Rattlers Hold Off Machine Behind Grant's 8 Goals, 19-15.

Rattlers Hold Off Machine Behind Grant's 8 Goals, 19-15.

Rattlers Hold Off Machine Behind Grant's 8 Goals, 19-15.

Rattlers Hold Off Machine Behind Grant's 8 Goals, 19-15.

The Chicago Machine had hopes today of handing the Rochester Rattlers a loss and move the Machine’s record to 4-9, but the Machine fell flat in the first quarter as Rochester tallied 8 goals. The Machine couldn’t do anything right in the first quarter and for their play, they should have been using shovels, rather than crosses, given the depth of the hole they dug for themselves, as John Grant found the net eight times, four times in the first quarter. Chicago’s offense finally sputtered to life toward the end of the first and then roared back to life in the second, scoring eight times to trail by only two at halftime. The lack of gas in the Machine’s tank doomed them in the fourth when they let the Rattlers take a two goal lead.

Rochester won 23 of the 34 face-offs and that kept Chicago on their heels for most of the game. The Rattlers came out fired up in the first 18 seconds with a keen pass from Brodie Merrill to John Grant to put Rochester up 1-0. Gavin Prout and Grant would score again in the next 1:25 so that the late arriving Chicago fans walked into a 3-0 deficit very early in the first quarter. For the second goal, Prout barreled through two Chicago defenders to get in point blank range of Chicago goalie Mike Gabel who stopped 16 shots in the game, while 30 ticks later Grant pushed in his second goal also on an assist by Merrill. Merrill was sharp in bringing the ball into the attack area for he had three assists in the game, and all of them went to Grant, who was dealdy when crossing the crease. Merrill’s performance gave him nine assists on the year for a total of 14 points.

Grant had the hot hand today scoring eight times and pushing himself to the top ranking in the MLL for goals scored with 47 in 12 games and he ended the regular season wth a total of 64 points, taking home his second straight MLL points title. Kevin Leveille set his own record by scoring in the game and establishing a scoring streak of 48 straight games. On the face-off side of things, Alex Smith’s 23 wins gave him the single season record for victories at the mid-stripe with 249 wins, bypassing Peter Vlahakis of the Lizards and breaking Paul Canatabene’s prior record set with the Bayhawks. The Rattlers established a 7-0 lead at 5:14 when Garnt scored his fourth with a sick behind the back strike that found the inside of the right pipe as he crossed the crease. At 4:35, new Machine acquisition David Mitchell, scored off a pass from Brendan Cannon to put Chicago on the board, but that score was answered a minute later by Casey Powell, who took the ball north of the two-point line and drove straight to the goal through three defenders to make it 8-1.

Kevin Leveille and Steve Brooks gave Chicago a push with two goals flanking the end of the first quarter to narrow the gap to 8-3 but Joe Walters used a roll move to beat Gabel and enlarge the gap to 9-3. Chicago put together a three goal streak in a three-minute span to narrow the score to 9-6 behind scores by Shanahan, Brooks and Heim, with Books using a nice overhand jump shot from up right to shoot over Merrill. Merrill responded with his third feed to Grant who made it 10-6 and then Chicago nailed the net four times to tie the score at 10 all in less than three minutes. Levin was jumped by Chicago during a clear and Terry Kimener scooped up the loose ball and quick-sticked it past Levin for his goal. Brian Clayto was fed by Mike Leveille at the left pipe for the tying score. Grant and Colin Doyle scored next for Rochester to give the Rattlers a 12-10 lead at the half.

Chicago pressed in the third quarter and fought back with three goals to tie the game again at 13-13 but a pair of goals by Doyle and Merrill put Rochester up for good at 15-13 and Mike Leveille could only narrow the lead to one goal, twice in the fourth quarter at 15-14 and 16-15 before the Machine ran out of gas. Rochester owned the last six minutes of the game, peppering gable with shots and converting three of them to take the 19-15 victory.

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New Gloves
    by (#108912) on 8/11/08 @4:33PM
Looks like some of the machine players have the latest brine gloves on. They look pretty cool.
 
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gloves
    by (#141916) on 8/11/08 @7:04PM
yea they are nice.. what are they and when are they coming out
 
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    by (#52162) on 8/11/08 @9:52PM
they are either called the brine king pro or brine king 2, they come out in the fall or winter so we wont be waiting too long
 
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    by (#108912) on 8/11/08 @10:26PM
true. I need new gloves, I love my Flights, but the palms are finally starting to fall out. Might check these out.
 
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thanks
    by (#141916) on 8/12/08 @12:42AM
thanks dude is there any website to see them close up cause i cant find any
 
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no
    by (#162849) on 8/12/08 @11:03AM
pretty sure they might be silos, rabil wears em. i didnt compare pictures tho.
http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2671807740103741276ATAJaA
 
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    by (#52162) on 8/12/08 @8:07PM
yea ture dude they are the silos, but i'm not sure that when they come out in the fall they are gonna look different or that they are even getting released
 
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Gloves (nt)
    by (#187976) on 8/13/08 @10:23AM
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    by (#187976) on 8/13/08 @10:26AM
There are definitely two pairs of gloves coming out and i'm pretty sure there are three. One pair is called the Silo and another is called the king 2.
 
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There are three new brine gloves...
    by (#2) on 8/15/08 @9:16AM
the King II, the Silo, and the Prospect. We should have them available at some point in September, though take that with a grain of salt -- we've learned over the years that new entries don't always get produced on schedule.
 
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Fans in the stands
    by (#3709) on 8/21/08 @12:51PM
Why does it look like there is littarily nobody in the stands for our beloved sport?
 
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well...
    by (#176829) on 8/21/08 @8:57PM
because everyone else thinks football or soccer or basketball are the best. not that they are.but lax is getting popular.
 
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Fans in the stands
    by (#67008) on 8/22/08 @10:24PM
Camera guy was on the opposite side of the field. People were seated on the opposite side of the player bench.
 
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