Cannons Down Bayhawks 23-16

Cannons Down Bayhawks 23-16

Cannons Down Bayhawks 23-16

Cannons Down Bayhawks 23-16

(Boston, MA) The Cannons (8-3) defeated the Bayhawks (4-7) in convincing fashion with a 23-16 win in front of 6,748 fans for the last home game of the season. The Baltimore defense had their hands full in the fourth quarter allowing nine goals including one two-point goal while their Boston counterparts anchored by Bud Light MVP goalie Chris Garrity tightened the noose. Garrity registered 25 saves for the day. Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year Conor Gill paced the attack with a 7-points (1, 2pt-goal and 3 assists). Boston paid tribute to veteran Cannon and native son Mike Battista who retired due to post-concussion syndrome during half-time and also awarded other team honors.

The tight contest in the first three quarters were reflected statistically. Despite the outcomes, the Bayhawks had a slight numerical edge (Baltimore:Boston, SOG – 39/29, SOF – 25/23, GB 38/37, FO 21/17). Both teams were well balanced with talent, youth, and expertise. Millon, Marechek, and Ward on offense for Baltimore to Gill, Christmas, and Woodson for the Cannons. Cook, Nadelen, Staines on defense for the Bayhawks to the Cannons’ Curtis, Hanford, and Passavia.

The evening promised to be a good match-up from offense to defense and defense to offense, but the key difference for both teams and the game was not won by size or flash, but by experience. US Goalie Chris Garrity had a few up on rookie goalie Greg Havlachak, and Matt Russell.

Mark Millon and Marechek led the scoring for Baltimore. Millon scored five goals and Marechek found the back of the net three times and added a two-point goal. Rookie Matt Ward had a hard time finding the back of the net and scored once off of 14 shots. Bill McGlone also posted a hat trick.

The Cannons had several strong individual performances on attack. Conor Gill led the offense with seven points while his supporting cast had a stellar evening. Team Rookie of the Year Matt Poskay was the most successful from the Hoos class of ’06, with four goals and one assist. Christmas added two goals and an assist and an agile and athletic Chazz Woodson, who seems to have found his place on the team, notched four goals and an assist. Woodson whose tremendous steps and speed, can get him in trouble on occasion, gave the Boston offense plenty of off-ball time to create opportunities.

Baltimore’s Kevin Frew won the first possession at the face-off x. The Bayhawks were the first to score. Marechek capitalized on a defensive error of the clear coming up with the one-handed interception off the long pass. Goalie Chris Garrity was out of position and Marechek maximized his shot going for the 2-point goal on an empty cage at 1:44 (2-0). Play was sloppy at times for both teams during the first quarter.

Boston recovered quickly and scored the next four goals. Gill nailed the cage from out wide with a lefty-overhand shot hitting upper 90 (1-2) at 3:25. Woodson evened the score and took flight working the ball hard from X and diving across the crease (2-2). Woodson worked the same move from the opposite side and finished with an airborne backhander (3-2). Poskay finished the scoring flurry with a low-to-high rip off a nasty cross-cage look (4-2).

Baltimore won the face-off and Millon put the Bayhawks within one. Collins passed of to Millon who beat the slide and finished with a low-roller (3-4). Brett Bucktooth responded for Boston off a fast-passing sequence, which finished with Poskay’s pass to Bucktooth in front (3-5). Ward scored his lone goal after it trickled in past Garrity. Ward, who continued unsuccessfully the rest of the evening to work the ball in from X, wrapped the weakside crease for the goal (4-5). Baltimore tied Boston 5-5 in the second quarter. Poskay scored with one minute into game play off an easy behind-the-back goal off a rebound right on the crease (6-4). The Cannons and Bayhawks traded currency over the next four goals each getting goals from McGlone and Millon for Baltimore and Poskay and Drew Pfarr for Boston (8-6). Rookie midfielder DJ Andrzejewski extended the Cannons lead to three and scored for Boston on an over-handed lefty shot (9-6).

The Bayhawks came back with three goals from two from Millon and McGlone. Rookie Kyle Dixon passed off to McGlone who caught the late slide and beat Garrity between the legs (7-9). Brendan Healy found Millon down low. Millon shot on the quick-stick release going top left and around the defender (8-9). Millon leveled the score off a ball from Dixon (9-9) at 13:11. Boston’s Chris Fiore concluded the first-half scoring with a roll dodge into the hole for the inside shot (10-9).

During the half, Boston GM Jason Chandler handed out the team awards. Rookie of the Year was awarded to Matt Poskay. The 11th Man award went to midfielder David Jenkins. Defensive Player of the Year went to veteran Ryan Curtis and Offensive Player of the Year and Team MVP went to Conor Gill. Cannons midfielder Mike Battista was honored in front of the crowd with his family alongside him for his contributions to the team and franchise. Battista decided to retire after a tough-history of concussions in his sixth and final season as a Cannon.

Boston opened the half with a big two-point goal from Gill who shot on an open net (12-9). Baltimore picked up the pace and worked the ball around faster. Mollot passed off to Millon on the crease (10-12). Bayhawks Casey Connor scored the two-point equalizer catching the late/no slide during the substitutions in transition (12-12). Poskay gave Boston the one-point lead on a strong side shot going low right (13-12). Marechek leveled the score temporarily until Christmas scored on the crease dive at 12:16 (14-13).

The Cannons opened yet another quarter with a two-point goal. Fiore dodged his defender and hit lower left corner from two-point territory (16-13). Both teams played a defensively disciplined game for most of the game going three periods without a penalty. Passavia was called for pushing at 4:39 giving Baltimore a scoring opportunity. Marechek scored the EMO-goal off an assist from Ward at 4:55 (14-16). Boston got a pair of goals from Andrzejewski and Gill going up 18-14 at 6:36.

McGlone scored off the face-off at 6:54 (15-18). The hopes of a Baltimore comeback dwindled as Boston continued to push fast and hard scoring four unanswered goals. Fiore got the EMO goal from outside of an assist from Christmas (19-15). Jenkins added another goal 10 seconds later going underhanded between Havalchak’s legs with a worm burner (20-15). Christmas followed with yet another goal 30 seconds later on the crease dive going top left (21-15).

Baltimore traded Havalchak’s size for Russell’s speed, which should have been an asset in the remaining minutes. Jenkins won at the face-off x and Boston scored under 30 seconds of their last goal. Russell got caught off position up high and Woodson wrapped the crease from X and got the easy goal on open mesh (22-15). Baltimore got its last contribution from Collins (16-22) at 11:54. Woodson beat Russell again from behind hitting the open cage at 13:24 (23-16).

The Cannons will conclude their regular season play next week against the Rattlers at 19:30 in Rochester. Boston will need to defeat Rochester and hope for a Philly loss to Baltimore in order to clench the Eastern Conference title.

Boston Cannons vs. Baltimore Bayhawks
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Boston Cannons8-3
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Baltimore Bayhawks4-7
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Always great to see Marechek in action. (nt)
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