Rochester, NY – The Boston Cannons could not find their rhythm on the road against the Rochester Rattlers, leading to a tough 21-9 loss.
The Rattlers set the tone early by scoring the first three goals of the game. They maintained their strong play through the duration of the game and held the Cannons to nine goals.
For the Cannons, Eric Scott had his first two MLL points with a goal and an assist on the night. Kylor Bellistri had three assists in the game. Kevin Buchanan and John Uppgren both scored two goals. Davey Emala, Josh Hawkins, Sergio Perkovic and Kyle Jackson each added a goal.
Both the Rattlers and Cannons featured multiple goalies in the game due to the score. Cannons starter Tyler Fiorito struggled early on and allowed 15 goals during his time. The backup goalie for the Cannons, Jack Murphy, came in and allowed six goals in just over 22 minutes.
The Cannons defense core was missing some of its best players, as defensemen Brandon Mullins and Matt Landis were not available along with midfielder Justin Turri. As a result, Josh Hawkins took some shifts with a longpole and Max Seibald had a lot more defensive shifts than usual.
The Rattlers controlled both the groundball and faceoff battles in the game. Cannons faceoff-specialist Joe Nardella battled against another elite faceoff man in Drew Simoneau, who went 23-34 at the faceoff X.
The final four games will give the young Cannons players a great opportunity to gel and find an offensive identity.
The Cannons drop to 3-7 on the season and their next game will be this upcoming Thursday on the road against the New York Lizards.
PLAYERS OF NOTE
- -Eric Scott scored his first two MLL points with one goal and an assist
- -Sergio Perkovic scored a goal
- -Kylor Bellistri finished with three assists
- -Kevin Buchanan scored two goals
- -John Uppgren scored twice
- -Davey Emala scored a goal
- -Brodie Merrill picked up 5 groundballs
- -The Cannons drop to 2-3 on the road
- -Backup goalie Jack Murphy saw action for the first time in his MLL career
- -Josh Hawkins, who normally uses a short stick, scored with a longpole in his hands