The IBLA Ohio Kicked off with Coyotes Victory

The IBLA Ohio kicked off with a 13-9 Coyotes victory. The Ohio Coyotes (1-0) took on the challenge of the Cleveland Demons (0-1) in the kick-off of the Ohio branch of the IBLA.

A close first period saw a series of runs with The Coyotes starting things at the 4:54 mark with Jordan Kerscher (1 g,2a) converting a pretty feed from  Ryan Callahan followed by Herrick Widdoes (4g,1a) countering to knot things up at 1-1. Dave Degeronimo (2g, 2a) followed a minute and change later. Stephen Jones (1 g,1a) gave Cleveland a 3-2 lead with 4:08 to play in the stanza.

It was Ohio’s turn. Corey DeRoy (5G,1a) picked up his first at the 19:30 mark followed by Jared Sims (2g) converting a Jack Culligan feed to make it a 4-3 Ohio game with just :05 showing on the game clock. The Coyotes kept howling. DeRoy knocking home a sweet goal with help from Kerscher and Callahan to extend it to 5-3.

Cleveland had an answer. Widdoes lighting the lamp at the 4:24 mark with help from David Blue and Stephen Jones. The goal lit a fire under the Coyotes. As a result, DeRoy set up Alex Pang (1g) and DeRoy did it himself with a pair at 11:53 followed by another at 15:18. Degeronimo netted his second on a man-down situation. He converted a Brian Holzheimer (1a) feed to cut the lead to 8-5. Culligan (1g,3a) and David Blue (1g,5a) on the advantage, closed the second with Ohio in front, 9-6.

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DeRoy opened the final stanza with a marker at the 4:01 mark. A defensive battle ensued with neither team hitting paydirt for 8:25 before Blue and Bucky Spoth (1a) were playmakers on a Widdoes goal.  Two minutes and three seconds later it was Blue and Degironimo setting up Widdoes once again to make it a 10-8 contest.

Could Cleveland pull off the comeback?

Jared Sims had an answer. It was “no” and he deposited a pass from Unk Unk to stem the Cleveland tide. One minute elapsed before Jake Mustyn (1g) broke it open at 17:22. Unk Unk (1g.1a) added insurance :17 later. Widdoes capped off his big day with 2:24 to go to close out the 13-9 game. The IBLA Ohio kicked off with Coyotes victory.

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Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

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.

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