PREVIEW: Rochester at Denver

By: Paul Ryan, March 18, 2016

PREVIEW: Rochester at Denver

Rochester Rattlers at Denver Outlaws

Saturday, May 17 – 9:00 p.m. (ET) – Sports Authority Field at Mile High

WATCH: CBS Sports Network

Game Notes: Rochester - Denver

The Rochester Rattlers and Denver Outlaws meet up for the first time this season as both look to continue their win streaks.

Last time out:

Rochester: The Rattlers won their second straight game, downing the New York Lizards, 15-9. Both Dave Lawson and Steven Boyle registered hat tricks while Justin Turri finished off another three-point game. John Galloway made 11 saves in the victory while the PK went 3-for-3 for Rochester.

Denver: The Outlaws almost lost their first regular season game in two years, but they survived the scare against the Boston Cannons, winning the contest 10-9 in overtime. Eric Law scored another hat trick while both John Grant Jr. and Chris Bocklet had three-point games. Bocklet scored the game-winner for Denver less than a minute into overtime. Jesse Schwartzman made 24 saves.

Three storylines:

Power (Play) Shift: The Denver Outlaws always have one of the best power plays in the league and this year is no different. The team is scoring at a 50% clip (4-for-8) and that’s fairly sustainable, considering the team went about 43% to finish last year. Rochester, however, has struggled with the man up, scoring just once in their eight attempts. The Rattlers have to turn it around if they want this win streak to continue.

The Air Up There: The Outlaws have not lost at home since June 2, 2012. In their last two meetings to Colorado, the Rattlers have been outscored 36-19 and lost both contests. Denver is not an easy place to play, but the Rattlers need to keep things close. If they’re within one or two going into the fourth, they’ll have a chance. If they’re down three or four early, Denver’s the type of team that can finish you off early.

U-S-A, U-S-A: The two goalies doing battle on Saturday are also competing against each other for a roster spot on Team USA at the World Championships in July. John Galloway has been solid for Rochester, allowing just 16 goals in his last two games after a rough Week 1. Jesse Schwartzman has been his usual self, earning a sub-10.00 goals against while stopping over 60% of the shots he’s faced. 

Players to Watch:

Rochester: The rookies are starting to pour in and none were more impressive last weekend than John LoCascio. The Villanova grad won Cascade Rookie of the Week and was outstanding for the Wildcats all season, causing the fifth-most turnovers per game and 77 ground balls to go along with it. This long pole adds yet another dimension to the Rattlers defense.  

Denver: Another defender to look for in this game is the Outlaws Dillon Roy. With the likes of Jesse Schwartzman, Lee Zink and Matt Bocklet in Denver, Roy often gets overlooked. He shouldn’t. Roy is one of the reasons the Outlaws have their undefeated streak, so you better be looking for No. 91 on Saturday.

Statistical Leaders:

Rochester: Former Outlaw Justin Turri still leads the Rattlers with 10 points on five goals (one 2-pointer) and four assists. Dan Hardy leads the team in goals with six, as four Rattlers have scored five goals or more this year (Hardy, Turri, Boyle, Lawson). Joe White leads the team in ground balls with 18, while John Galloway has played every minute in net, stopping over 54% of the shots he’s faced with an 11.33 goals against.

Denver: Eric Law leads the Outlaws with 10 goals and 13 points. Chris Bocket leads the team with five assists while Jeremy Sieverts has two of the team’s three game-winning goals. Jesse Schwartzman has played all but 21 seconds this season, going 3-0 with a 9.64 GAA and .603 SV%.

2013 Season Series:

Denver won both meetings last year, taking the home contest 20-7 before beating the Rattlers in Rochester, 12-9. Chris Bocklet registered 10 points in the two games, including a six-goal, two-assist performance in Week 4. Jesse Schwartzman stopped 26 of 40 shots he faced.

Fun Facts:

Rochester: Has scored 15 goals in a game twice this season, which is tied for second-most by a team this season, but are 1-1 in those games.

Denver: B.J. O’Hara coached in Rochester for six years and won the Rattlers only title back in 2008 – against the Denver Outlaws.

Heading to the Game?

After his game-winner, you’ll want to pick up a Chris Bocklet player tee to support the Outlaws star. This shirt is just one of several you can get at the game tomorrow, or online in adult or youth sizes. If you’re not going to the game, hit up the MLL Shop and pick up your favorite team’s gear.