With Chesapeake and Charlotte grabbing the final two playoff spots last week, this weekend's games will have seeding implications. Here's our weekly primer to get you ready.
Ohio Machine 16, Boston Cannons 12
The Ohio Machine have their second win of the season after defeating the Boston Cannons to eliminate them from playoff contention with a 16-12 win. Scoring their season-high in points, the Machine were led by a six point performance from Cascade Rookie of the Week, Logan Schuss. Ohio came out of the gate strong, opening up with four straight goals, only allowing goals from Boston’s Matt Poskay and Stephen Berger. Three more goals from Ohio finished off the quarter, the Machine up 7-2. Boston never recovered, even with a three-goal run to close out the game. Ohio managed to hold off Paul Rabil who went 0-10 in the game. Ohio’s Kiel Matisz and Jake Bernhardt would finish out the game with three goals each along with Boston’s Berger and Will Manny. The Machine’s Scott Rodgers only let 11 goals slip through; making 22 saves in the game to stop a typically powerful Boston midfield.
Charlotte Hounds 14, Hamilton Nationals 11
The Charlotte Hounds posted a 14-11 win over the Hamilton Nationals to earn their first ever playoff spot and move above .500 for the first time in franchise history. Led by Warrior Offensive Player of the Week, Matt Danowski, the Hounds played a strong second half to defeat the Nationals. The game opened with seven points from each side of the field, including a pair from Danowski and Hamilton's Kevin Crowley, and a total of three two-point goals. A much quieter second quarter left the Hounds and Nationals with an extra couple points each. It was the last half that was the difference-maker, as Hamilton was held to only one goal in each the third and fourth quarters. A four-goal run won the game for Charlotte with a pair from Jake Tripucka and one goal from Danowski and Ryan Young. To wrap up the game Tripucka, Young, and Crowley all earned hat tricks, while Danowski scored a career-high six goals.
Chesapeake Bayhawks 12, Rochester Rattlers 8
The Chesapeake Bayhawks earned a spot in the playoffs by defeating the Rochester Rattlers 12-8. The Bayhawks’ defense kept Rochester at bay, and only allowed18 shots on goal, with a performance led by Jesse Bernhardt, Warrior Defensive Player of the Week. Heading into the half, up 7-3, the Bayhawks kept the energy high, matching Rochester’s three goals in the third, and allowing the Rattlers just one goal in the fourth quarter. Only Drew Westervelt managed to complete a hat trick in the game. Rochester’s Ned Crotty also grabbed a two-point goal to help his team, but the seven goals just weren’t enough. With this the Bayhawks have earned a spot at Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink.
Denver Outlaws 13, New York Lizards 10
The Denver Outlaws remain undefeated as they took the 13-10 win over the New York Lizards on Sunday afternoon. While New York had been eliminated from the playoffs a week prior, they were still playing for the chance to stop the Outlaws in their road to perfection. In a low scoring game, both teams headed into the fourth quarter, tied at nine. It was Denver’s four goals that finished off the game, and only allowing one goal from New York’s David Earl fourth. Player of the Game, Chris Bocklet, along with Jeremy Sieverts combined for six goals and ten points in the game. Jo-Jo Marasco led the Lizards in scoring with three goals in four shots on goal, his first tallies as a professional. Although Denver came out on top, New York’s Drew Adams put on a good show, making 21 saves in 34 shots on goal.
In week 13, Brodie Merrill scooped up his 699
th career ground ball, with five total in the game. He’ll be looking for number 700 in the final game of the season.
The Hamilton Nationals and Charlotte Hounds combined for four two-point goals in their contest on Saturday. While this is not a season high for the League, it was still a big difference-maker in the game for both teams.
Matt Danowski has earned the fourth place spot on the list of all-time leaders in two-point goals, with 25.
In week 13, Greg Gurenlian won his 1000
th career faceoff and now rests at 1008 career wins. Boston’s Chris Eck will be going for his 1000
th win this weekend as well, needing just eight faceoff wins to reach the milestone.
Joe Walters earned his 89th assist as a Hamilton National, and still leads the League in assists, supporting the point that he is a true team player and dangerous when passing the ball.
The Denver Outlaws, Chesapeake Bayhawks, and Ohio Machine each had eight different players score in their respective games, demonstrating true teamwork and a well-rounded midfield and attack.
The Charlotte Hounds are above .500 for the first time in club history with a record of 7-6 they now rest at .538 on the season and have earned a place at Championship Weekend.
Hamilton’s Chris Bocklet now leads the league in points with 50, just one over Kevin Crowley and Paul Rabil.
Matt Danowski’s six goals on Saturday night were a career high for the Charlotte Hounds attackman and Duke assistant coach. This performance earned him Warrior Offensive Player of the Week honors.
After week 13, all four teams post-season teams have been decided. Both the Charlotte Hounds and Chesapeake Bayhawks clinched, while the Hamilton Nationals and Denver Outlaws has secured their spots in previous weeks.
