Byrne & Smith Cause Chaos in Columbus

Pat Bernard – Field Correspondent, Deveraux Sports/Edge of Philly Sports

It’s Week Three of the PLL. Archers were set to face off against Chaos in Columbus, Ohio. Both teams came off major wins in Week Two, with Archers beating Chrome and Chaos going over on Cannons in a tough one as the game poured into overtime. Led by a seven-point effort from Josh Byrne and a hat trick from Ryan Smith, Chaos took an early lead and never looked back, winning 15-10.

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Byrne opens the floodgates

Byrne and Smith set the tone of the game, as the Chaos offense exploded in the first quarter. Taking advantage of a hole in Archers’ defense, Byrne found Smith all alone in front of the net for a power play goal. Byrne followed up with a goal, aided by some timely screens from his teammates. About 30 seconds later, Ian MacKay made it 3-0 in favor of Chaos. Will Perry and Smith with his second goal (with no one guarding him) would keep the momentum going for Chaos. Archers could only muster goals from Matt Moore and Tre Leclaire, trailing 5-2 after 12 minutes of action.

Then the offensive scoring went back in the hands of Byrne as he beat the one-on-one coverage for a dunk goal. No matter what Archers threw at Byrne, he was capitalizing on every opportunity that came his way. Byrne then recorded his hat trick, burying a goal through double coverage. Brian Minicus added another for Chaos, while Archers countered with a goal from Jon Robbins. At the half, it was an 8-3 Chaos lead.

Archers late surge not enough to overcome Byrne & Smith

Byrne’s fourth goal put Chaos up by six to start the third quarter. Dhane Smith also got on the board for Chaos. Tom Schreiber and Latrell Harris scored for Archers to keep the margin at five going into the fourth quarter. Connor Fields tried to ignite an Archers comeback, keeping possession of the ball even as he was sandwiched by two Chaos defenders, and making a goal from the ground. Byrne’s fifth goal of the game put Chaos up 11-6, but Archers brought all sorts of creative offensive firepower with a three-goal run. Moore found Mac O’Keefe catching the Chaos defense with some fatigue in their legs for a power play goal. Leclaire assisted Schreiber on his second goal, then Challen Rogers fired a laser to bring the Archers within two.

Smith netted his hat trick goal to briefly push the Chaos lead back to three, but Fields scored his second in transition to pull Archers within two again, 12-10. However, Chaos caused some timely turnovers on defense in the final minutes of the game. Minicus came up with a huge goal from behind the net. Byrne then found Patrick Resch for a 2-point goal and a five-point lead. That would wrap up the scoring with Chaos winning 15-10.

Blaze Riorden made 19 saves in net for Chaos. Mike Sisselberger went 17 of 27 on faceoffs for Archers, and grabbed 10 Ground Balls to lead all players. Chaos prevailed despite being outshot by Archers 45-38. Both teams are now tied for first place with Waterdogs and Redwoods at 2-1. Chaos faces Redwoods and Archers match up with Whipsnakes in Week Four on Sunday, July 9 in Minneapolis.

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Pat Bernard

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.