The Ohio Machine fell to the Boston Cannons 17-16 on Friday night at Selby Stadium in Delaware, OH. The Machine now move to 2-4 on the season while the Cannons climb to 3-3 while on the road.
The big question coming into tonight’s game was: if the Machine’s dominant performance from last week against the Bayhawks could be repeated when encountering Jordan Burke and his league-best 8.86 goals against average.
Both teams showed a slow start on offense in the the first quarter, but the Machine were able to gain a 3-0 advantage. Steele Stanwick, behind the cage, fed the ball to Kyle Harrison for the first tally, followed by Greg Bice with a two-pointer.
That lead did not last long though as Boston’s Will Manny earned his first of three assists by feeding a Paul Rabil goal. Soon after, Stephen Berger brought the Cannons back within one, and Manny fed another on to Martin Bowes to tie the game at 3-3.
From then on it was a back-and-forth game. Ohio Rookie Tom Schreiber responded with a goal, putting the Machine up 4-3. However, the Cannons were not going to let Ohio take the momentum into the second quarter. With 40.1 left to play, Berger scored to tie things up again.
Cannons faceoff specialist, Chris Eck won the faceoff at the start of the second quarter, giving Boston possession and a chance to make some magic happen. It took less than 50 seconds into the second quarter for Manny to give Boston the lead with a left-handed goal only to see Schreiber responded and tie the game back up at five a couple of minutes later.
Manny scored his second of the night to bring Boston back in front, but Ohio’s Kyle Harrison scored his second of the night tying the game back up a six all.
Boston goals from Owen Blye, Kevin Buchanan, and Manny completing a hat trick, brought the Cannons back on top. Ohio found a way to catch up before halftime with goals from Peter Baum, Logan Schuss, and Holman. But, just milliseconds before the referees blew the halftime whistle attackman Ryan Boyle slipped the ball into the cage putting Boston ahead by two, 11-9 at the half.
The Machine controlled most of the third quarter with a 4-2 partial behind goals by Schuss (2), Holman and Harrison answering tallies from Berger and Mike Stone, and fixing the score at 13 each going into the final quarter.
At the start of the fourth, Stanwick put Ohio in front again making it 14-13. That lead, however, did not last long. Less than three minutes later Rabil fed Manny in front of the cage who put the ball home, tying the game up at 14.
After more back-and-forth action and tied at 16, behind tallies from Harrison, Rabil, Schuss and Berger, Boston came out victorious thanks to a late Boyle goal with just over a minute left in the game.
Next, the Machine will take on the Rochester Rattlers at Selby Stadium on Saturday, June 14 on the League’s YouTube Channel at 5:30 p.m., while the Cannons travel to Annapolis, Md. to face the Chesapeake Bayhawks. You can catch the game on Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
-Chris Eck won the faceoff battle for the Cannons winning 18 of 35.
-Will Manny led the Cannons with four goals and three assists and Kyle Harrison was the top scorer for the Machine with four goals and four assists.
-Ohio’s Logan Schuss and Boston’s Stephen Berger also scored four goals each.
-Ryan Boyle’s two crucial goals at important moments in the game (including the gamewinner) earned him Coca-Cola Player of the Game honors.
-Boyle, who recorded his League-leading 160
th assist, is now two points ahead of Florida’s Casey Powell in the All-Time Points race; The Launch have yet to play this weekend.
-Scott Rodgers and Brian Phipps split time between the pipes for Ohio, recording seven saves each.
-Boston’s Jordan Burke recorded 17 saves.