MLL Week 12 Recap; Bayhawks Keep Rolling, Rattlers Clinch Playoff Birth

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Week 12 started on Wednesday night as the Denver Outlaws hosted their annual 4th of July game as they played the Cannons in front of crowd of 30,000. On Saturday we saw some great games and one of those included the Dallas Rattlers being the first team to clinch a playoff birth. 

This was also the last week before the FIL World Championships in Netayna, Israel. Almost every team will be missing some key players for about two weeks as there are MLL players on Team USA, Canada, Israel, and Australia. That will really hurt some teams as the playoff race starts to heat up even more.

Denver Outlaws 25 vs Boston Cannons 11

Denver dominated Boston on the 4th of July at home in front of 30,000 fans. This win also helped Denver extend their winning streak to six games.

The Outlaws got out to a 6-3 and the end of the first quarter and they never looked back. That offense was clicking on all cylinders as they just pounded Boston. Denver would use a big second half run to really burry the Cannons and limit any comeback they may have had.

Outlaws rookie Chris Cloutier would lead the way again as he was able to score six goals, including five in the fourth quarter. There were nine more goals scorers in addition to Cloutier for the Outlaws. Matt Kavanagh, Eric Law, Zach Currier, and Mikie Schlosser were all guys that also had great offensive performances. Kavnagh, Law, Schlosser, and Currier all had three goals in the Outlaws win. In cage Jack Kelly had another outstanding performance as he stopped 12-18 shots.

The Cannons really struggled as they took a very tough loss on the road. They got behind early and could never catch back up as they got dominated all night long.

Mark Cockerton, Tim Edwards, and Sergio Perkovic really gave the Cannons some hope with their offense performances. Cockerton had six goals, Edwards had two, and Perkovic had a two pointer. Another big performer for Boston was Trevor Baptiste who went 11-38 at the faceoff dot.

Dallas Rattlers 14 vs Charlotte Hounds 9

The Rattlers became the first team to clinch a playoff birth in 2018 as they extended their winning streak to six and home record to 5-0.

Dallas got off to a 3-1 first quarter lead and extended it to 7-4 by halftime. The Rattlers offense was on again as they had a huge performance as they helped hold on to that lead all game. The offense was lead by Randy Staats, Ned Crotty, Jordan Wolf, and Ty Thompson. Staats and Crotty each had a hat trick as Wolf had two goals. Ty Thompson had one goal and one assist. Dallas also played some great defense as they didn't let the Hounds get back in to the game much at all. In Cage John Galloway was good again as he has 12 saves off of 21 shots. 

Charlotte would be able to get things going on offense and make things pretty close for the most part after the first. Charlotte just couldn't mount a big enough comeback to ever get ahead of the Rattlers.

Ryan Brown, Matt Rambo, and Mike Chanechuck were all guys that stepped up big time in this game. Brown would finish with three goals as Rambo had two. Chanechuck would finish with two goals as well. We saw some more toughness from Matt Rambo as he got his helmet knocked off again and kept playing. Charlotte just couldn't top the Rattlers here as they took their fifth loss in six games.

Florida Launch 11 vs Ohio Machine 13

The Machine were able to get a very much needed road win in Boca Raton as they snap a seven game losing streak.

Ohio was lead by a very balanced scoring attack that was able to get past that Launch defense and finally out something together. Davey Emala, Justin Guterding would have good offensive performances. The three goals from Emala and two goals from Guterding really helped Ohio stay on top of and maintain their lead. They had a 5-3 lead the end of the first and never gave it up.

For Florida things looked a little bit different than usual. They didn't play as great defense but Dylan Molloy did have another great game offensively. Molloy would finish with four goals on the day. Connor Buczek also had two for the Launch.

Ohio looks to be playing as one cohesive unit again, but is it too late? That is the million dollar question.

Chesapeake 16 vs New York Lizards 13

The Bayhawks were able to hold off the Lizards as they got their seventh straight win. The game was dominated by offense as we had a shootout and Chesapeake won that battler.

Chesapeake would get out to an 11-8 lead at the half due to that great offense. This lead really gave the Bayhawks some cushion room for the second half. Chesapeake would come out just as strong in the second half as they put the Lizards away by marinating that lead. New York had a great counter attack as it really was a shootout. New York didn't get as many extra possessions as Chesapeake and that really hurt.

The Bayhawks were lead by Colin Heacock, Steele Stanwick, Myles Jones, and Nate Lewnes. Heacock had another great game as he finished with three goals and one assist as Stanwick had two goals. Jones and Lewnes each had three goals a piece. It was a great showing by Nico Amato as he had another great game in cage saving 19 out of 31 shots.

New York was lead by their usual core, without Rabil, as they really played well but just couldn't mount such a big comeback. Will Manny had four goals as Rob Pannell had three. Joe Walters and also had two goals as well. The Lizards played good but they just couldn't mount a big enough comeback to get that win.