The Rochester Rattlers hold off a late New York Lizards comeback to get the win.
Rochester (4-5) used a big second quarter to top New York (3-6) 13-10 on Sunday. The Rattlers outscored the Lizards 6-2 in period number two. Mike Leveille led all scorers with five points (three goals, two assists).
The First Half:
Matt Streibel got Rochester on the board early. He tallied a two-point goal just over two minute into the game to give the Rattlers an early 2-0 lead. However, the Lizards responded with three straight goals and held a 3-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The momentum shifted toward Rochester in the second quarter. The Rattlers scored the first two goals of the period to take the lead and went up 9-4 at the half. Jordan MacIntosh netted to goals in the period.
The teams went back and forth in the third. Each team tallied two goals and the New York deficit was still five at the end of the quarter.
New York Rallies But Comes Up Short:
New York rallied in the fourth and got as close as three twice, but John Galloway stepped up with three saves in the final frame to clinch the game for Rochester.
Rob Pannell led the Lizards with five points (four goals, one assist). The rookie has 21 points in just five games this season. On the other side, Streibel’s first quarter two-point goal put him in sole possession of the league lead with five this season.
Rochester’s now tied with Charlotte and Boston for the fourth and final playoff spot. However, New York dropped to second to last in the league at 3-6.