Archers Steamroll Redwoods to Advance to Final

The semifinals of the PLL playoffs kicked off in Long Island Sunday with #1 seed Archers taking on #4 seed Redwoods. Redwoods beat Chaos 15-9 in the quarterfinals the previous week, while Archers enjoyed a bye week as the top seed. During their regular season meeting in Week 5, Archers took a 10-3 decision. This game would go much the same way, as Archers cruised to a 14-6 win to advance to the PLL Championship Game against Waterdogs on September 24 at Subaru Park in Philadelphia.

Ament sets the tone for Archers

Archers get on the scoreboard early with Grant Ament pulling in front of the net with a goal. Ament would then pick up assists on goals by Connor Fields, Tom Schreiber, and Fields again for a 4-0 lead after the first quarter. Romar Dennis finally got Redwoods on the board in the second quarter. But Ament worked some more magic, feeding Mac O’Keefe for his fourth assist of the game. Rob Pannell scored to cut the lead to 5-2 before Tre Leclaire fired a 2-point goal for Archers. TD Ierlan scored on the following faceoff, but Redwoods trailed 7-3 at halftime.

Second half on repeat for Archers

Archers kept their foot on the gas in the third period. Goals from Ament, O’Keefe, Ryan Aughavin, and Leclaire made it 11-3, as Redwoods had another quarter-long scoring drought. Pannell fired a two-point goal in the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to six. But Archers would answer, as O’Keefe tallied his hat trick, and Ament finished his night with a two-point goal. Chris Merle scored for Redwoods in garbage time to make the final score 14-6.

Gobbler’s Game Notes

Ament put on a clinic, finishing with 8 points on three goals (one 2-pt) and four assists. Fields left the game in the first half after a big hit by reigning Defensive Player of the Year Garrett Epple. He was seen on the sideline in a sling during the second half, and his status for the Championship game is uncertain. Pannell finished with two goals (one 2-pt) and three points; however, no other Redwoods player managed more than one point on the day. Wes Berg, Charlier Bertrand, and Jules Heningburg were all held scoreless, while Ryder Garnsey managed just one assist. Archers goalie Brett Dobson made 18 saves and held Redwoods to just five scores.

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Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a  for 6 Philly sports fan.  Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge).  Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.