MLL Weekend: Walters Leads Nationals Back to Win Column
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|Tucker Durkin earned one of his
two penalties for this hit on Jordan McIntosh, but the Nationals
earned the win on Saturday evening in Florida.
© Bob Markey II
Joe Walters had three goals and added three assists to help the Hamilton Nationals get back in the win column after back-to-back losses, 17-11 over Rochester.
After a Kevin Leveille scored for Rochester to pull the score to 4-3 early in the second quarter, Hamilton scored seven of the next eight goals in the game, cruising to the win in a 'home' game in Boca Raton, Fla. Rochester outscored the Nationals 5-4 in a frantic fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
Martin Cahill added four goals for the Nationals (6-2), including the game's only 2-pointer. Kevin Cunningham (2G, 2A), Stephen Keogh (2G,1A) and Kevin Crowley (3G) also had big nights in the win, while Brett Queener earned the win in cage with 25 saves.
Rochester (3-5) was led by John Ranagan's four goal night. Leveille had a pair of goals, while Kyle Denhoff had a goal and an assist. John Galloway took the loss, making 11 saves.
Charlotte 16, Chesapeake 15 (OT)
Ryan Young ended a back-and-forth affair a minute and a half into overtime, vaulting the Hounds to the one-goal win at home.
Young finished the game with a hat-trick while Matt Danowski – who assisted on the game-winning goal – racked up seven points on four goals (two 2-pointers) and that final assist. Mason Poli also had a pair of goals and an assist for Charlotte (4-4).
The Hounds were down by four at the half, but outscored the Bayhawks 6-3 in the third quarter to narrow the gap to one going into the fourth. Young tied the game before John Grant, Jr. pulled the Bayhawks back ahead. Then Danowski tied it, only to have Grant score again to recapture the lead. Then with under five minutes remaining, Peet Poillon pulled Charlotte back into a tie, scoring unassisted and setting up Young's OT heroics.
Grant had a hat-trick to lead Chesapeake (4-4), while Michael Kimmel had a pair of 2-point goals and Kyle Dixon had four assists.
Adam Ghitelman made 15 saves to earn the win for Charlotte, including five in the fourth quarter and one in overtime. Tim Fallon went 19-for-31 at the X.
Denver 19, Ohio 5
The Outlaws scored the first four goals of the game and never looked back, routing the Machine to stay perfect at 8-0 on the year. Chris Bocklet had six goals and an assist to lead the way for Denver, which led 12-3 at the half and held Ohio scoreless in the third quarter.
Jesse Schwartzman made five of his six saves in that third quarter to earn that perfect frame, coming out for backup Charlie Cipriano (7 saves) at the start of the fourth. Rookie Eric Law (3G, 2A), Zack Greer (2, 3), Anthony Kelly (19-for-27 F/O) and Drew Snider (3G, 1A) all had big games for Denver.
Ohio falls to 1-7 with the loss, with Joe Resetarits (2G) the only player to rack up more than one point. Joe Cummings, Logan Schuss and Connor Martin also scored goals for the Machine, who didn't have an assist in the contest.
Brian Phipps made 14 saves in the loss.
Friday Night: Boston 16, New York 12
Paul Rabil scored two of his four goals in the fourth quarter as the Boston Cannons held off the New York Lizards for their third win of the season, leaving them just on the outside of the playoff race just over the halfway point of the year.
Down 4-1 late in the first quarter, the Cannons scored six of the next seven goals to lead 7-5 at halftime. The trend continued in the third, as the Cannons answered every New York score to add two to their lead.
Rabil had five points on the night, adding an assist to his four goals. Matt Poskay scored five goals, while Will Manny (1G, 4A) and Kevin Buchanan (2, 3) also had five points for Boston (3-5). Jordan Burke made 16 saves for the win.
Rob Pannell (2G, 3A) and Matt Seibald (3G, 1 2PG, 1A) led the way for New York (3-5).
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