By Samantha Blair | 7/5/14 9:00 PM
CHARLOTTE, NC (July 5, 2014) The Rochester Rattlers (7-3) moved into a tie for first place with a thrilling 15-13 win over the hosting Charlotte Hounds (4-6) on Saturday Night at American Legion Stadium. Using a spin dodge off the top of the crease to score, Justin Turri got things going for the Rattlers red hot offense early on.
After both Mike Sawyer and Justin Ward fired shots wide, Rattlers John Ranagan showed the Hounds how to finish with a lefty goal, his tenth of the season. Charlotte finally made it on the scoreboard with a shot by John Haus, but it wasn’t long before Rochester came back with a wide-open goal by Mark Cockerton.
After a second goal by Haus, Thomas DeNapoli tied the game up 3-3, scoring in the low right corner. The Rattlers responded shortly after. Jordan Wolf broke down the defense, drawing Hounds goalie Adam Ghitelman out of the cage, allowing him to make a diving goal around the right side of the crease. Rookie Miles Thompson ended the quarter with a stunning feed behind the back to Turri, who scored just before the buzzer ending the quarter up 5-3.
The Rattlers opened the second quarter just like they left it. Jordan MacIntosh had a beautiful behind the back feed to Turri, who buried the shot in the back of the net to claim his hat trick. Despite Justin Ward giving Charlotte another point, Joel White ran the Rattlers score up 7-4.
The back and forth battle continued as Hound’s Mike Sawyer made a quick catch-and-release shot, closing the gap 7-5. Long-stick Mike Manley and Thompson refused to let the Hounds catch up, claiming another two goals for the Rattlers. Then, Wolf came off the goal line extended to add another to the Rochester tally ending the half 10-5.
Rochester entered the second half with twice as many goals as the Hounds and continued their streak with a low to high shot from Cockerton. Charlotte’s Mike Sawyer came in with a key 2-pointer as well as another goal to move the score to 11-8. Rattlers rookie Mark Cockerton claimed his hat trick, giving the Rattlers another four-goal lead coming into the end of the third.
Hounds attackman Matt Danowski started off the fourth quarter with an incredible behind-the-back goal followed by another point by Jake Tripucka, making it a two-goal game. After going back and forth for the last portion of the game, Wolf found the back of the net followed by another goal from Dave Lawson. Danowski showed classic Hounds’ grit, putting another one on the board for the Hounds.
Tensions were high in the last five minutes of the game as Joel White brought the score to 15-11, and although they tried valiantly the Hounds were unable to overcome the 15-13 Rochester lead.
Rookie Jordan Wolf continues to dominate since his late season start, being awarded the Coca Cola Player of the Game for his 3 goal effort. Hat tricks were also garnered by Mark Cockerton and Justin Turri. Rochester moves into a first place tie (7-3) with Denver and Charlotte drops into three way tie with Ohio and Florida (4-6).
The Rattlers play next at the Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-7) on Thursday, July 17th at 7 pm. Rochester returns home on Saturday, July 26thto host the Charlotte Hounds at Sahlen’s Stadium. For more information on tickets call the Rattlers main office at (585) 340-6905 or ticketmaster.com. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @RattlersLax.