New York Lizards at Ohio Machine
Saturday, May 18 – 8:00 p.m. (ET) – Selby Stadium
The Ohio Machine return home on Saturday to play host to the New York Lizards in a match up of two teams looking to improve upon early season struggles.
This will be the first of two games between the teams, as Ohio enters Saturday still looking for it’s first win of the season. In the season opener, on May 4, the Machine dropped a 13-8 contest to the Denver Outlaws before being handled by the defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks by a 14-5 margin, the following week. The Machine offense has been slow out of the gates, scoring only 13 goals in the first two games. The offense is led by second-year attackman Steele Stanwick, who has four points on one goal and three assists. Attackman Jim Connolly has also provided scoring for the Machine with three goals in the first two games. The defense sits sixth in the league in goals against average, with goalies Stefan Schroder and Scott Rodgers combining to allow 13.5 goals per contest.
New York also enters the game on a two game losing streak after starting the season with 14-11 victory over the Boston Cannons on April 28. The Lizards then dropped a 9-3 decision to the Chesapeake Bayhawks on May 4 before being edged out in a 12-11 loss to the Hamilton Nationals last week, despite five points from Matt Gibson.
Tommy Palasek leads the Lizards offense with six points on four goals and two assists. Gibson is second on the team in points with five, despite playing in only one game. The Lizards defense has been one of the stingiest in the league, allowing only 10 goals per game. Goalie Drew Adams has played all 180 minutes and has stopped 62 percent of shots faced.
The Lizards won both match ups between the two teams last season. In the first meeting on June 1, Brian Langtry and Max Seibald led the Lizards to a 20-10 victory, scoring five and four goals respectively. Matt Gibson also had five points on one goal and four assists. The second time the teams met, Palasek scored four goals en route to a 16-12 win that saw the Lizards grab control of the game by scoring seven goals in the third quarter.
Ohio will continue its two game homestand when it plays host to the Hamilton Nationals on Thursday, May 23 in a nationally televised game. New York will head into a bye week before preparing for a home game against the Charlotte Hounds on Friday, May 31, at 7:30 in Shuart Stadium.