Rochester, NY (July 23, 2016)—After slipping into an uncharacteristic three-game losing streak, the Lizards looked to get back in the win column on the road against the Rochester Rattlers.
Shortly after Greg “The Beast” Gurenlian’s opening faceoff win, Matt Gibson found some room in front of the net and rifled a shot, giving New York a 1-0 advantage. Dave Lawson followed suit on the next possession, extending New York’s lead to two. However, the Rattlers answered right back with a goal from attackman John Ranagan, his eleventh of the year.
Thanks to a great pass-spin move, Marasco netted his first goal of the game. Ranagan also found the back of the net again, beating Lizards goalie Drew Adams topside, for his second goal of the game. Nevertheless, New York stormed back with two straight goals from Paul Rabil and Matt Gibson, extending their lead to three at the end of the first quarter.
The Lizards continued to dominate the offensive zone in the second quarter, with five goals on several great offensive plays. Pannell and Rabil both netted two goals apiece in the quarter on great shots from inside the two-point arc. Gibson also collected a hat trick on a great pass from Pannell.
Rochester retaliated with four goals of their own from Kip Orban, Jeremy Boltus, Jesse King, and a nice behind-the-back shot from Donnie Moss in the quarter. At halftime, New York led Rochester 10-6.
Both teams exchanged several goals throughout the third quarter. For a second time, Marasco found the back of the net by beating his defender. Rabil also netted his fourth goal of the game on a stinger from just outside the two-point arc.
Yet again, Rochester responded with three straight goals, one from Ned Crotty and two from Jeremy Boltus, who accumulated his third goal of the contest. Despite the run, the Lizards led the Rattlers 13-9 heading into the final quarter of play.
The Rattlers continued to have their way with the Lizards in the final quarter of play, scoring two straight goals on a man up opportunity after an illegal crosscheck from Steve DeNapoli. Regardless, Lawson ended Rochester’s run by scoring his second goal of the game.
However, with just over eight minutes remaining the Rattlers responded with a vengeance, scoring four straight goals and taking a 15-14 lead. Although down but not out, Pannell beat his defender behind the net and tied the game at 15 with the clock winding down. Thankfully, the Rattlers could not take advantage of their final possession in regulation.
Nearly six minutes into overtime Rabil was able to find the net one last time after receiving a pass from Pannell. The Lizards pulled through with a 16-15 overtime victory in a hard fought game on the road.
The game was very exciting as both teams fought until the final whistle; nevertheless Rabil, Gibson, and Pannell had tremendous nights. Both Gibson and Pannell collected three goals apiece. Rabil also collected five goals and one assist. Drew Adams had a stellar night with a 58 percent save average. Gurenlian tallied 19 of 34 face off wins.