The Boston Cannons won their third straight game Saturday night in Ohio over the Machine by a final score of 13-10. The win improves the Cannons' record to 4-5 and drops the struggling Machine to 1-8 overall.
The first quarter of this game was completely dominated by Ohio on both ends of the field. Sloppy play in the offensive zone for Boston prevented any legitimate scoring chances from being created. The Cannons turned over the ball on the majority of their possessions in this quarter, and struggled to slow down the Machine's clearing attempts. Logan Schuss and Marcus Holman led the way in the first, both Ohio attackers had a hand in each of the Machine's first three goals. After one, Ohio had complete control leading 3-1.
After a slow start, Boston jumped out to score four straight goals to begin the second, creating their first lead of the game. For the second week in a row, the Boston rookies got in on the action early making an immediate impact, swinging momentum back in the Cannons' direction. Will Manny and Cam Flint both found their way onto the scoring sheet in the second quarter scoring key goals that would eventually result in the game being tied up at three, and then bring Boston back to take the lead 4-3 a third of the way through period number two.
Flint scored his second consecutive goal a short time later to extend the Cannons' lead to two. Then, shortly after Machine All-Star attackman Steele Stanwick brought Ohio back within one goal, Flint found twine for a third time. The goal would polish off the rookie's first career hat trick and give Boston a 6-5 advantage headed into halftime.
Strong play by goaltender Jordan Burke anchored the road team's defense for the second week in a row. The veteran netminder stopped 11 of the 20 shots he saw, keeping the Machine to single digit goals on the night.
With the beginning of the second half came heavy rain in Ohio, and as they say when it rains, it pours. Boston kicked off the third quarter with three straight goals by 2013 All-Star Mike Stone. Stone then assisted Will Manny's second goal of the night to extend the Cannons' lead to 10-5.
With 1:44 remaining in the third quarter, Cam Flint scored his fourth goal of the night increasing Boston's lead to six. Even though Ohio defenseman Ray Megill was able to produce a highlight-reel two-point goal with 12:26 remaining in the final quarter, the Machine were never able to recover from the deficit created by the Cannons' potent offense.
Ohio put together a noble comeback in the fourth quarter, but goals in key moments allowed Boston's offense to hold the ball for the majority of the finals three minutes of the game. Veteran Cannons' attackman Matt Poskay netted his nineteenth goal of the season with just under seven minutes remaining, a point which extended a streak of eight consecutive games with a goal.
Despite a night filled with disappointment for the Machine there was one bright spot on offense for the struggling Ohio squad. Schuss, the left-handed rookie out of Ohio State, took the reigns on offense leading the team with six total points.
After their third straight win, the Cannons will return home to take on the Charlotte Hounds and try to extend their win streak to four Saturday July 6th, a game which can be seen nationally on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. Ohio will play host to Chesapeake and hope to notch its second win of the season. That game can be seen next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on YouTube.