Kelly The Hero As Waterdogs Beat Chaos In Overtime

The defending champion Waterdogs were hoping to pick up were they left off last season.  Chaos, while still missing a number of players due to the Bandits winning the NLL title Saturday night, were hoping to avenge last year’s defeat to the ‘Dogs. 

In net for Chaos was Blaze Riorden against Matt DeLuca in net for the Waterdogs.

Even though Chaos was shorthanded, when you have the best goalie in the world, no game is out of reach.  Ryan Smith led a potent offense to a 4-3 first half lead, while Riorden was a rock in net with a 78.6% save percentage.

The second half saw the lead change hands a few times with both defenses keeping the game low scoring.  Regulation couldn’t solve anything, so the game went to overtime.

In Overtime, another great effort by Connor Kelly of the Waterdogs sealed the deal at 2:37 sending them home with an 8-7 victory.

To The Game:

Zach Currier opened the scoring for the Waterdogs with a bouncing blast off a Kieran McArdle pass at 0:19 seconds, followed by Matt Whitcher with a great individual effort and finish at 2:09.

Chaos got on the board with Will Perry coming from behind the net with a spin around shot at 8:32, but was answered by Jake Carraway converting a Kieran McArdle feed with a low to high laser at 11:48.

After one quarter, Waterdogs 3 Chaos 1.

Second Quarter:

Chaos narrowed the lead to one goal with Ryan Smith converting a Jack Jasinski pass at 4:36, followed by a blast from downtown from Troy Reh to tie the game at 6:26. Chaos then took the lead when Brad Voigt finished a backhand pass from Ryan Smith at 10:23.

At the half, Chaos 4 Waterdogs 3.

Third Quarter:

Connor Kelly let go a bounced rip from beyond the arc on the power-play thrusting the Waterdogs back in the lead by one. 

The rest of the quarter saw great defense combined with strong goaltending on both ends.

After three quarters, Waterdogs 5 Chaos 4.

Fourth Quarter:

Jack Jasinski tied the game with a great individual effort coming from behind the net.  A few dodges, with a finish to the shortside of Matt DeLuca at 2:35. Kyle Jackson then put Chaos in the lead with a low to high blast that caught the top corner at 5:23.

Michael Sowers tied the game on the power-play from in close while taking a big hit at 6:58, followed by Zach Currier converting a Kieran McArdle feed with a few fakes at 7:56. 

After many passes around the outside, Brian Minicus fired a 94 mph blast off a Kyle Jackson feed on the power-play with just 1:38 left, tying the game once again.

After regulation, Chaos 7 Waterdogs 7.

Overtime:

Connor Kelly ended the game with a shot that Riorden got a piece of, but it still rolled into the net at 2:37.

Final score, Waterdogs 8 Chaos 7.

The Three Stars:

1. Connor Kelly
2. Blaze Riorden
3. Nick Rowlett

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal had the Waterdogs with 28 against Chaos with 19.
  • Faceoffs were dominated by Chaos 13-5.
  • The groundbaĺl battle went to Chaos 30-29.
  • Blaze Riorden had a 72% save percentage compared to Matt DeLuca with 61.1%.

Top Scorers:

Chaos:

  • Kyle Jackson 1g, 1a
  • Ryan Smith 1g, 1a
  • Jack Jasinski 1g, 1a

Waterdogs:

  • Connor Kelly 1g, 1 2pt. g, 0a
  • Kieran McArdle 0g, 3a
  • Zach Currier 2g, 0a

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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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