June 5, 2009

Greer, Lizards Shake Down Cannons in OT

from press releases

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - On a rainy and cold night at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium the Long Island Lizards defeated the Boston Cannnons for the second time this season in overtime, 14-13. Chris Fiore, the Bud Light Game MVP, scored the winning goal 21 seconds into overtime.

After three minutes of scoreless play, Boston Cannons' leading scorer Paul Rabil fired the first goal of the night. Tim Goettelmann answered right back, starting a three goal run by the Lizards. Matt Danowski scored his first goal of the night off an assist from Goettelmann, followed by Fiore's first goal of night. With only a second left on the clock Boston's Sean Morris scored the final goal of the quarter making the score 3-2 going into the second quarter.

The Lizards came out on fire in the second quarter scoring three goals in three minutes. Peter Vlahakis won the first three faceoffs to give the Lizards the scoring advantage. Rookie Zack Greer scored his first of four goals off an assist from Long Island native Stephen Peyser. In similar fashion, Greer scored again off an assist from Vlahakis. Fiore scored his second goal of the night with 12:43 remaining in the quarter. Boston got back on the scoreboard with a goal from Matt Alrich off an assist from Morris, making the score 6-3.

Former college teammates, Danowski and Greer, proved why they are one of the most threatening attack duos in the league. Greer made a great pass to Danowski, who fired a quick shot past Cannons' goalie Mike Levin. Goettelmann scored once more for the Lizards to make the score 8-3 going into half.

Boston came out of the locker room determined to catch up, scoring three goals including one two-point goal from Kevin Cassese. Kyle Sweeney had two goals and Morris had his third goal of the night in the five-minute span. Fiore cut Bostons' momentum scoring his third goal of the game. Jon Christmas scored back-to-back goals making the score 10-9 and giving the Cannons their first lead of the night. A cross-checking penalty was called against Cannons' defender Jack Reid, giving the Lizards a man-up opportunity. Greer capitalized on this power play to tie the score at ten going into the final quarter.

Blake Miller got things rolling for the Lizards, scoring a goal off an assist from Keith Cromwell. Miller's only goal of the night brought him one-step closer to the 100-goal mark as a Long Island Lizard; he is currently four goals away from that milestone. The next three goals were scored by Boston, including two by Morris.

With the score at 13-11 in favor of Boston, the Lizards retaliated and began to chip away at the Cannons lead. Peyser scored a goal with 1:25 left on the clock, cutting the Cannons lead to one goal. The dynamic duo shined again as Greer scored a behind the back goal off a pass from Danowski, tying the game 13-13 with 50 seconds left. Boston possessed the ball for the final seconds of the game but were unable to break the Lizards defense sending the game into overtime.

Vlahakis won the most important faceoff of the night, giving the Lizards the final possession of the game. With 21 seconds into overtime, Fiore scored his fourth goal of the game to win it for the Lizards. The Lizards defense proved to be the best defense in the league yet again, only allowing three goals in the first half. Brian Dougherty made 14 saves in the win.

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