The Charlotte Hounds (1-4) fell 13-11 to the undefeated Denver Outlaws (5-0) despite a strong second half effort.
The game started with a bang as Charlotte’s John Haus drew first blood. Following the first goal of the game, Denver went on a four goal streak before Charlotte was able to answer. Defenseman, Michael Simon was first to put Denver on the board and was followed by John Grant Jr who sandwiched Eric Law’s goal with two of his own. Mike Sawyer broke the Denver streak with under a minute left in the first quarter, while Law answered back to end the quarter with the Outlaws up 6-2.
The second quarter started off the same as the first with the Hounds scoring first. Charlotte rookie, Thomas DeNapoli followed up the first goal with one of his own to cut Denver’s lead to 6-4. The two teams swapped for the rest of the quarter and while Denver went into halftime ahead 9-6, Charlotte outscored the undefeated Outlaws 4-3.
Both teams were quiet in the third with only four total points. Cam Flint scored the only goal for Denver at the start of the quarter. Mason Poli scored for the Hounds followed by a two-pointer from Brett Schmidt to put the Hounds back in the game at 10-9
The Hounds got their first lead of the game since scoring the opening goal when Matt Danowski netted a two-pointer off a pass from rookie, Justin Ward. The two-pointer would end up being the last goal of the night for Charlotte as Denver went on to score three more goals from Matt Bocklet, Chris Bocklet, and John Grant Jr. to clinch the victory and their undefeated title, 13-11.
Adam Ghitelman had big saves at key moments early in the game to keep the Hounds in it. Ghitelman ended the game with 17 saves while Jesse Schwartzman had 13 stops for Denver. Anthony Kelly had 16 of 26 faceoffs.
Both teams will meet again next week when Denver travels to Charlotte for a rematch. The game will be at 7:30pm ET on Saturday, June 7
th. The game can be found on ESPN3 as well as regional channels as Charlotte will look to redeem themselves after this week’s loss.
-Rookie Justin Ward had the only three assists for the Hounds tonight
-Denver is now on a 25 regular season game winning streak.
-John Grant Jr was awarded Coca-Cola Player of the Game with four goals and one assist on the night.