The Boston Cannons served up one last home-cooked win for the 9,299 fans in attendance. John Christmas (3g, 2a), Matt Poskay (4g), and Bud Light MVP Mikey Powell (3g, 3a) went to work on a tough Long Island defense. Possession on grounders and Boston’s face-off specialist Dave Jenkins proved to be key. Kip Turner provided a needed changeup in net for Boston.
The Lizards kept a strong hand on the muzzle scoring four consecutive goals in the first four minutes of the game. It made for a quiet and odd start to Fan Appreciation Night. The fifty or so prize giveaways of gift certificates, autographed balls, and Mike Battista shirts made for nice party favors, but it was Mikey Powell’s goal with five minutes into the period that got things started with a well-timed four-goal counter-assault. The Lizards edged out Boston 7-6 in the first period.
Blake Miller dumped the ball in the hole to Frank Resetarits who shot past Jake Coon hitting the lower right corner. Resetarits’ scored the first of his two goals with less than a minute on the clock. Long Island long pole defender Nicky Polanco dished off to Keith Cromwell for the Lizards’ second goal. Stephen Berger scored the first of his four goals off a look from Brian Hubschmann. Berger moved Coon off the nearside pipe running away from the cage (4-0).
Christmas, Poskay, and Powell had a strong evening demonstrating more chemistry on attack than the usual. Both Christmas and Powell staged Poskay’s goals looking for him on the inside. Christmas hit Powell for the underhanded low to high shot clipping the upper left corner (1-4). Christmas started with the ball from X working defender Ricki Smith on the ISO smoking Smith on the roll dodge as Smith went for the check and Christmas finished with the dip and dunk (2-4). Boston’s 11th Man Ben DeFelice put the Cannons within one and no surprise Powell who seemed to save his best for the last show in the house scored the equalizer. Powell went for the outside roll dodge shooting sidearm off the hip (4-4).
Berger gave the Lizards the 5-4 lead off a pass from Cromwell. Boston responded with quick stick goal on the crease from Poskay (5-5). Long Island went up by two. Miller capped off a stellar ball in transition getting the ball behind-the-back from Ricky Smith. Miller finished with a righty release on the run hitting the upper left corner. Powell scored the last of his three goals with a back-handed shot running away from the goal ending the first quarter (6-7).
Boston took the second period 4-3. The Lizards were first to strike with a lefty quick stick goal from Cromwell off a look from Tim Goettelmann. Boston cut the lead with a pair of goals from DJ Andrzejewski and Tom Zummo (8-8). Zummo got the EMO equalizer with the lefty crank nailing the opposite pipe. Long Island and Boston traded goals entering the second half with a 10-10 tie.
Team awards were doled out during the half. Ray Megill took Rookie of the Year. Ben DeFelice was awarded with the 11th Man honor. Jake Coon received the Defensive Player of the Year while Mikey Powell struck a pose holding the Offensive Player of the Year plaque. Defender Chris Passavia was awarded as team MVP.
Play got a little sloppy at times during the third period. Boston defender had a scary moment taking a hard outside ball to the back of the head. The most notable twist in the period was in the cage for Boston with Daye putting in Kip Turner who added a distinct flavor to the field intangibles. It was nice seeing a more collegiate style of play in cage with Turner versus Long Island’s physics major Matt McMonagle whose play was nearly as impressive as his 3.6 Ivy GPA. Boston ending up taking the third period 5-4.
Boston’s Brett Bucktooth scored the first goal of the period off a ball from Joe Kostolansky. Berger answered with a goal from X after getting hit in the chest (11-11). Boston served up a hat trick with two goals from Poskay and one from Christmas. Passavia passed to Poskay on the crease. Bucktooth found Christmas for the righty quick stick hitting upper 90. Poskay gave Boston a solid 14-11 lead with a gun on the run hitting off side net.
Long Island narrowed the lead to one with goals from former Cannon and Minuteman Chris Fiore and Miller. Poskay scored his last goal of the game with an insane-angled righty turnaround jump shot that hit lower right corner (15-13). Miller scored the final goal of the period going upper left (14-15).
The game play and scoring had revived the crowd and the 2-2 score of the final period giving the last home game for the Cannons a sense of occasion. Long Island dropped a pair both from Berger. Berger took Turner in the same place twice. High. Berger caught the pass from Cromwell and shot side arm. Berger followed suit with a side arm crank pegging top shelf giving the Lizards the temporary 16-15 lead at 1:30. Christmas tied up the game off a pass from Zummo going top corner (16-16). Zummo got the EMO-goal with the lefty overhand off the pass from Powell (17-16).
The two teams traded possession with no team able to convert. In the remaining seconds, Powell used his speed to keep away the ball and run out the clock. The Cannons improve to 5-6 and the Lizards drop to 4-7. Up next for both teams, Long Island will face off against New Jersey while Boston will take on Rochester. Both games are on August 11.