Hunt Keys Chesapeake Rout; Denver Ties Record
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An eight-goal run spanning most of the second and early third quarter broke open a close game for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, who opened up a 10-3 lead against the host Hamilton Nationals and cruised to a 17-10 victory on Saturday night at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton.
Ben Hunt led the charge with three goals for the Bayhawks, including a 2-point strike just before halftime that put an exclaimation point on the six-goal run going into the break. Drew WEstervelt, Steven Brooks and Matt Mackrides all added hat-tricks for Chesapeake, which kept itself right in the playoff mix by improving to 5-4, creeping to within a game of the Nationals (6-3) for the second spot behind the still undefeated Denver Outlaws.
Michael Kimmell and John Grant, Jr. both had a pair of assists for the Bayhawks, with Mackrides adding a helper to his hat-trick. Matt Abbott had a pair of goals and tied with teammates Adam Rand and Barney Ehrmann for the team-high of six ground balls. Kip Turner earned the win in goal by making 13 saves and allowing eight goals.
Joe Walters opened the scoring on the day and finished with a five point night, adding four assists after handing his team the early lead. Kevin Crowley was knocked off of the MLL point lead after being held to just one goal in the game. Denver's Chris Bocklet had five points in the Outlaw's win over Charlotte to vault over Crowley on the leaderboard. Brodie Merrill had a game-high seven ground balls.
Denver 17, Charlotte 11
The Outlaws improved to a perfect 9-0 - tying the 2005 Bayhawks for the best start in league history - by rallying from a one-point deficit after the first quarter with a 6-0 second, cruising to the win at home over the Hounds.
Chris Bocklet had five points for the Outlaws in the win, passing Hamilton's Kevin Crowley for the league lead in both goals and points on the season with 29 and 37, respectively. Jeremy Sieverts had six points (3G, 3A) for the Outlaws, while Eric Law (4, 1) and Brendan Mundorf (3, 1) both chipped in with big nights.
Jesse Schwartzman was a rock in cage for Denver, making 27 saves, including 10 in the fourth quarter as Charlotte desperately tried to rally from a six-goal deficit.
Matt Danowski opened the scoring for Charlotte and finished with four points on two goals and two assists, with Mike Sawyer adding a hat-trick for the Hounds (4-5).
Charlotte was penalized heavily in the 6-0 second quarter run by the Outlaws, racking up eight penalties in the period, giving the already potent Denver offense the extra man attempts that they turned into three power play goals.
The Hounds remain in the race for the playoffs at 4-5, knotted with the Boston Cannons in that fourth and final spot with weeks remaining.
Boston 13, Ohio 10
Mike Stone scored three unanswered goals to start the third quarter and then assisted on a fourth, helping the Cannons turn a one-goal halftime lead into a 10-5 advantage that they would never relinquish on the way to a fourth victory of the season and third in a row since naming John Tucker head coach after a 1-5 start.
Cameron Flint had a team-high five points on four goals and an assist for Boston, while Stone finished with four - all coming in that third quarter stretch. Chris Eck went 16-for-26 at the X and had nine groundballs in the win, while Jordan Burke made 11 saves in net.
Ohio jumped out to a three-goal lead on a goal from Marcus Holman off a Logan Schuss feed, with Schuss adding a pair of goals in the quarter for the 3-1 advantage going into the second. A four-goal run by the Cannons led to Boston's one-goal halftime advantage, and the run at the beginning of the third all but sealed the deal for the Machine.
Schuss finished with five goals and an assist in the losing effort, with Steele Stanwick (1G, 3A) also had a big night. Brian Phipps took the loss in net while making nine saves for the Machine, who stand at 1-8 on the season.
The MLL weekend comes to a close with one game on Sunday afternoon, as New York travels to Rochester for a 3:00 p.m. contest.