening, when they host the Denver Outlaws at 6:00 p.m. on YouTube.
-John Galloway was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game and has made 29 saves in his first two games
-The Rattlers have scored the first goal in both of their games this season
-Kevin Leveille scored twice for the Rattlers, giving him 264 goals for his career. He’s now just six back of the all-time record
-After giving up the most goals so far this season in Week 1 (18), the Rattlers held the Cannons to the fewest goals this season in Week 2 (7)
-The Rattlers have won four straight games against Boston despite losing the face off battle every time