Hounds Jump into Fourth Place with Win over Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Charlotte Hounds continued to make a push for the playoffs on Saturday night as they recorded a 13-10 win over the Ohio Machine. Led by Peet Poillon, the Hounds capitalized on long possessions and a strong midfield.
The game opened with a goal from Ohio's Kiel Matisz, putting the Machine up 1-0 through much of the first quarter. While the Hounds' defense managed to keep the Machine to just a goal through eight minutes, Ohio held long possessions, keeping the ball away from Charlotte. Showing some rookie connection, Ohio's Marcus Holman added a goal, making it 2-0 off a feed from Logan Schuss. It wasn't until the 14:31 mark in the game that Ryan Young grabbed Charlotte's first goal of the game, and its only one of the quarter.
The complexion of the game quickly changed in the next 15 minutes, which belonged to Charlotte. The quarter opened with Mike Sawyer's first goal of the game, followed by a tag-team of Poillon to Eric Lusby. Two more goals, from John Haus and Poillon, made it 5-2 Charlotte. To finish off a five-goal run, Matt Danowski went low off a feed from Sawyer, putting a 2-pointer past Machine goalie Brian Phipps.
The Hounds led 9-3 at halftime, but the Machine did not go down without a fight, scoring three straight goals to pull within three at the end of the third quarter. Long pole Kyle Hartzell's blast made it 11-8, but that's the closest Ohio would get.
Poillon scored two straight goals to start the fourth quarter and put Charlotte back up by five. Schuss answered with a pair of unanswered goals for Ohio for the final margin.
With the win, the Hounds improved to 6-6 and moved a game ahead of Rochester and Boston in fourth place. Charlotte has not been above .500 this season.
· With six ground balls in the game, faceoff specialist, Tim Fallon still leads the league with a total of 99.
· Danowski's 2-pointer was Charlotte's 13th of the season. The Hounds currently lead the league in 2-point goals in 2013.
· After struggling to put up double digits early in the season, the Ohio Machine has posted 10 or more goals in their last four games.
· Ohio's Kyle Hartzell and Charlotte's Mason Poli are tied for the lead among MLL defensemen in goals, each with six.
· Rookie Logan Schuss leads Ohio in goals with 23 on the season after scoring three against the Hounds.
· Both Adam Ghitelman and Brian Phipps made 13 saves on the night.
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