By Steve Danylyshyn | 6/2/13 12:00 AM
The Rochester Rattlers defeated the Ohio Machine 9 to 7 in Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013.
Jordan MacIntosh (RIT) scored a hat trick while Kevin Leveille (UMASS) added two goals and two assists for the Rattlers. Rochester goalie John Galloway turned in his best effort of the season as he made 16 saves and only allowed seven goals to secure the win for Rochester.
Rochester got off to a hot start and did not waste any time in their second home game of the season, as less than a minute into the game, midfielder Rob Rotanz fired a shot down the right alley past goalie Brian Phipps for the first goal of the game. The rest of the first quarter didn’t see the action the first minute did, as game play slowed down quite a bit. Possessions were back and forth, with turnovers coming from both teams. The next goal didn’t come until 6:27 into the first, when Ohio’s Steele Stanwick shot a worm burner past Galloway to tie it up at one. Rochester got some quality looks on some inside shots on the crease, but the Machine’s Phipps was strong, coming up with some huge saves on the doorstep. Rochester was able to find the net once more before the end of the quarter, with a man up goal from Jordan MacIntosh to lead 2-1.
Rochester started the second right where they left off, with the brother-to-brother connection of Kevin Leveille scoring off a feed from his younger brother Mike Leveille to increase the Rattlers lead to two. Physical play picked up in the second quarter, with some crushing hits being delivered from all over the field. Rochester’s Mike Manley received an illegal body check penalty four minutes into the second, and shortly after, Ohio’s Logan Schuss got called for another illegal body check to give Rochester a man up opportunity. Jordan MacIntosh used the penalty to his advantage, and capitalized with his second man up goal of the night with a shot through a screen in front of Phipps to put the Rattlers up 4-2. Ohio’s Schuss was able to bring the Machine within one with his unassisted goal two minutes later, but Rochester was able to close out the second with a two to nothing run and head into halftime up by three. Just over 12 minutes into the second, Rochester’s Ned Crotty was able to pick up the ground ball on Ohio’s failed clear attempt, and go into score uncontested. Rochester was able to score once more before halftime as they continued their dominant man up play with their third powerplay goal of the evening. “The man up proved to be the difference,” said Soudan. The goal came from Kevin Leveille with an assist from Crotty to finish the half at 6-3.
Ohio opened up the scoring in the third quarter, with Logan Schuss scoring his third of the game, but Rochester responded two minutes later with another goal from Kevin Leveille as he took a Matt Striebel feed and threw a fake on Phipps, burying it low right on the doorstep. The next five minutes the Rattlers defense was stout, giving up few inside shots to allow Galloway to make some comfortable saves. “Galloway played very well. A lot of the saves he made he saw the whole way,” said Head Coach Tim Soudan. At just over nine minutes into the quarter, Rattlers’ Jordan MacIntosh recorded the hat trick as he scored an electrifying goal, shooting it from his side as he was getting taken the ground to put Rochester up 8-4. “It was late in the shot clock, and the defenseman was kind of pushing me down, and I just kind of shot it while I was falling down and it was lucky to go in,” said MacIntosh. Midfielder Matt Striebel would finish out the scoring for the Rattlers in the third with a rip from just inside the two-point arc to take the Rattlers into the final quarter leading 9-5.
The Machine got on the scoreboard first in the final quarter with an early goal, but scoring would cease until the fourth goal from Schuss with just 17 seconds left to play. With a three-goal lead at their disposal, Rochester didn’t try to force too much and was slow to go to the net, and was held scoreless in the fourth. The three-goal lead proved to be large enough, and the Rattlers would defeat the Machine with a final score of 9-7.
Rochester split with Ohio in the faceoff department with John Ortolani winning 10 out of 20, and Tom Montelli picked up a team high four ground balls for the Rattlers. “This win is huge,” said MacIntosh. “It gets the momentum going in the right direction,” added Soudan. The victory is Rochester’s second of the year, and they improve to 2-3 on the season.
The next home game is on Sunday June 30th at 5 PM in Sahlen’s Stadium against the New York Lizards. Season tickets, group packages, and flex packages are available by calling the Rattlers box office, and for more ticket information please contact 585.454.4295 or check out www.rochesterrattlers.com for more information.