Denver, Colorado – The Boston Cannons came away with a huge 16-9 victory over the first place Denver Outlaws.
The Outlaws were severely outplayed by the Cannons throughout the night and the return of Mitch Belisle helped the defense with his veteran presence.
Belisle’s return was key for the team and goalie Tyler Fiorito responded well with 20 saves in the game. The nine goals allowed are the fewest the Cannons have given up in a game this season. Fioritio was awarded the Player of the Game for his strong performance.
Second overall pick, Sergio Perkovic, made his season debut for the team and scored the first goal for the Cannons. The goal was his only point on the night but he looked strong in his debut and will continue to acclimate to the professional game in the second half of the season.
Veteran players Will Manny and Davey Emala both had strong showings. Manny finished with three goals and an assist. Emala scored five goals which moves him up to 9 th on the Cannons all-time goals scored list with 81.
The biggest performance on the offensive end came from Kylor Bellistri. Bellistri, who had a huge seven-point game earlier in the season against Chesapeake, had cooled off recently but his eight points against the Outlaws was pivotal in the win tonight.
Opposing goalie, Jack Kelly, had a night to forget. Kelly made 17 saves on 33 shots on goal. The Outlaws defense held the Cannons to 13 points in the first meeting this season.
Eric Law had a hat trick for the Denver offense and their first round draft pick, Zach Currier, finished with three points.
The Cannons won both the ground ball and faceoff battles. They will look to continue this strong play into the Thursday night game back home against the Ohio Machine at Harvard Stadium. Face-off is set for 7:30pm EST.
QUOTES OF THE GAME
“A great team win against the defending champs on the road. Our guys played really hard, composed and as a team for 60 minutes. To single out one player would be unjust on how this team won together!” – Cannons Head Coach Sean Quirk
PLAYERS OF NOTE
– Davey Emala had five goals on the night
– Will Manny finished with a hat trick and added an assist
– Kylor Bellistri scored four goals and had four assists in a huge game
– Tyler Fiorito was a force in net with 20 saves
– Sergio Perkovic made his MLL debut and scored his first career goal
– Kyle Jackson scored his first career goal
– Will Manny scored three straight goals to close out the first half
– Mitch Belisle made his season debut
– The nine goals allowed are the lowest total allowed in a game this season