Returning Boston alums received a cold homecoming in front of 9,326 fans underneath the Friday night lights at Harvard Stadium. The Cannons spared no sentimental expense sending out a clear 6-0 first period welcome including two points from Mikey Powell. The water started to boil in the second half with 16 penalties issued capped off with the ejection of Bayhawks Tom Marechek. The Boston defense did work, but the Washington attack with the exception of Kyle Dixon, didn’t show.
The back-story to Marechek’s untimely departure took three periods to unfold. The Cannons attack had a solid evening start to finish. The fast-moving momentum shift and goal differential were contributing factors, but it was the inability of Washington to connect and effectively challenge coupled with change of possession calls that made it difficult even for seasoned veterans to keep their cool that ultimately led to their demise. During Powell’s third period three-minute unreleasable penalty for an illegal stick, the officiating seemed to antagonize and test the Bayhawks’remaining patience especially when Boston’s John Christmas appeared to be chesting the ball.
The proof was in the match ups. Boston’s David Jenkins controlled at the face-off x. Former Cannon Ryan Curtis was well matched against Boston’s John Christmas. Shawn Nadelen paired up against Powell while Nate Bauers squared off against Cannon David Mitchell. Bauers proved to be a vulnerable spot on defense whether with a long pole or shorty. Powell and other Cannons were quick to sniff out the opportunity.
Former Cannon Chris Garrity did the best he could in goal for the Bayhawks coming up with several spectacular on-point saves. Passavia held former Cannon Conor Gill scoreless. The Bayhawks took readable outside shots or rushed possession going 1v1 to goal. Bud Light Game MVP Jake Coon had 23 saves.
The Cannons outscored Washington 6-0 in the first. Christmas scored at 1:08 with a lefty shot on the run going upper right from the middie invert (1-0). The Cannons got a two-point lift from Joe Kostolansky with an outside side-arm going through traffic (3-0). 30 seconds later Poskay converted on an 3-3 EMO-goal when Powell fed a behind the back pass to Poskay on the inside (4-0). Powell wrapped up the first period with two goals from X; the first as he beat Nadelen on the first step going for the no look side-arm (6-0).
Boston outscored Washington 8-6 in the second, but it was the Bayhawks to score first in the second. Mark Frye scored off a lefty shot on the run (1-6). Washington’s Kyle Dixon was the most sure and effective on possession usually finishing with a shot on the run. Ben DeFelice added two goals for the Cannons in the second and Tom Marechek wrapped up the action in the period with a change up opting for an off-hip bouncer (6-14).
Scoring in the second-half slowed down with each team managing five goals each. Powell took advantage of Bauers for the second time as he beat the defender scoring the first goal of the period. Powell assisted on the next Boston goal from DJ Andrzejewski and Mitchell scored the last Cannon goal of the period (17-6). Washington responded with three goals of their own. Marechek converted on a pass from Dixon on an EMO-goal using a low to high sidearm to beat Coon. Mark Frye scored the next goal for Washington at 9:27. Then Dixon (pushing), Marechek (unsportsman like conduct - ejected), and Mollot (fighting) were called for penalties at 10:23. Boston’s Drew Thompson and Andrew Combs were called for unsportsman like conduct at 12:05. Dixon scored the last goal of the period on the run (9-17).
Washington scored two goals in the remaining period from Mollot and Combs. Boston countered with two more goals from Danehy and Bucktooth, but the win had been long secured. The Cannons now stand 3-3 while the Bayhawks are 4-2 with the only two losses coming from Boston. Boston fans were comforted for the second time this season that the changes in personnel were worth the trade.
The Cannons will host New Jersey next week at 19:00 on the 23rd while the Bayhawks go to Long Island on the 23rd as well. Washington defeated the Bayhawks 18-15 on the 9th.