The Ohio Machine (5-6) had a thrilling 13-12 overtime win over the Charlotte Hounds (4-7) to tie the Boston Cannons (5-6) for fourth place in the league standings.
The game started slow with a three goal effort from Ohio while Charlotte contributed one. The first goal came less than a minute in when Logan Schuss quickly netted a pass from Tom Schreiber. Rookie, Mike Chanenchuk answered for Charlotte and scored the only goal of the first quarter for the Hounds before Ohio’s Peter Baum and Derek Maltz each scored for the Machine to end the first up, 3-1.
Charlotte opened up the second quarter with a goal from another rookie, Justin Ward, after nearly a twenty minute scoring drought for Charlotte. Ohio’s rookie Kevin Cooper scored the lone goal for the Machine before Charlotte netted three unanswered goals to lead at the half, 5-4.
The third quarter proved to be exciting with back and forth scoring that ended the quarter in a tie at nine a piece. Brian Farrell, Eric O’Brien, and Maltz scored the first three of the quarter to put Ohio ahead by two. Matt Danowski (2), Mike Sawyer, and Thomas DeNapoli scored the next four goals of the night. Maltz and Schuss added two more for the Machine, tying at 9 entering the fourth period.
While Charlotte faceoff specialist, Tim Fallon, scored the first of the fourth just 13 seconds in, the excitement came towards the end of the quarter. After goals from Maltz and Schuss, Hounds attackman Ryan Young scored to tie the game only to see Ohio’s Brian Farrell take the lead with less than three minutes to go. Young responded with diving goal across the top of the crease with one second left in regulation to force overtime.
Schreiber’s game-winner came five minutes into overtime to put the machine in a tie for fourth place going into week 12 .
While Tom Schreiber had the overtime, game-winning goal, fellow rookie, Derek Maltz, stole the show with four goals for the Machine on five shots. Schuss contributed three goals while Farrell added two. Ohio was 17 for 29 on faceoff attempts with Bobby Dattilo and Eric O’Brien swapping off. Phipps had 17 solid saves for the Machine. Baum and Schreiber each had three assists on the night. Charlotte was lead by rookie, Justin Ward, who had three big goals while Young and Danowski each added two. Tim Fallon was 12 for 29 on faceoffs and Adam Ghitelman had 16 saves for the Hounds.
Both teams return to play next weekend as Charlotte will travel to first place, Rochester for a Saturday night game at 7pm ET. The game will air live on our YouTube channel. Ohio will host second place Denver for a 4:30 pm ET game that will be aired on CBS Sports Network.
-Four Machine players had four points tonight (Baum, Schuss, Schreiber, and Maltz)
-Six of Ohio’s goals came from rookies
-Five of Charlotte’s goals came from rookies
-Ohio won out the series with Charlotte this year
- Charlotte had eight scorers for the night while Ohio had seven