Blazers Top MegaMen 14-11 to Defend BBLL Crown

Goalie Joe Evans stops earns Joule’s ‘Most Punishing Player’ honors for playoffs

The defending-champion Blazers finished an unbeaten season coming from behind to top a MegaMen squad 14-11, led by nine points from Marty Bowes and stellar goaltending from Joe Evans.

The Blazers fell into an early 5-1 holeere down 7-3 midway through the first half and took their first lead at 10-9 midway through the second half before doing just enough to hold off a gutty MegaMen squad.

Bowe finished with 5 goals and four assists – Bowes’ second five-point game of the playoffs – while Garrett Naimie added four goals and assist for the winners. Brandon Dube, Randy Fraser and Zach Taylor all had multi-point games for the winners.

But it was Evans who keyed the victory. The MegaMen had more loose balls (63-48), more shots on goal (45-34), but they struggled to solve Evans in the second half. Evans finished with 34 saves – including a penalty-shot stuff on Bryan Bendig that kept the team from falling into a five-goal hole —  and grabbed 9 loose balls to lead his team as well. He earned “Most Punishing Player” honors – named for Joule’s “The Punisher” lacrosse shaft that’s built for the rigors of the box game – given to the most valuable player in the BBLL playoffs. Evans posted a .767 save percentage in two playoff games.

Bendig led the MegaMen with six goals and two assists on the night. Steve Trocki and Mike Maggio each scored twice, with Kyle Minaker and Dan Hettler both contributing multi-point nights.

In the consolation game, two players on each team potted five goals, but BullsEye came out on top 15-14 thanks to a huge performance by emergency fill-in goalie Greg Clements. Clements’ 29 saves allowed BullsEye to overcome being on the wrong end of every statistical category but the score.

Greg Paul and Mark Goodrich each netted five goals and an assist for the winners; Jason Wellemeyer from Prime Time matched that performance and teammate Brendan Grant did one better, with an additional assist. BullsEye also got two goals each from Brett Serriello and Ben Knapton.

The Blazers’ third consecutive league championship ends the BBLL winter session; the league will hold its summer league beginning in June.

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