Rochester Takes Out Boston 17-11

Rochester Takes Out Boston 17-11

Rochester Takes Out Boston 17-11

Rochester Takes Out Boston 17-11

A strong Rochester lineup played a strong game. Harvard Stadium was a muggy mass of waterlogged concrete, and despite the outcome for the 6,122 local, vocal, and loyal fans, the Rattlers put on a show for all to enjoy. Bud Light MVP Joe Walters led the Rattlers with five goals. Rochester’s face-off man Alex Smith and Brodie Merrill created more opportunities off ground possession.

Cannons defender Chris Passavia matched up against John Grant, Jr. Boston’s team captain went to work on Grant, Jr. getting early, hard, and loud hits on the league’s leading scorer. Grant, Jr. contributed for two goals and two assists while his teammate, Bud Light MVP Joe Walters, banked five goals and Casey Powell scored once and dished out four assists. Rochester advances to 7-2 while Boston drops to an unfortunate 4-6 finish.

If big hits and triple teams are defenders’ most sincere form of flattery, than John Grant Jr. was the most popular guy at Harvard Stadium. Grant drew rough triples at times freeing up other capable members of the attack. Despite Boston’s best defensive efforts, there were too many assignments to cover. The game was physical. Both sides combined for nearly 15 penalties, but it was Rochester that was able to move the ball well under pressure. Alex Smith’s skill and quickness at the face- off x was difficult to challenge. The pain was more acute for Boston with their leading face-off man was out sick. Walters led a mini Team Canada franchise whose stick handling and chemistry was a limiting factor for Boston. Boston’s John Christmas led the offense with four goals and an assist.

The first period score was a close 4-3, but in the end Rochester out-shot Boston 32-25 and out-hustled the Cannons on the ground 34-27. Gavin Prout scored the first goal with an overhand shot going upper left off a feed from Casey Powell. Grant posted up against Passavia on the inside for a behind-the-back that hit the lower right corner. The Cannons responded with a pair of goals. Zummo went lefty off the split dodge finishing with the bouncer. Mucciolo got the equalizer with a shot on the run.

The Cannons went up 3-2 off an EMO-goal from Christmas. Zummo set up Christmas for the quickstick in the air high. Rochester scored the next two goals from Walters and Spillett. Rochester went on to win the second period 4-1. Boston’s only goal came from M. Powell. Walters found the back of the net first going lefty underhand off the ISO hitting inside pipe. Jeff Zywicki scored with Canadian delivery on a righty stickside bouncer. M. Powell cut the lead by two with a fake taking Merrill 1v1 and shooting low. On the other end, C. Powell set up the next and last goals from Zywicki and Prout.

Rochester led Boston 8-4 going into the second half. The third period got off to a sloppy start for both teams. C. Powell scored his first and only goal of the game. Grant gave Powell the leading pass off the double pick setting up the lower right corner goal. M. Powell responded by beating Jack Reid on the run going righty with the stickside pipe overhand bouncer.

Rochester went up by six. Spillett assisted Walters on a lefty sidearm screened crank beating Jake Coon high. The Cannons misjudged and did not communicate about an in coming player from the box giving up the substitution goal from Amidon off a pass from Spack. M. Powell managed the backhanded pass to Poskay who tore up the upper left corner for the EMO-goal. Grant used the head fake on the goal line extended beating Coon (12-6). Christmas scored the last goal of the period on a sweep running lefty for the high shot.

The final quarter was the most prolific trading goals and combining for 9 points. Rochester scored within the first minute with a goal from Prout off a pass from Grant. Coon moved early going stickside and Prout shot right in the center of the net. Christmas responded using his defender as a screen shooting off his hip. The two teams exchanged goals getting points from Walters (2), Zywicki, Spillett for Rochester and Poskay, Zummo, and Christmas for Boston. Tempers flared in the fourth. In a scuffle for a looseball, Rochester’s Shiller went down on the ground raking the ball in his stick with his hand and soon after while the ball was in play Schiller and Bucktooth locked horns. Bucktooth got the one-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Schiller was hit with the one and five-minute unsportsmanlike conduct call.

Rochester leads the Eastern Conference with Boston in second to last place over New Jersey. Boston will meet Long Island next while Rochester will face up against the Machine.

Boston Cannons vs. Rochester Rattlers
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Boston Cannons3-5
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Rochester Rattlers4-2
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good game
    by (#156278) on 7/20/07 @10:43AM
it was a good game but i wish boston won. rochester got some easy goals.
 
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Some easy goals?
    by (#65281) on 7/20/07 @1:05PM
Did we see the same game? Rochester dominated throughout the game. If it were a little closer then I might agree with you... but a few easy goals still does not make up the deficit that occurred... plus the rattlers were on... "Chief" Walters had Jake Coon's number... he did his dance and made it rain last night... dont get me wrong I would of liked to see Boston win myself, but you cant say a few easy goals led to that loss...
 
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kip turner
    by (#122240) on 7/20/07 @7:33PM
i still don't see why billy daye doesn't put turner in he is a very talented goalie and could make some big saves
 
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Goalie
    by (#71610) on 7/20/07 @8:47PM
Is is not the problem, it's the defense and a weak offense
 
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(no subject)
    by (#169967) on 7/20/07 @8:16PM
r u kidding me the rattlers r beast
 
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Porous
    by (#71610) on 7/20/07 @8:45PM
Best description for Boston defense! Grant running around overrated Passavia, What's up with over hyped Mickey.
 
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Passavia
    by (#157093) on 7/21/07 @2:37PM
Passavia is the best stick checker alive u retard. he is only second to Polanco as a defensive player. Over rated. ha come on
 
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ooh junior is really afraid
    by (#5616) on 7/22/07 @10:08AM
the best defense i ever saw put on grant was by shawn nadalen by the wings a few winters back when he basically hit him once, twice and a thrice if needed to keep from getting a shot on us. the season before grant scored 9-goals against us so much for playing soft. he is so strong that unless you match him up tight and try to lock him up or knock him down, you're kidding yourself trying to defend him.
 
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blown season
    by (#157093) on 7/21/07 @2:42PM
the cannons sure do know how to blow a season. they easily had the talent to be one of the best teams, but threw it all away...... well they had no golie first half of the season, and a not so deep midfield
 
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connor gill
    by (#143077) on 7/23/07 @5:35PM
was he the key to the cannons offense? i mean mikey powell should have been more than a replacement, but for soem reason they just don't play with the same give and go offense. They don't seem to get those quick passes to the crease, or outside shots they used to. I also think they need to find a more solid goalie. Not just one like garrity back, if they had a trevor tierney, tillman johnson, or cattrano, dougherty, it just seems like the cannons are always on the short end when it comes to having a solid goalie.
 
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