A very taut first stanza only witnessed a single goal. The marker was supplied by Mitch Ogilvie (1g) with Dan Coates (1a) and Matthew Bennett (1a) getting the helpers. Rochester shut out the high octane Halifax offense en route to the 1-0 lead. How it Happened
To the Second
As close to the vest as the opening quarter was, the second was a polar opposite. The lamp would be lit eight times with Halifax collecting five. The Halifax scoreless string would end at 16:13 with Clarke Petterson (1g, 2a) putting one behind Joel Watson (Rochester netminder) with Dawson Theede and Chris Boushy setting it up.
Boushy (1g,1a) then took matters into his own hands thanks to Austin Shanks and Brandon Robinson (1a), and with 2:47 played, Halifax wrested a 2-1 advantage. A minute twelve later, Turner Evans (2g,2a) kicked off his big game to knot it up at 2-2.
Three minutes of scoreless play would be ended when Evans paid the dividend off the work of Charlie Bertrand (1g, 2a) and Ryland Rees (1g), shorthanded. Eric Fannell (2g) evened things once again at 9:48. Dawson Theede (1g,3a) with Holden Cattoni setting up Ryan Smith (1g) on the man up put us, once again, at a tied game, 4-4. Jake Withers won the ensuing faceoff and Graham Hossack (1g) reaped the benefit to end the half with a 5-4 Halifax advantage.
To the Third
Things simmered down with Bertrand (1g,2 apples) putting it in a familiar place, tied, 5-5. It became, “you score, we score” with Colton Armstrong (1g) converting a Warren Hill transition break-out pass at 5:40. Thomas Hoggarth (1g) lit the lamp on a power play for Rochester and the sixth tied game was upon us. Petterson connected with Fannell for a 7-6 Halifax edge at the end of 45:00.
Fourth and Final
Halifax did what good teams do. Dominate when it mattered. A man who was oddly quiet for three quarters, Cody Jamieson (1a) set up Austin Shanks (2g, 4a) on the advantage with just :18 elapsed to finally give a team more than one goal lead.
Stephen Keogh (2g) pushed it to 9-6 at the 2:19 mark when Dawson Theede and Shanks got Keogh the Rock off a pretty passing play.
Holden Cattoni (1g,3a) stepped up and bested Warren Hill to cut it back to a two-goal differential at 2:56. The Defense took over and no lamp would not be lit for 9:54.
Halifax put an end to any Rochester upset thoughts when Shanks at 12:02 and Keogh twenty-seven ticks later brought it to the 11-7 final score.
• Shots on Goal had Rochester with a 52-45 edge.
• Warren Hill was at the top of his game making 44 stops for the victors.
• Joel Watson turned aside 33 Halifax tries.
• Rochester was 2 of 5 on the advantage with Halifax posting 1 for 3.
• Faceoffs were a big story. Halifax’s Jake Withers was lights out, 19 of 22.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.