Boston, MA – Cannons faceoff man Joe Nardella set the tone early winning the opening faceoff and running down the field to put the Cannons up 1-0. The game was physical throughout but the Cannons fell short to the Ohio Machine in a 16-15 overtime loss at home. The loss drops the Cannons to 3-6 on the season.
Davey Emala had another big scoring game, scoring four goals. His teammate Kylor Bellistri scored four goals as well, continuing on his strong performance from last week in which he had 8 points.
Cannons goalie Tyler Fiorito made some huge saves in front of the home crowd. The defense and Fiorito played strong but the game was an offensive battle back and forth.
The Machine saw the debut of their first round draft pick Connor Cannizaro. Cannizaro, a product of the University of Denver showed the type of impact he can bring to the professional game. He finished his debut with four points including a hat trick.
Marcus Holman led the Machine with seven points in the game. Peter Baum, Kyle Harrison and Tom Schreiber all had three points in the contest.
Faceoff man, Joe Nardella was a force at the x for the Cannons. He finished the game going 24-34 from the faceoff x.
A big issue in the game for the Cannons was in the turnover column. They committed 17 turnovers in the game. The Machine displayed much better ball control, only turning over the ball seven times in the game.
The Cannons won the groundball battle 46-40. In a game that was extremely physical shown by the scrum at the end of the third quarter, the ground ball battle played a major role in the game and team momentum.
The Cannons will receive a good amount of time to get over the tough loss. Their next game is on July 15th on the road in Rochester, NY. With a 3-6 record, the pressure is starting to really heat up in their hopes to make the playoffs.
QUOTES OF THE GAME
“It’s back to the drawing board now. We can’t lose another game moving forward,” saidWill Manny on the importance of each remaining game.
“Turnovers hurt us, sloppy play a little bit. Towards the end of the game we didn’t make that extra pass which hurt us tonight,” said Head Coach Sean Quirk.
“I think it’ll be good for us to regroup and come back to make a push following the break,” said defender Mitch Belisle.
PLAYERS OF NOTE
– Kylor Bellistri had four goals
– Davey Emala had four goals
– Will Manny scored one goal
– The Cannons drop to a tough 3-6 on the season
– The team has an extended break before their next game against the Rochester Rattlers on the road
– Davey Emala reached 100 points in his career
– Mitch Belisle played in his 100 th game in a Cannons uniform