The Boston Cannons defeated the Chicago Machine, again. The 17-10 Boston win marked the third regular season victory against Chicago. A 6-6 first period score suggested a more competitive match-up. The Machine looked to have had the early edge, moving the ball smoothly, quickly, and with purpose and precision. The Eck-Kelly duel at the face-off X dictated scoring possession. The Cannons, fueled by the 8,074 fans, responded immediately, resisting an early surrender. Boston started taking apart the Machine in the second period ultimately outscoring the visiting team 7-2 in the quarter. Bud Light MVP Ryan Boyle scored two goals and tallied six assists.
The Machine looked like they had a shot early in the game: they looked good. The early 2-0 Chicago lead evaporated as quickly as Boston rattled off four unanswered goals. Kelly’s injury also proved to be a kink in the Machine resulting in Eck’s unchallenged success in the circle. The Cannons controlled the loose ball (39-28) and converted on four out of five power point goals (unlike the Machine who only converted once on three opportunities).
Brendan Loftus struck first blood for Chicago barely thirty seconds into the contest. Loftus rifled a 3/4 righty shot past Turner’s stickside hip (1-0). Mike Leveille converted on a rightly sidearm nearly thirty seconds later off a look from McGlone (2-0). Boston emerged from the torpor haze with four sobering goals from Rabil, Poskay, Christmas, and Morris. Rabil fired up the offense and crowd with a shake and bake sweep taking Gabel with the righty overhand stickside low (1-2). Boyle found Poskay cozy on the crease (2-2). Poskay’s overhand shot was followed by Xmas from X, with Christmas taking his shorty finishing opposite pipe (3-2). Morris split his defender on GLE going lefty with a BTB-dive taking flight through the crease (4-2). Chicago came back with three goals, two from Kevin Leveille and one from Loftus. Leveille hit top shelf while falling down shooting underhand going low to high (3-4). Loftus tallied the equalizer with a righty shot tacking stickside pipe (4-4). The Machine seemed to have reclaimed game momentum with a beautiful fast break series characterized by ridiculous ball movement with the Brothers Leveille punctuating the statement with a top left goal (5-4).
Boston’s Matt Alrich took a big shot inside the arc off a pass from Justin Smith (5-5). Rabil capped off the Cannon first period scoring campaign with his signature split dodge rip on the run (6-5). Chicago’s Matt Striebel tied it up with the off-hip bouncer (6-6).
Boston dominated the second period (7-2). Kenny Nims and Mike Leveille scored the first and last goals of the period, Nims with the inside split and Leveille on his rebound. Boston cashed in on three EMOgoals, two of which were assisted by Boyle. Boyle scored his two goals of the game in the second period. Boyle scored his first goal while getting leveled (7-7). Boyle assisted Alrich on the next (EMO) goal (8-7). The next goal was Boyle again, this time off a feed from Rabil (9-7). Boyle continued to flavor the offensive mix setting up goals by Morris and Alrich. LSM Kyle Sweeney scored on the righty overhand bouncer (11-7). 22-and-traditional Justin Smith scored his first goal of the game off the face dodge going high (13-7).
The second half was tighter. Boston led the third 2-0 and tied the final period 2-2, but by that time, the padded scoring margin created by Boston in the second proved to difficult a deficit to overcome. Boyle had the no-look pass to Morris, who induced a seizure with several crease fakes, shot low (14-8). Matt Poskay scored the final goal of the quarter on the powerpoint play off the pass from Boyle (15-8).
Chicago’s Mike Leveille scored the first goal of the period on a lefty dive off a shot rebound (9-15). Rabil responded with a monster two-point goal from the top off a pass from none other than Boyle (17-9). There were momentary lapses on both ends of the field marked by sloppy plays and hard hits. Kevin Leveille was able to score at 11:31 going high off a dive (10-17). The final score was Boston 17 Chicago 10. Boston advances to 6-4 while Chicago drops 2-7. The Cannons return to action on July 23rd against the Toronto Nations. Game time is at 19:30. The Machine will host the Bayhawks on July 25th at 19:0.
Boston Cannons vs. Chicago Machine