Whipsnakes Hand Atlas Their First Loss

The Maryland Whipsnakes pulled off the upset on Friday night to down the New York Atlas 16-12 and hand them their first loss.

Maryland was led by rookies Levi Anderson, Adam Poitras, and Jack Koras who combined for seven points. For Anderson and Poitras, this was their debut in the PLL. Koras had a pair of goals, while another rookie, TJ Malone added a hat trick.

At the faceoff “X”, it was two of the best in the world going head-to-head. Joe Nardella got the best of Trevor Baptiste, going 18 for 32. Baptiste was 14 for 29 on faceoffs.

Brendan Krebs is continuing his outstanding season with 14 saves and a save percentage of 52.8 per cent. What we didn’t expect was Tim Troutner getting the hook in the Atlas goal in the fourth quarter after giving up 14 goals off 24 shots. Rookie goaltender Liam Entenmann got into the game and allowed two goals and stopped four shots.

As a side note, this game kicked off Indigenous Heritage Weekend. To honour it, Zed Williams started the game playing with a traditional wooden stick.

Atlas With The Early First Quarter Lead

The game remained scoreless until there was 7:55 on the clock when Jeff Teat drove to the net to open the scoring. It only took nine seconds for the Atlas to go up 2-0 off a goal from Tyler Carpenter.

Mike Chanenchuk got Maryland on the board with a howitzer on a sidearm shot with 5:18 on the clock.

New York replied with a three-goal run. Bryan Costabile scored with 4:59 on the clock and Teat added another 19 seconds later. Costabile rounded out the scoring with 1:37 left in the quarter to make it 5-1 for Atlas.

Koras brought the Whipsnakes back within three with 47 seconds left and Joe Nardella potted one 10 seconds later to make it 5-3 after the first quarter.

Wake Up Call For the Whipsnakes

A lacklustre first quarter was a wake-up call for the Whipsnakes as they outscored the Atlas 5-1 in the second quarter.

Roman Puglise opened the scoring 46 seconds in the second quarter for the Whipsnakes to get them back within one. Connor Shellenberger replied nine seconds later to make it 6-4 for Atlas.

It was all Whipsnakes after that. Poitras scored his first career PLL goal with 9:38 on the clock. With Michael Rexrode all over him, Zed Williams potted the tying goal with 7:23 left in the quarter.

Malone would score goals with 2:01 and 52 seconds left in the second quarter as the Whipsnakes led 8-6 at the half.

Back-And-Forth Third Quarter

Zed Williams continued to weave his magic to open the third quarter, scoring 27 seconds into the frame. Atlas replied with Xander Dickson scoring a highlight reel behind-the-back goal with 9:57 on the clock.

Malone would restore the Whipsnake’s three-goal cushion with 8:38 on the clock, but Jake Stevens replied with seven minutes left in the third for his first career goal.

Poitras made it an 11-8 game with 4:53 left with a wicked twister of a shot.

Costabile scored for Atlas with 3:40 on the clock, but Matt Rambo replied with 1:25 left to make it 12-9 for the Whipsnakes heading into the fourth and Altas in danger of suffering their first loss.

Upset Complete, Atlas Handed Their First Loss

It was once again the Whipsnakes’ rookies that came to play early in the fourth quarter. Koras scored 20 seconds into the fourth followed by Levi Anderson scoring his first career PLL goal 1:10 later. That would end the night for Troutner in goal.

Dickson got Atlas back on the board with 8:59 on the clock to get New York into double digits, but Anderson replied 1:10 later to make it 15-10.

Atlas would get themselves back within three goals. Myles Jones scored with 5:04 left followed by Jake Stevens with 4:47 on the clock to make it 15-12.

Colin Heacock put the game out of reach with 2:42 as the Whipsnakes held off Atlas 16-12 to hand them their first loss.

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.