By Molly Shunney | 6/4/14 3:30 PM
Chesapeake Bayhawks at Rochester Rattlers
Thursday, June 5 – 7:30 PM EST – Sahlen’s Stadium
Watch: CBS Sports Network
The Chesapeake Bayhawks (1-4) are desperately looking for a win against the fired up Rochester Rattlers (3-2) who dominated last week’s game against the Florida Launch.
Last Time Out
Rochester: The Rattlers had an outstanding 18-11 win against the Florida Launch. Defensively, they were able to hold off Launch attackmen Casey Powell and Kieran McArdle who have proved to be a major offensive threat lately. In addition, the Rattlers offense kept firing off shots finding the net 18 times out of 30 total shots on goal. Dave Lawson (3), Kevin Leveille (3), and Jordan Mackintosh (4) earned hat tricks. Rookies Miles Thompson and Mark Cockerton both netted their first career goals.
Chesapeake: The Bayhawks fell to the Ohio Machine 15-11 to make last week’s game their third consecutive loss. The Bayhawks were able to answer most of the Machine’s goals throughout the first half. During the second half, the Bayhawks couldn’t find the net to overcome the Machine’s seven-point run in the third quarter.
Stepping Up: In a Chesapeake press release following last week’s game against the Ohio Machine, head coach Dave Cottle said, “We’re giving up way too many goals. If we keep giving up 15, we’re not going to win many games.” The Rattlers, on the other hand, are feeling fired up after offensively dominating the Florida Launch. In addition, goalie John Galloway walked away with Coca Cola Player of the Game tallying 12 saves. The Rattlers are going to be strong on both ends of the field. Chesapeake defense needs to prepare for that challenge.
Light the Fire: After a third consecutive loss, the Chesapeake Bayhawks are in need of some motivation. Goalie Kip Turner stated, “It’s frustrating and it starts with me…I need to bounce back.” It looks like the Bayhawks are in a bit of a disconnect, but are aware of the problem. A win against the Rattlers will be hard work, but it’s just what this team needs to start turning things around.
Rochester Rookies: The Rattlers have a few great additions to their team after the 2014 Collegiate Draft. As previously mentioned, Thompson and Cockerton made their professional debut and were able to cross their first career goal off the bucket list. Once attackmen Ty Thompson and Jordan Wolf come in to play, it will be interesting to see what kind of overall impact the Rochester rookies will make.
Players to Watch
Rochester: Mackintosh had 4 goals against the Florida Launch, a team with one of the top goalies in the league Brett Queener. If the Bayhawks come out with a weak defense, Mackintosh is going to take advantage of his ability to throw points on the board.
Mike Manley earned Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season for his performance against the launch. His ability to shut down a powerful offensive unit is certainly a threat to the Bayhawks.
Chesapeake: Attackman Brendan Mundorf has a total of 17 points this season, averaging roughly 3 points per game. Last week he had three goals against the Ohio Machine.
Well-rounded midfielder Matt Abbott is certainly worth watching as well. Abbott has had 3 goals in 5 games and totals 15 ground balls for the season so far. Mundorf and Abbott will need to display their offensive and defensive talents this weekend in order to match up with the Rattlers.
Rochester: Midfielder Justin Turri leads the team with 13 points this season. John Ortolani continues to be the team’s best face off man with 67 wins at the X. Joel White (D) has picked up an impressive 29 ground balls. Leveille is 3 goals away from the all-time scoring title.
Chesapeake: Mundorf is leading the team with 17 points and is ranked #5 overall in the league. He has tallied 11 goals and 6 assists. Abbott and Jesse Bernhardt (M) lead the team in ground balls, 15 and 16 respectively.
2013 Season Series
The Chesapeake Bayhawks are looking like a completely different team in relation to last season. The 2013 Steinfeld Trophy winners beat the Rochester Rattlers 17-14 the first time and 12-8 the second before heading to the playoffs.
Kyle Dixon leads the all-time league record for 2-point shots with 52.
Rochester continues to win at home. They have not lost a home game since July 20, 2013.
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