The Atlas Explode In The Second Half To Stay Undefeated

The New York Atlas (4-0) faced the California Redwoods (0-2) at Villanova Stadium in Philadelphia, PA.

The Atlas has the league talking with an average of 17 goals per game and 3-0 record to start the season.  The combination of Jeff Teat, Xander Dickson, Dox Aitken and Connor Schellenberger has kept teams off balance.  Add Dylan Molloy, Myles Jones and Reid Bowering and you have a dynamic lineup.  Tim Troutner has been exceptional in net as well.

For the Redwoods, Rob Pannell, Wes Berg, and Ryder Garnsey are dangerous as well.  Add Cole Kirst and Romar Dennis and you have a formidable lineup as well.

A match-up to watch will be at the faceoff X.  Trevor Baptiste for Atlas facing TD Ierlan for the Redwoods.

The goaltending match-up had Tim Troutner in the Atlas net facing Jack Kelly in net for the Redwoods.

The first half lived up to it’s billing with an exciting, high speed half.  The Redwoods got up 5-1 in the first, but a Six goal run for the Atlas had them up 7-5 in the second.  The end to end action continued with both goalies coming up big, also starting transition chances the other way.  At the half we were tied 8-8.

The Atlas started the second half much more aggressive.  They were rewarded with more chances and more goals.  A 6-2 third quarter changed the entire complexion of the game.  The fourth quarter was more of the same, with Teat and Schellenberger leading the way for the Atlas.  The Atlas came away with a 20-15 win.

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To The Game:

Dox Aitken opened the scoring with a howitzer to the top corner from the outside off a Ronan Jacoby pass at 0:40 seconds, but TD Ierlan answered off the faceoff just 0:08 seconds later.

Ryder Garnsey gave the Redwoods the lead with Rob Pannell threading the needle to him in close on the power-play at 2:07, followed by Cole Kirst with an underhand shot from in close at 7:36.

On a two man advantage the Redwoods got another goal with Charlie Bertrand blasting a Wes Berg pass at 8:29, followed by Ryder Garnsey firing on the run at 9:11.

Jeff Teat got the Atlas back on track with a low to high blast at 9:50, followed by a laser by Payton Rezanka blasting a Bryan Costabile feed at 11:27.

After one quarter, Redwoods 5 Atlas 3.

Second Quarter:

Dox Aitken got the Atlas on the board with a great individual effort finishing with a high to high shot at 3:19, followed by Danny Logan with a blast off a Brett Makar pass with a low to high shot 0:35 seconds later in transition to tie the game.

Xander Dickson converted a Myles Jones pass with a sidearm shot at 5:31 to give the Atlas the lead, followed by a fantastic effort by Myles Jones at 6:40.

The Redwoods stopped the six goal run with Garrett Degnon firing a shot that Troutner stopped, but the momentum had it squirt into the net at 7:06, followed by Brian Tevlon converting Ryder Garnsey pass that just dribbled over the line at 7:50.

Xander Dickson gave the Atlas the lead once again with a quick stick off a Jeff Teat feed at 10:28, but Chris Gray answered with his first goal as a Redwood in transition at 11:04.

At the half, Atlas 8 Redwoods 8.

Third Quarter:

Connor Schellenberger got the Atlas on the board quickly from in close off a Bryan Costabile pass at 0:50 seconds, followed by a howitzer from Myles Jones for a 2-pt goal at 2:26 that measured 100 mph.

Jeff Teat added another goal from in front off a behind the net pass from Connor Schellenberger at 4:31, followed by Chet Comizio with an underhand laser off a Jeff Teat feed at 5:19.

Connor Schellenberger got another from in front with a bounced shot through a screen at 6:06. 

Rob Pannell stopped the six goal run with a pair of goals.  Both low to high shots, first at 10:40, followed by a laser at 11:25.

After three quarters, Atlas 14 Redwoods 10.

Fourth Quarter:

Connor Schellenberger opened the fourth quarter scoring a pair.  His first was from beside the net converting a rebound off a Dox Aitken shot at 0:36 seconds, followed by a fast break off a Xander Dickson feed 0:06 seconds later.

Wes Berg got one back for the Redwoods with a quick stick off a Ryder Garnsey pass at 1:00, followed by Charlie Bertrand in full speed off a Garrett Degnon pass at 3:04. 

Dylan Molloy got another for the Atlas finishing a Jeff Teat pass to the top corner at 4:31, followed by a howitzer from Connor Schellenberger off a Myles Jones pass at 6:16.

Jeff Teat scored his third of the day off a Connor Schellenberger pass at 7:23, but Ryder Garnsey answered with a low to low 2-pt. blast at 8:30.

Jeff Teat scored his fourth of the day on another great individual effort scoring to the far side on a bounced shot from in close at 10:02.

Chris Gray scored on more for the Redwoods, but it was too little too late.

Final score, Atlas 20 Redwoods 15.

The Three Stars:

1. Jeff Teat
2. Connor Schellenberger
3. Ryder Garnsey

Game Stats:

Shots on goal favored the Atlas 34-31.

Faceoffs were dominated by TD Ierlan (24 of 34) and the Redwoods 25-12.

The Atlas won the groundball battle 33-31.

The Redwoods went 2 for 4 on the power-play, while the Atlas went 1 for 2 on the power-play.

Top Scorers:

California Redwoods:

  • Ryder Garnsey 2g, 1 2-pt g, 3a
  • Rob Pannell 2g, 1a
  • Chris Gray 2g, 0a
  • Charlie Bertrand 2g, 0a

New York Atlas:

  • Jeff Teat 4g, 4a
  • Connor Schellenberger 4g, 3a
  • Myles Jones 1g, 1 2-pt. g, 2a

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