By Steve Danylyshyn | 6/30/13 6:53 PM
The Rochester Rattlers defeated the New York Lizards 13-10 on Sunday, June 30th in front of 1,091 fans in their first home game at Sahlen’s Stadium since June 2nd.
“The win was huge,” said Head Coach Soudan. “Especially when both of us were 3-5. It was important to get that win.” Rochester only trailed once in the game, and used a 6-1 second quarter to defeat the Lizards for their fourth win on the season. Attackman Kevin Leveille and rookie midfielder Dave Lawson both recorded five points as the Rattlers, picked up their second true home win.
In a very physical first quarter of play, Rochester started the game’s scoring when just over two minutes into the quarter, Matt Striebel found the back of the net with a signature two-point score to make it 2-0. New York responded with a three-goal run that started just 32 seconds later, when rookie Rob Pannell broke the ice for the Lizards to make it 2-1. Stephen Berger scored on a diving effort for New York just under seven minutes later, and scored again 9:11 into the quarter to give New York the lead 3-2. Rochester went on the man advantage just under two minutes later with a holding call, and Kevin Leveille would cash in on the man up with a quick stick goal on the crease to tie it up at three with 2:24 remaining. That served to be the last goal of the first quarter, with a 3-3 score heading into the second.
The second quarter was all Rochester, who outscored New York 6-1. Rochester opened up scoring first in the second quarter, when just 41 seconds in, Jordan MacIntosh caught a nice over the shoulder feed from Striebel and buried it on the crease to give Rochester a 4-3 lead. After a New York Delay of Game penalty three minutes later, Lawson would capitalize on the man opportunity with a nice head fake on the crease from a Ned Crotty feed to increase Rochester’s lead by two with a score of 5-3. “It all came together for me today,” said Lawson. New York would score three minutes later, but that would stand as the Lizards’ only goal of the quarter. The Rochester defense really turned on the pressure in the second, allowing very few shots, and causing many New York turnovers. After the New York goal, Rochester went on a four-goal run that would take them into halftime. “Our shots started falling and it kind of took off from there,” said Lawson. MacIntosh started the run with a clever shovel goal for his second of the night with just over six minutes left in the second to make the score 6-4. Joel White made it 7-4 after a transition goal just under a minute later, and with less than two minutes left to play in the half, Lawson drove down the right ally, and ripped one top shelf for his first of the night. John Ortolani won the ensuing faceoff, and started a fast break that finished with a Crotty goal to take Rochester into halftime, leading New York 9-4.
New York was able to get on the scoreboard first in the third quarter, when 1:40 into the second half, Tommy Palasek was able to get past John Galloway to cut the Rattlers lead to 9-5. Kevin Leveille would score the game’s next goal with another quick stick on the crease, with a third assist from Lawson over six minutes later to give the Rattlers a five goal lead of 10-5, but Kevin Unterstein scored under a minute later for the Lizards to make it 10-6. The physical play didn’t slow down at all in the third quarter, resulting in four penalties being called. CJ Costabile was called for an illegal stick penalty 11:38 into the quarter that gave Rochester a three-minute non-releasable man advantage. Kevin Leveille was able to capitalize once again on the man up, as he registered the hat trick right on the buzzer of the third quarter that gave Rochester an 11-6 lead heading into the final quarter of pay.
New York started off the fourth quarter strong with a two-goal run with scores from Berger and Pannell to cut the Rattlers lead to 11-8, but just 11 seconds later White would end that run with his second tally of the night on another transition goal to make it 12-8. 8:20 in the fourth quarter, rookie midfielder John Ranagan would extend his scoring streak to four games with an on the run goal, making it 13-8. Pannell would score New York’s next two goals of the night, but it would serve to be too late as the Rattlers were able to kill off the remainder of the clock to register the win over New York with a final score of 13-10.
Rochester went about even in the faceoff department with New York, with x-man Ortolani going 12-25 at midfield and picked up six ground balls, and Galloway recorded seven saves in the Rattlers win. The victory moves Rochester to a record of 4-5, putting them in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league.
Rochester returns home to Sahlen's Stadium on Sunday, July 7th to take on the Hamilton Nationals at 3:00 PM. Season tickets, group packages, and flex packages are available by calling the Rattlers box office, and for more ticket information please contact 585.454.5424 or check out www.rochesterrattlers.com for more information.