Although the game saw a lightening delay, the Ohio crowd got their money’s worth in Saturday night’s 45 goal score-fest, unless they were paying to see defense, in that case…sorry!
The Ohio Machine have now wound up taking home two overtime games in a row, this time beating the Denver Outlaws 23-22 in what became the highest scoring game in the organization’s history.
Denver looked hot out of the gates and the game took off with a rush of three straight goals from the Outlaw offense, but the story was re-written after the weather break. Logan Schuss came out scoring and the 1st ended tied at 4-4.
In the 2nd quarter midfielder Peter Baum scored his 30th career goal as an MLL rookie, a huge milestone for his career. The Outlaws took the reigns and pulled away from Ohio heading into the half up 12-9.
The teams were fired up heading in to the second half and both opened the quarter with a pair of goals. Eric Law was able to find another key goal putting Denver up 4, but at arm’s reach. The Machine appeared to not be happy with their results and answered the Outlaws with a run of five goals in a row to take the lead back. It didn’t last long as the Outlaws found another to ride the 17-16 margin into the 4th quarter.
Saying Marcus Holman went off in the 4th quarter is an understatement, the dude was NBA Jam style on fire. Steele also capped his hat trick in the 4th when Ohio needed it, giving them a 21-20 lead. A couple quick Outlaw goals hit the board now pushing Denver up by 1.
Ohio trailed the Outlaws 22-21 with around just over two minutes to play when Marcus Holman registered his fourth goal of the quarter to tie the game and to eventually force OT.
Bobby Datillo won the face for the Machine but the offense couldn’t bury the rock before the Outlaws had a chance of their own. Goalie Brian Phipps gobbled up the shot and got it down to Mr. Clutch, Kyle Harrison, who helped Ohio secure the 4th place position in the league and an overall .500 record by netting a laser rip from a few feet inside the 2-point arc.
Marcus Holman and Logan Schuss both had 5 goals apiece, both tying the organization’s single game high and along with the team’s highest amount of goals scored in one game. It’s also worth noting that all 11 of Kyle Harrison’s shots were on goal which helped to earn him the game’s MVP honor.
Justin Pennington and John Grant Jr. were the Outlaw’s leading scorers tallying five goals a piece while Chris Bocklet secured four of his own.
John Grant Jr. has now scored at least one goal the 10 games he’s played this season. Grant Jr.’s eight-point performance tied him for second place in MLL history for most career points
Next week on YouTube, the Machine will face the #1 Rochester Rattlers in New York on Saturday at 7 pm. Denver plays on the road at Chesapeake starting at 7:30 on CBS Sports Thursday night.
While Denver has now officially clinched a playoff spot, it appears that if the Machine just go 1-1 in their final 2 games, they will make the playoffs for the first time in club history!
Check out the look from the sidelines!