Denver Outlaws at Hamilton Nationals
3pm ET Saturday, Aug 10
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Denver Outlaws are seeking perfection in the final week of the season, only the Hamilton Nationals stand between them and an undefeated season. Denver will likely enter the game with plenty of energy, but Hamilton is still the second best team in the league, and could upset the Outlaws. Some of the League’s best will be going head to head in this game. With two very powerful midfields the Outlaws will need to find an answer for Kevin Crowley and Joe Walters. The Nationals have a way of keeping their midfield open and a fast passing game, something only a few teams have been able to challenge. However Denver ranks best in the league in several categories including most goals, fewest goals allowed, most shots on goal, and most ground balls. Hamilton will certainly have their work cut out for them, but there’s no reason why they can’t challenge the Outlaws.
Last time they met:
Denver 22, Hamilton 9 (June 8)
Rochester Rattlers at Boston Cannons
7pm ET Saturday, Aug 10
Syndicated:Altitude, TWC SportsChannel (Kansas City Metro Sports, New York) CSNNE (TD-Check Listings), MSG+
The Rochester Rattlers will visit Boston for their last game of the season, as both teams attempt to improve their records. Both teams enter the game with identical records and looking for their sixth win to finish out 2013. The Rattlers have John Galloway, one of their greatest weapons, in goal, ready to stop Boston’s Paul Rabil, Mike Stone, and Kevin Buchanan. When the Cannons midfield is on, they can go on dangerous four and five goal runs. It will be Rochester’s job to keep these players in check. Rabil was shut out in last week’s game, and the Rattlers will need the help of their defense, particularly Mike Manley to keep Rabil at bay. Boston on the other hand should be weary of Ned Crotty who leads the Rattlers with 33 points on the season and will certainly want to make a final push for the 40-point mark.
Last time they met:
Rochester 16, Boston 14 (June 7)
Ohio Machine at New York Lizards
7pm ET Saturday, Aug 10
Syndicated:TWC SportsChannel (Kansas City Metro Sports) MSG + (TD-Sun 8/11 @ 1pm), SportsTime Ohio
The Ohio Machine will play for their third win of the season as they take on the New York Lizards Saturday evening. These two teams trail the rest of the league in wins but will still want to go out and prove themselves before 2013 comes to a close. This game is a chance for Rob Pannell and Logan Schuss to each make a final case for Rookie of the Year. Schuss is coming off a great six-point performance, while Pannell grabbed three points in week 13, a bit below his average of four goals per game. Both midfielders are a threat and lead their respective teams in scoring. Ohio will also likely have Brian Phipps back in goal, with a 12.39 goals against average, a bit better than the Lizards’ Drew Adams’ 12.45. This game could truly be anyone’s as these two evenly matched teams meet up.
Last time they met:
New York 14, Ohio 8 (May 18)
Charlotte Hounds at Chesapeake Bayhawks
7pm ET Saturday, Aug 10
Syndicated:CSN (Mid-Atlantic),TWC SportsChannel (Wisconsin, Ohio, KC Metro), MSG, MyTV12 (Charlotte)
The Chesapeake Bayhawks and Charlotte Hounds will meet up for the most important game of the week, to determine the third and fourth seeds in Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink. Both teams have earned a spot in the playoffs but they’re looking for the advantage in the first round. This game could truly belong to anyone as the Hounds’ Matt Danowski is coming off a seven-point performance, and Chesapeake is fresh off a tough win with the support of Drew Westervelt. Charlotte’s defense, including rookie, Mason Poli, will have to cover Ben Rubeor and Westervelt, while turning over the ball. Tim Fallon’s 106 groundballs could make a difference for Charlotte come faceoff time in this game. Danowski and Ryan Young will also need to find the back of the net against one of the League’s best goaltenders, Kip Turner, if they want any shot at a win. Both teams should have plenty of opportunity but expect turnovers and long possessions to make for a challenging game.
Last time they met:
Charlotte 16, Chesapeake 15 (June 22)
Heroes Day: The New York Lizards will wear camouflage uniforms in their final game of the season, at Shuart Stadium. This will be part of their first ever, Heroes Day. Following the game, the special edition uniforms will be autographed by the players and auctioned off in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. The Lizards will also be recognizing law enforcement and the armed forces in the tri-state area prior to the game.
Assists: Hamilton Nationals’ Joe Walters is currently sixth in all-time career assists with 121, just seven assists away from the number five spot, something he is likely to achieve in the final week of the season. Denver’s Brendan Mundorf, with 118 career assists may also break into the top five all-time.
Moving up the list: Kevin Leveille of Rochester currently sits in the number two spot for all-time goals, with 262 career goals. He is just eight away from tying Tim Goettelmann. Chesapeake’s John Grant Jr. is currently third in the League in all-time goals, with 251 in his career. While it is highly unlikely that either player will take over first or second place this season they could each set themselves up to move up the list in their first game back in 2014.
End of regular season:Week 14 will mark the end of regular season play. The Chesapeake Bayhawks, Hamilton Nationals and Charlotte Hounds both have a playoff spot but will be playing for seeding at Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink. The Denver Outlaws will be looking to compete a perfect season before heading to Philadelphia. Then the Ohio Machine and New York Lizards will be playing to win, but ultimately the loser of the game could earn a first round draft pick.