Patrick Bernard – Lacrosse Correspondent, Deveraux Sports/Edge of Philly Sports
Redwoods entered Week 4 of the PLL looking for redemption after getting handled 18-11 by Whipsnakes a couple of weeks ago. Chaos, meanwhile, pulled off a huge win over the Archers, handing them their first loss of the season. Chaos were trying to carry that momentum against the Redwoods in this contest. However, the Redwoods would have different plans for the Chaos in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ryder Garnsey and Rob Pannell posted five-and seven-point nights, respectively, and Redwoods used 5-goal first and fourth quarters to win 13-8, improving to 3-1. Chaos drops to 2-2 with the loss.
Garnsey and Pannell with big first half production
The Redwoods would quickly get on the scoreboard with Ryder Garnsey beating the man coverage and making the first goal of the game, setting the tone. Rob Pannell then followed up, working his way from X to the front of the net for a crazy goal. The Redwoods’ offense showed good ball movement from the start. Pannell fed Charlie Bertrand to extend the lead. Then Garnsey found Pannell wide open for a goal. Bertrand makes a behind-the-back pass to Ryder Garnsey for another goal. Chaos could only muster goals from Patrick Resch and Ryan Smith, and trailed 5-2 after one quarter.
Jules Heningburg assisted on goals by Garnsey, then Pannell to make it a 7-2 game less than two minutes into the second quarter. Ryan Kennedy added another for Redwoods. Dhane Smith finally broke the run for Chaos to make it 8-3 with just seven seconds left in the first half. Garnsey and/or Pannell had a hand in each of the eight goals Redwoods scored in the first 24 minutes of play.
Garnsey, Pannell continue to frustrate Chaos in second half
Chaos cut the lead to three in the third quarter with goals from Josh Byrne and Ian MacKay. But Redwoods would regroup in the fourth quarter, outscoring Chaos 5-3 to put the game out of reach. Goals from Garnsey and Heningburg made it 10-5 Redwoods. Chris Cloutier got one back for Chaos, but Bertrand and Myles Jones answered for Redwoods. MacKay and Ryan Smith each scored their second goals to pull within 12-8. But Pannell would assist Anthony DeMaio to seal the Redwoods victory.
Pannell finished with 3 goals and 4 assists, while Garnsey had four goals and an assist for Redwoods. Bertrand had two goals and two assists, TD Ierlan went 13 of 20 at the faceoff dot, and Jack Kelly made 15 saves in the win. For Chaos, MacKay and Ryan Smith each had 2 goals, while Josh Byrne had a goal and 2 assists. Austin Kaut got the nod in net in place of Blaze Riorden, making 16 saves.
Gobbler’s Game Notes
Head coach of the Redwoods Nat St. Laurent coached an amazing game, completely making it a tough day at the office for Chaos. Designing plays to get his superstars great opportunities to score goals. Getting the team involved with rotating the ball. Putting the Chaos on their heels. Any time Chaos were making adjustments to even up the scoreboard, Redwoods would have a counter punch ready. With only 3 goals allowed in the first half, the Redwoods defense did a solid job to get them back on track and in the win column. Next up for Redwoods is the 3-1 Archers in Fairfield, Connecticut. It should be a battle of the heavyweights this Friday night.
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