Lizards Defeat Cannons in Overtime, 16-15
From Press Release
It was déjà vu on the field tonight in Boston tonight as The New York Lizards defeated The Boston Cannons by one point for the second time this season. In a 16-15 overtime win, New York proved that even though they were without six of their arguably best players, the squad was deep enough to pull through and come out on top. With the win, New York goes up to 7-4; the top four teams will advance to the playoffs which begin next month.
The first half set the pace for the back and forth game, with Boston getting the ball rolling by Will Manny, who would notch three goals and an assist on the night. Not long after that, Rob Emery would tally his first of the game, putting New York down by 2.
First to score for New York and get their momentum going was Tommy Palasek who would finish with four goals on the night. By the end of the first quarter, New York had scored an additional three goals by Matt Gibson, Palasek, and Brandon Mangan. Boston also added three more, two by Manny and one by Brent Adams.
For the second quarter, The Lizards took offensive control, scoring five goals and a two pointer by the new Lizard Martin Cahill. Boston's three goals of the second were scored by Ryan Boyle, Stephen Berger and Kyle Sweeney. Palasek, Michael Kimmel, John Austin, and Steve DeNapoli put NY up 10-8 going into the half.
After half time, both teams needed to make defensive adjustments. Boston missed ground balls that led to New York's goals and Boston would need to work on facing New York's transitions, while New York head coach Joe Spallina stated that he wanted to see more ball movement offensively.
Adjust defensively-both teams did just that. Just four goals were scored in the third quarter, three by The Cannon's Owen Blye (2), and Ryan Boyle and one for New York by Tommy Palasek.
With 15 minutes left in regulation, both teams kicked it into high gear. Two goals scored in a row by New York's JoJo Marasco, and then four goals scored in a row by Boston (Blye, Adams 2, Mike Stone), left coaches and fans alike biting their nails. New York trailed by two with one minute left, and what seemed like an impossible win was transformed with just sixteen seconds left on a two point goal by Michael Kimmel.
Overtime lasted all of just one minute and forty seven seconds when The Lizards went on a powerplay and JoJo Marasco found the back of the net to tally a hat trick, as well as Player of the Game.
New York ended the night with 40 ground balls over Boston's 30, as well as 36 shots on goal.
In his first ever full game, goalie Sean Brady proved himself with 13 saves and a saves percentage of 0.464, to help The Lizards advance to 7-4 and move one step closer to solidifying a playoff spot.
The Lizards welcome back the players from Worlds as the team returns to New York next Sunday, July 27th to take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks at 3pm at Stony Brook University. Tickets are still available at NYLizards.com or by calling 1-855-NYLizards.
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