By Steve Danylyshyn | 6/7/13 12:00 AM
The Rochester Rattlers defeated the Boston Cannons 16-14 in Kennesaw, GA on Friday, June 7th, 2013 in the first ever MLL game in the Atlanta area.
Rochester trailed for the majority of the game, being down 8-5 and 10-6, but was able to pull out their third victory of the season led by a five goal fourth quarter and a 10-4 run to close out the game. Midfielder Jordan MacIntosh scored a game high four goals, and goalie John Galloway recorded a season high 23 saves to secure the win for Rochester.
Fans really couldn’t blink in the opening quarter, with 11 goals being scored. Boston started things off when only seven seconds into the game, Cannons’ face off man Chris Eck won the opening draw and fired a shot past Galloway. Rochester didn’t need much time to respond, when off the ensuing face off, the ground ball rolled to Steven Boyle who buried it to even the score at one a piece. In the third minute of the first quarter, three more goals would be scored, highlighted by Matt Striebel’s two-point rip from a Ned Crotty feed to give Rochester a 3-2 lead. Rochester played solid six on six defense in the first, but suffered in the transition game. On the next face off, Eck again went to the goal off his own win and slipped it past Galloway for his second of the night. At 7:06 into the quarter, former Duke midfielder Dave Lawson used a nice roll dodge and fired a shot past Boston goalie Jordan Burke for his first career MLL goal, tying the score at four. Boston’s Matt Poskay gave the Cannons a one goal lead with a one handed behind the back goal just over a minute later, and Striebel closed out Rochester’s scoring in the first to bring them to a score of 6-5 after one quarter of play.
The second quarter didn’t start off as fast as the first, but certainly ended that way. Boston got on the board first, and would score four of the quarter’s first five goals. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Paul Rabil would open up scoring in the second, and would score again 5:21 into the quarter. Rochester had trouble finding the net in the second despite their inside looks, as Burke was consistently making doorstep saves on the crease. MacIntosh was finally able to beat Burke and put a stop to Boston’s run 11:37 into the second when he used a nice stutter step dodge to get past his defender and bury it in the back of the goal. The MacIntosh goal ignited a three-nothing run for the Rattlers to close out the half. MacIntosh scored again on a underhand rip from a Ned Crotty feed just over six minutes later, and the Leveille connection would bring the Rattlers into halftime down 10-9 with a Kevin Leveille goal from a feed from his younger brother Mike.
To open up the third quarter, the Cannons would again score within the first minute of the quarter with a goal from Mike Stone just 38 seconds in, but play finally slowed for the rest of the period. The next goal didn’t come until 9:25 in when MacIntosh completed his hat trick after driving from behind the net and getting his shot off as he was falling to his knees. After Cannon’s defenseman Brian Farrell scored a two-point goal to put Boston up 13-10, Rochester’s John Ranagan fired a lefty laser for his first career goal and to close out the third quarter with the Rattler’s trailing 13-11.
Rochester started the fourth and final quarter on a three-nothing run with goals from Crotty, MacIntosh, and Ranagan. At the 8:41 mark of the fourth, Rochester tied the game for the first time since the first quarter from a fourth goal from MacIntosh. MacIntosh picked up the ground ball off a Will Koshansky strip, and took it end to end to tie the game at 13. Ranagan would then score the next Rochester goal to give the Rattlers a 14-13 lead, their first since the opening quarter. After Poskay’s third goal tied it up at 14, Ortolani won the next face off and wing man Steve DeNapoli picked up the loose ball and took it all the way to the net, putting the Rattlers up 15-14. Ranagan then netted his first career hat trick and added some insurance with under a minute left. On the ensuing Boston possession, Rochester was able to kill off the final seconds and defeat the Cannons, 16-14.
John Ortolani won 12 out of 32 face offs, and Galloway was stellar in net all night long with nine ground balls to add to his 23 saves. The victory is Rochester’s second in a row, and improves them to 3-3 on the season.
Rochester’s next game is on Saturday, June 17th, at 7:30 p.m. as they travel to Ohio to take on the Machine.