By Paul Ryan | 5/17/14 8:40 PM
The Boston Cannons dominated from start to finish, leading from wire-to-wire and downing the Charlotte Hounds by the score of 14-6.
After the two teams failed to score for nearly eight minutes, Jack Rice opened the scoring for the Cannons (2-2). It looked as if the Cannons would get out of the quarter unscathed, but John Haus ripped a shot past Jordan Burke with 52 seconds left to get the Hounds (1-3) on the board. Boston got one back late, however, as Will Manny scored from an impossible angle with 5.8 seconds left in the quarter to give the Cannons a 3-1 lead.
The Cannons took over in the second quarter, scoring five of the seven goals in the frame. Paul Rabil led the way, notching two of the Boston goals in the quarter. Will Manny, Ryan Boyle and Kevin Buchanan got the others, as six different Cannons found the back of the net in the first half. Whenever Boston wavered, Jordan Burke was there to shut the door, making three point-blank saves before halftime.
Boston kept control of the pace in the third, as it scored three straight goals immediately after halftime. Stephen Berger, Buchanan and Blye all tallied to give the Cannons an eight-goal lead. Josh Hawkins and John Haus each got their second of the game for the Hounds to help get the score back to 11-5, but Boston had the game wrapped up.
In the fourth, it was more of the same as Berger got his second to put the Cannons up by seven. The Hounds did get one back though, as Mike Sawyer fired one of his patented rockets past Burke to make it 12-6, but that was all they would get. Rabil and Brent Adams finished off the scoring, as the Cannons cruised to their second victory of the year.
Six different players finished the game with two goals, as Rabil was the only player to complete the hat trick. Burke made 10 saves for the Cannons, while Adam Ghitelman made 11 for the Hounds.
Chris Eck dominated the X, winning 19-of-24 face offs in the game. The Cannons also went 2-for-4 on the man up, while going 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.
Both teams have a week off for Memorial Day weekend, but will be back in action on Friday, May 30. The Cannons travel to New York to take on the Lizards Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3 and other regional networks. The Hounds hit the road and travel to Denver at 9:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network as they try to win their first game ever at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
-The Hounds still have not beaten the Cannons in their history (0-5)
-Coming into the game, the only win either team had was against the defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks
-The hat trick was Paul Rabil’s first of the season and his first since July 18 of last year. It earned him Coca-Cola Player of the Game honors
-Ryan Young has recorded at least one point in his last 22 games
-Austin Kaut made his MLL debut in net for the Cannons, playing the final three minutes of the game and did not allow a goal
-The six goals by the Hounds is the fewest by a team this season