Chrome On Playoff Life Support After Losing A Heartbreaker To The Redwoods

Eduardo Curros  – Field reporter for All Lacrosse All The Time.

Week ten of the Premier Lacrosse League season, and the playoff picture is starting to take shape.

This weekend the Redwoods (5-4), with a rejuvenated offense (after the Myles Jones to the Atlas in exchange for Romar Dennis trade) were looking to make noise.  For Chrome (1-8), they were looking to stave off elimination with a victory, putting the pressure squarely on the Atlas to keep pace. 

The goaltending match-up had Sean Sconone in net for Chrome facing Jack Kelly in net for the Redwoods.

In a game that had both chippiness and finesse, the Redwoods were able to secure an 11-10 overtime victory.  Logan Wisnauskas (4g) put Chrome on his back, but fell just shy of Wes Berg (3g) and his Redwoods teammates.

To The Game:

Off a faceoff win by TD Ierlan, Nakeie Montgomery beat Sean Sconone to give the Redwoods the early lead just 0:17 seconds into the game.  Romar Dennis blasted a 2-point shot to increase the lead at 1:27, followed by Wes Berg scoring at 2:42.

Chrome finally got on the board when Sam Handley scored at 3:46, followed by a pair of Logan Wisnauskas goals to bring the game within one goal.  Wisnauskas scored his first goal off a beautiful pass from Jake Bernhardt at 9:02, followed by another impressive tally off a Jesse King feed at 10:44.

After one quarter, Redwoods 4 Chrome 3.

Second Quarter:

In a quarter that saw the teams trade 19 shots, both Sconone and Jack Kelly were superb, keeping the score 4-3 at the half.

Third Quarter:

The Redwoods got things started when Nakeie Montgomery blasted a bomb from long range for a 2-point marker just 0:16 seconds intonthe half, but was answered by an equally impressive howitzer from Eli Salama 0:12 seconds later.

Brian Tevlin drilled a shot home for the Redwoods at 5:10, but a Cross Ferrara shot from in close got Chrome within one once again at 7:45.  Ryder Garnsey scored the Redwoods at 8:02, but again was answered Logan Wisnauskas with his third of the game off a Jackson Morrill pass at 9:20. 

Two power-play goals by the Redwoods would send them to the fourth quarter up by three.  Romar Dennis and Wes Berg converted on the man advantage situations.

After three quarters, Redwoods 10 Chrome 7.

Fourth Quarter:

Chrome needed to come up with a big quarter if they hoped to pull out the victory. 

For most of the quarter the action went back and forth yeliding no goals until Cross Ferrara got things rolling scoring from in close at 7:00.  Logan Wisnauskas added his fourth of the game off a Jackson Morrill feed 0:30 seconds later, followed by Justin Anderson tying the game with just 1:34 left, sending it to overtime.

After regulation, Redwoods 10 Chrome 10.

Overtime:

It only took the Redwoods 0:44 seconds to end the game when Wes Berg finished a Rob Pannell feed.

Final score, Redwoods 11 Chrome 10.

The Three Stars:

1. Wes Berg
2. Logan Wisnauskas
3. TD Irelan

Notes:

  • With the assist in overtime, Rob Pannell became second in assists in PLL history with 268.
  • TD Irelan dominated faceoffs over former New York State teammate Conner Farrell, wunning 17 of 22.
  • Although not officially eliminated, Chrome’s odds are less than 5% for playoff qualification.

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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