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Will Manny Boston Cannons vs Ohio Machine Credit Jeff Melnik 2015

Ohio Machine Clinch Playoff Berth With Win in Boston

Ohio Machine captured a 2015 Major League Lacrosse playoff berth with a 19-12 win over the Boston Cannons in front of a solid crowd in Gillette Stadium.

Saturday night in Foxborough turned into a disappointing outing for the Boston Cannons. With a win they would have easily clinched a playoff berth and likely the home-field advantage. Instead, the Ohio Machine captured that berth and tied the Cannon’s record with a 19-12 win in front of a solid crowd.

The well-oiled Machine (see what I did there?) came in to Gillette Stadium a little sluggish, losing the first quarter 4-1, before the team firing on all cylinders with a dominant 8 goals to 0 performance in the second quarter.

Peter Baum led the Sheens (how the Ohio locker room refers to themselves) with 4 goals, one of which being a 2-point rip, and 1 assist.

After the game, face-off man Eric O’Brien, who’s been with the team since Day 1, was dealt off to Chesapeake leaving Greg Puskuldjian as the sole grinder for the Machine. It looks like Puskuldjian is up for the task, as he finished 21 of 28 on the night. We will see how he stacks up with Gurenlian and co. this Saturday against the Lizards.

Goalie Brian Phipps made 21 saves in the Machine road-win, his 7th of the season. Boston started Jordan Burke in net but after letting in 8 in the 2nd quarter, he was yanked out and replaced with Adam Ghitelman, who was credited with the loss.

Cannons scoring leader Davey Emala was doing what he could Saturday to accumulate his 4 goals, but left a goose-egg in the assist column. Will Manny and Brent Adams both put up hat tricks in the game as well.

The Machine host the Lizards Saturday night while the Cannons head to Chesapeake for a Thursday night brawl! Both games can be watched live and on repeat via ESPN 3!

Let’s peek at the game through a sideline lens, shall we?

Photo Credit: Jeff Melnik

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