By MLL Communications | 5/10/13 5:15 PM
Rochester Rattlers @ Charlotte Hounds
Saturday, May 11, 2013
American Legion Memorial Staduim, Charlotte, NC
7:00 p.m. EST
Where to Watch
Regional Broadcasts:Time Warner Cable SportsChannels (New York, Wisconsin, Ohio), MSG+ (SDD 10:30 PM), MyTV 12 (Charlotte) Check Local Listings
Radio: MLL Radio
Going into Week 3
This is the second time the Charlotte Houndsand the Rochester Rattlerswill face each other after a 15-8 victory for the Hounds last weekend at Rochester. Just two weeks into the season, the Hounds are in 4th place at 1-1 while the Rattlers trail in 8th place at 0-2 having lost to the defending 2013 MLL Champs, the Chesapeake Bayhawksin the season opener (game recap) and the Hounds last week (game recap). In last year’s two matchups both teams walked away with a victory and a loss. The first time they faced off, the Rattlers walked away with a 15-4 win however, the next meeting left Charlotte dominate with a 15-14 win in the last game of the regular season. Rochester needs this win to keep from falling to 0-3 if they hope to have a shot at the playoffs this year.
After a tough loss to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in week one, the Rattlers were looking for an easy win against the Hounds this past weekend but found it hard to adjust to the addition of Peet Poillon to the Hounds midfield. While the game was close at the half (5-4, Charlotte) in the final two quarters of the game the Rattlers couldn’t keep up with the Hounds as they attacked the cage to add another 10 goals to the Hounds score while the Rattlers only managed to net 4 in the second half. Coach Soudancommented on last week’s performance saying “we had a lot of really short possessions and soft shots in transition in the first period that hurt us. When you establish that type of game early it’s only a matter of time until the wheels come off. With about ten minutes left, the wheels just came completely off.”
Players to Watch
Rob Rotanzand Matt Striebelare leading the team right now with a combined seven goals and two assistsbut will need the help of their teammates if they hope to come out victorious this weekend. Joel Whitehas become an anchor for the Rattlers defense, leading with 8 ground balls as well as an assist. John Gallowaymans the net and while he managed 12 saves in last week’s game; Galloway is going to have to be a wall against the Hounds speedy, well-placed shots.
The Hounds have come out with a fire in their bellies as they look to improve from last season’s results (5-9). Serving the Rattlers a loss last week, the Hounds will have to work for the win as the Rattlers will come out thirsty for redemption. Coach Cerinois “pleased with getting Ghitelman back in the net” and said earlier this week on the coaches call “his ability to communicate and pull that group together in play is a credit to him as a goaltender. It’s a different game for the goaltenders. There is no crash course on how to do it. He’s adjusted his positioning slightly; he’s learned to read the shooters; and he’s learned more about himself as a goalie. Getting our quarterback and leader in the back, Adam Ghitelman is what pulls us together.” At 1-1, the Hounds look to be off to a good start but can’t afford to get comfortable. After facing the Rattlers for a second time, the Hounds will face the Hamilton Nationals, who served a hard-to-swallow loss to the Boston Cannonsin week 2.
Players to Watch
The obvious player here is Peet Poillon(7pts against Rattlers). While it is his first year with the Hounds, Poillon has proved how versatile he is and has taken on a leadership role in the Hounds midfield that was lacking in their debut as a team in 2012. On the defensive end, Brett Schmidthas brought up 7 ground balls and one assist so far. Adam Ghitelmanhad an exceptional game last week against the Rattlers with 11 saves to 8 goals (.579%).