The Ohio Machine get their second win and dash the Boston Cannons playoff hopes.
Lead by outstanding performances on both sides of the field the Ohio Machine came into Harvard Stadium and spoiled the Boston Cannons playoff hopes. Boston once again had a slow start in the first quarter and Ohio took full advantage putting their foot on the gas and never looking back on their way to their second win of the season 16-12.
Lead on defense by a fantastic showing from Scott Rodgers, 22 saves on 33 shots and offense by rookie Logan Schuss who posted 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points Ohio got their second win. The Machine took advantage of a sluggish first quarter from Boston and showed up to play a full 60 minutes perhaps for the first time this season. Eric O'Brien set the tone for the contest, getting off early and winning seven face-offs in the first quarter and adding two goals. Kiel Matisz and Jake Bernhardt each added hat tricks through out the game and Coach Bear Davis and company did a masterful job of controling shot clock and time of possesion to ensure that they never relinquished the lead they had built. This was far and away the best performance I have seen from the Ohio Machine and certainly a game that they can hang their hat on as the season winds down.
A number of times this season Boston has gotten off to slow starts and this time it cost them a shot at the playoffs. From the second quarter on Boston dominated on face-off and out scored the Machine 10-9 but could never recover from the dismal first quarter performance they put on. Will Manny and Stephen Berger did everything they could to rally the troops afterwards and try to put the Cannons on their respective backs. Berger scored back to back goals in the fourth followed by a goal by Manny to give Boston a three goal run and complete hat tricks for both players but it wasn't enough.
The Boston Cannons close out their season at home against the Rochester Rattlers while the Ohio Machine travel to New York to face the Lizards in their final contest of 2013.