By Steve Danylyshyn | 7/20/13 4:15 PM
The Rochester Rattlers suffered a 12-9 loss to the Denver Outlaws Saturday afternoon in their final home game of the season on July 20th.
Rochester led only once in the game, and were unable to compete a four-goal comeback as they fell to Denver for the second time this season. I don’t know if there’s been any other team that has held them to 12 so far,” said Head Coach Tim Soudan. “I’m pretty proud of what we did tonight.” Attackman Ned Crotty tallied one goal and two assists, and rookies Dave Lawson and John Ranagan combined for five goals as the Rattlers dropped their seventh game of the season.
Rochester got on the board first on Saturday afternoon, when 3:22 in, Ranagan picked up the ground ball after a broken play, and used a strong ally dodge to rip one past Schwartzman to give the Rattlers a 1-0 lead. Denver held the advantage in possession time in the first quarter, and used that ball control to go on a four-goal run after the Ranagan score. “They possessed the ball a bunch tonight and it hurt us,” said Soudan. Jeremy Sieverts went for a two-point score 4:47 into the quarter, and Eric Law would score with 4:48 remaining to give Denver a 5-1 lead. Rochester would score once more before the end of the first quarter, when Lawson used a sidearm cannon to score his sixth of the season, and to make the score 5-2 heading into the second quarter.
Rochester again found the net first to start off the second quarter, when Crotty dodged from behind the cage and found Jordan MacIntosh on the backside for an easy quick stick goal to cut Denver’s lead to 5-3. Just over a minute later, Denver’s Zach Greer got on top of the crease and snuck one past Galloway, and Chris Bocklet would score off the ensuing faceoff to take a 7-3 lead. Rochester would score again 8:46 into the second quarter, when Steven Boyle fired one top shelf past Schwartzman off a nice dish from Crotty to bring the score to 7-4. A little under two minutes later Rochester would go on the man advantage after a Denver push, but failed to capitalize, going 0-3 on man up for the night. The Rattlers would end the second quarter with one more goal, when Crotty again got on the score sheet with 2:48 remaining after he used a quick dodge from behind the net and finished to get within two of the Outlaws, entering halftime trailing 7-5.
Denver started the third quarter with a man advantage and capitalized quickly when just 30 seconds into the half, Chris Bocklet scored his second of the night, giving the Outlaws an 8-5 lead. Denver continued on a two-goal run with scores from Pennington and Turri, extending their lead to 10-5. Rochester responded with a two-goal run of their own, with goals from both Lawson and Ranagan. “They’re awesome,” said Soudan. “They are both going to be superstars in this league.”
8:24 into the quarter, Lawson would score his second of the night on a great effort when he got a shot off as he was falling to the ground to make the score 10-6. Exactly six minutes later with just over 30 seconds remaining in the quarter, Ranagan extended his scoring streak to six games with his second of the night after a perfectly placed shot on the run that took the Rattlers into the fourth quarter trailing Denver 10-7.
Rochester started off the fourth quarter on fire, when Lawson recorded the hat trick on a low underhand shot just 40 seconds in to cut the Denver lead to 10-8. “Lawson’s really coming into his own,” said Soudan. Under three minutes later, Rochester got within one of Denver and made it 10-9 when defenseman Mike Manley scored a highlight real goal, carrying the ball the entire length of the field, finishing with a diving goal as he was getting sandwiched by the Denver defense. Rochester went up a man after that play, but failed to score on the advantage, and was never able to complete the comeback. Denver was able to kill off the rest of the clock in the fourth, and scored two more times before the end of the quarter to finish the game with a 12-9 final score.
Faceoff man John Ortolani went 10-24 at the X for Rochester, and Manley picked up seven groundballs in the Rattlers loss. Goalie John Galloway also recorded 14 saves. Saturday’s loss drops Rochester to 4-7, and moves them to sixth place in the league.
Rochester will finish out the season on a three game road trip, starting with the Lizards on Saturday, July 27th. You can catch that game live on CBS Sports.