By Rachel Villari | 6/5/14 12:30 PM
Boston Cannons at Ohio Machine
Friday, June 6 – 8:00 p.m. (ET) – Selby Stadium, Delaware, Ohio
WATCH: CBS Sports Network
The Boston Cannons (2-3) look for their first road win this season as they travel to Delaware, Ohio to take on the Ohio Machine (2-3).
Last Time Out:
Boston: The Cannons put up a good fight against the New York Lizards last weekend, but had less of a dominant game in terms of possession, and thus were unable to rekindle their awesome firepower from Week 4. Three rookies dressed for the game, and should continue to settle in to the professional team with more minutes.
Ohio: The Machine absolutely dominated the reigning Steinfeld Trophy champions the Chesapeake Bayhawks, winning the matchup 15-11. Ohio’s special teams forces were able to take advantage of the man-up situations, netting four powerplay goals (one of which was a 2-pointer) while the Bayhawks struggled through seven minutes man-down.
The New Kids in Town: Ohio technically has both of the past two years’ first round No. 1 draft picks suited up, with Peter Baum and Tom Schreiber joining the League. All have had tremendous offensive impacts on the team. Baum leads the Machine in both goals with 13 and points with 16 in five games. Schreiber has already accrued five goals in three games, earning his first hat trick in Week 4.
Jordan Burke Pulling His Half: Cannons head coach John Tucker gave a rave review of goaltender Jordan Burke on this week’s MLL Coaches Call. Burke seems to be rebounding from his injury, which admittedly hindered his performance between the pipes last season and may have influenced Team USA’s decision to cut him from the 52-man preliminary roster. Burke, however, remains unshaken, currently posting the League’s lowest goals against average (8.86) having started and played all five games so far. He’s doing his part for the Cannons with a .581 save percentage, now it’s time for the Cannons’ offense to pull their weight.
On the Road Again: There are two roads that lead the Cannons to Ohio: the optimistic one, which boasts a Boston victory over the Machine in every game ever played on their turf (they are 3-0 at Selby Stadium), and the pessimistic one, which reminds Cannons fans that they have yet to win an away game this season. The Cannons could certainly do with a win right about now to continue their Buckeye State domination, but, then again, the Machine could use a victory too, to snap the streak.
Players to Watch:
Boston: Despite a less than stellar showing at the ‘X’ last week against the Lizards, faceoff specialist Chris Eck has been giving Greg Gurenlian (NY) a run for his money for the best FOGO in the League. According to “At the X, Presented by the Faceoff Academy,” Eck is No. 2 behind The Beast, having now collected 55 out of 96 matchups faced. Look for Eck to battle hard at the ‘X’ to help the Cannons dominate in possession and reclaim his No. 1 spot on the League leaderboard this weekend.
Ohio: Although Marcus Holman’s offensive output has been inconsistent at times, the three games in which he has accrued points he has tallied over four (two goals and two assists at Charlotte, three goals and two assists at Denver, and four goals (one 2-point) and one assist against Chesapeake). Holman should be itching to collect points again this game, dominating on the man-up situations and firing 18 shots on goal out of 23 shots fired.
Boston: Burke has the lowest goals against average in the League with an impressive 8.86, and is tied with Brett Queener (FL) for the second-to-highest save percentage (out of goalkeepers who have played all five games) with .581%. Attackman Kevin Buchanan is tied in first with Eric Law (DEN) on the League Leaderboard for goals with 15, and Paul Rabil is second in points with 24.
Ohio: Baum leads the team in points with 16 (13g, 3a), Holman is a close second with 15 (9g –one 2pt goal – and 5a), and the Machine lead the League with eight powerplay goals.
2013 Season Series:
The Cannons and the Machine split the season series last year with both teams losing at home. Ohio won 16-12 at Harvard Stadium and Boston won 13-10 at Selby Stadium.
· Kevin Buchanan is 1 point away from reaching the 150-point milestone in his career.
· Jordan Burke is 16 saves away from 600 total saves in his career.
· The Boston Cannons have never lost a game in Ohio.