Boston, M.A. (April 23, 2016) – Despite pushing the pace in a strong first half, the Boston Cannons fell in their season opener against the Charlotte Hounds by a final score of 15-12 in Charlotte.
“It wasn’t the result we wanted, but the guys battled and competed, and we’ll get better for our home opener,” said head coach Sean Quirk after the game.
The Cannons drew first blood as Will Manny struck for Boston 1:19 into the game. Manny led the way in points for the Cannons, picking up where he left off last season with six points (two goals, four assists).
At the end of the first, the Cannons led 4-1 thanks to goals by Will Manny (2), Wells Stanwick, and Marty Bowes. Mike Begley and John Glesener also scored in the second period. The Hounds put up four goals of their own.
The Cannons hung onto a 6-5 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Charlotte stormed out tying the score early on before eventually taking the lead. Joey Sankey had a nine-point night with six goals and three assists leading the Hounds and stymieing the hopes of the Cannons for a comeback.
Goaltender, Tyler Fiorito stopped 18 of the 33 shots that he faced in between the pipes. The Cannons lost just their third game in franchise history to the Hounds. Davey Emala and Wells Stanwick led the Boston offense as they each netted hat tricks. Mike Begley had two goals in his Cannons debut.
Next Saturday, the Cannons return to Harvard Stadium to play the new expansion team the Atlanta Blaze at 7:00 p.m. as they hope to come away with a victory.