By Natalie Johnson | 6/11/14 2:10 PM
Coming off an incredible weekend of games that featured a record-breaking performance and the end of an epic win streak, we’re heading into Week 7, which features four more intriguing matchups.
Rochester 8, Chesapeake 7 (2OT)
Last Thursday’s game was one for the record books: not only was it the first double overtime game in MLL history, but it also featured Kevin Leveille becoming the league’s all-time leader in goals scored. Leveille led all players with three goals, while Mark Matthews added two more goals for the Rattlers. John Galloway saved 21 of 28 shots on goal for Rochester, but Chesapeake’s Kip Turner also had a great game in the net, recording 18 saves. Joe Walters made his season debut with the Bayhawks and had two assists in the game.
Boston 17, Ohio 16
Although neither team could ever take an overwhelming lead, it was Boston who scored the final two goals and ended up on top as the final horn sounded. The Cannons needed huge games from Will Manny and Stephen Berger to secure the win, as Manny had a career-best seven points (4 goals, 3 assists), and Berger scored six points (4 G, 2 A). Logan Schuss broke the Ohio single-game record with eight points (4 G, 4 A), but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Cannons.
Florida 11, New York 8
The Launch bounced back from their previous loss with a complete team effort to defeat the Lizards and move to 4-2 on the season. Florida never trailed in the game, thanks to a first quarter in which they outscored New York by three goals, which would turn out to be the final margin of victory. Kieran McArdle led all scorers with four goals, and Brett Queener helped the Launch by saving 14 of 22 shots on goal. Despite taking the loss, New York won the battle for ground balls and face offs, thanks in part to Greg Gurenlian’s 7 GBs and 12-for-22 performance at the X.
Charlotte 18, Denver 15
The last game of the weekend was perhaps the most notable, as the Charlotte Hounds handed Denver their first loss in almost two years. The Charlotte defense and goalie Adam Ghitelman held Denver to just one goal in the first quarter, and the Hounds got hat tricks from John Haus, Ryan Young, and Matt Danowski. Four Outlaws (Eric Law, Curtis Dickson, Jeremy Sieverts, and Drew Snider) scored multiple goals, but it wasn’t enough to top the Hounds. Denver goalie Charlie Cipriano recorded 13 saves in his first MLL start.
7: The number of players who recorded at least five points in last week’s games, the most since Week 1, when there were nine players to reach that mark. Last week, the players with five or more points were Stephen Berger, Curtis Dickson, John Haus, Will Manny, Kieran McArdle, Logan Schuss, and Drew Snider.
714: The number of days between losses for the Denver Outlaws, who on Saturday suffered their first loss since June 23, 2012. The 25-game win streak was the third longest of any American professional sports team, trailing only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and the 1916 New York Giants (MLB).
1: The Boston Cannons are sitting at .500 on the season right now, but their three losses have each come by a single goal.
23: Charlotte’s Ryan Young continues his incredible streak of 23 consecutive games with at least one point. Last week, he had three goals against the Outlaws.
4,593: The number of combined career face off attempts for Denver’s Anthony Kelly (2,598) and New York’s Greg Gurenlian (1,995). Kelly and Gurenlian, the two most experienced face off men in MLL history, will line up against one another this weekend.
Rochester Rattlers at Ohio Machine
When: Saturday, June 14 @ 5:30 PM EST
Last time they met: Ohio 13, Rochester 11 (June 15, 2013 in Ohio)
It’s somewhat puzzling that the Machine are currently 2-4, because they currently have a +5 goal differential on the season and have all the pieces for a team worthy of the postseason. Ohio hasn’t proven that they can win a close game against a quality adversary, but this week could be their chance to do just that. However, the Rattlers (4-2) have won two in a row, and their mix of proven veterans and impressive rookies makes them a team to watch.
Florida Launch at Charlotte Hounds
When: Saturday, June 14 @ 7:00 PM EST
Last time they met: Florida 11, Charlotte 8 (May 3, 2014 in Florida)
Both Florida (4-2) and Charlotte (2-4) are coming off impressive wins, but which team will able to carry that momentum into this weekend? Statistically, the Hounds rank near the bottom in almost every major category, but they proved last week that stats don’t always matter. Adding reigning Cascade Rookie of the Week Justin Ward to an already talented offensive unit has been highly effective in the past two games for the Hounds, but we’ll see if Charlotte has improved enough since their Week 2 loss to Florida to split the season series.
Boston Cannons at Chesapeake Bayhawks
When: Saturday, June 14 @ 7:30 PM EST
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Last time they met: Boston 15, Chesapeake 9 (April 27, 2014 in Boston)
Last week, the Bayhawks (1-5) played well defensively, but they couldn’t muster enough offense to get their second win of 2014. It won’t get any easier this week, as they’ll be dealing with Jordan Burke and a Boston defensive unit that has given up the fewest goals in the league. On the other end, scoring wasn’t a problem for the Cannons (3-3) last week, as they recorded a season-high 17 goals. If the Bayhawks’ offense finally starts clicking this week, this could be a great game. If not, it might be another disappointing loss for Chesapeake.
New York Lizards at Denver Outlaws
When: Saturday, June 14 @ 9:00 PM EST
Syndicated: Altitude, MSG+, Prime Ticket, SportSouth, SportsTime Ohio, TWC Wisconsin
Last time they met: Denver 13, New York 10 (August 4, 2013 in New York)
Much has been made about Denver’s loss last week, but this team is still the best in the league right now. If New York (3-3) wants to be successful against the Outlaws (5-1), their offense will need to play much better than last week, when David Earl was the only Lizard to score more than one goal. We’ll get another great face off battle this week as the two most successful FOGOs in MLL history, Anthony Kelly and Greg Gurenlian, meet up at the X.
Clutch Performance: When Kevin Leveille scored in the second overtime period last week and became the league’s all-time leading goal scorer, he also tied Tim Goettelmann’s MLL record for game-winning goals at 14. Denver’s John Grant Jr. sits just behind Leveille and Goettelmann with 12 game-winning goals.
A Close Race: Casey Powell reclaimed the MLL all-time points record in Week 4, but Ryan Boyle isn’t letting Powell out of his sights just yet. Powell remains in the lead by the narrowest of margins, as he currently has 434 career points compared to Boyle’s 432. Keep an eye on these two, as the title could change hands any day.
Home Field Advantage?: Ohio has yet to win a game at home, as they are currently 0-2 at Selby Stadium this year. However, Rochester is coming to town this weekend, and the Rattlers are winless in road games in 2014, so this might be perfect opportunity for the Machine to give fans a victory at home.
All-Stars Chosen: The Team MLL roster for the 2014 All-Star Game was announced on Tuesday, and features the best players from every team in the league. Charlotte, Denver, and Rochester led the way with 4 selections each, while Boston and Ohio each had 3 players chosen, and Chesapeake, New York, and Florida will each have 2 representatives on Team MLL. The complete Team MLL All-Star roster can be found here.
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