June 27, 2009

MLL: Denver Dominates, Nats' Slide Continues

from press release

The Nationals had a quick turnaround this week, playing two games within three days -- and it showed.

Earlier this week Toronto fell to the Cannons, and Saturday they kept on falling. In their previous meeting, the Denver Outlaws made sure to make a statement by defeating the Toronto Nationals, 15-8, proving they were worthy of first place. The rematch played out in much the same way. With a 20-16 win, Denver strengthened its hold on the top spot in the league as Toronto slipped further down the ranks.

In front of 3,791 Toronto fans, the Denver Outlaws left BMO field showcasing why they are the top team in the league.

Denver drew the first blood two minutes into the game with a goal by Dan Hardy and an assist from league point leader Brendan MundorfMatt Brown netted the next goal from a feed by Nate Watkins. Toronto wasn't going to let the Outlaws off to an easy start though, as Gavin Prout retaliated with a shorthanded goal. A few minutes later Toronto pulled ahead by a goal; however, this was the first and last time of the game that Toronto led Denver. At the end of the first quarter the game was tied at four goals apiece.

The Outlaws started off the next quarter again, this time with an unassisted goal by Josh Sims. Scoring was back-and-forth for the rest of the quarter with attackman Drew Westervelt netting the first power play goal of the night and Delby Powless getting Toronto's second shorthanded goal. Denver took the lead at the end of the half with a score of 10-8. 

Toronto set off scoring in the second half, putting in their third shorthanded goal as Brodie Merrillnetted his first of the game. Mundorf quickly got even by punishing National keeper normal;">Brett Queener with back-to-back goals. Not to be outdone by Mundorf, Matt Brown added his own set of back-to-back goals. Sims and Westervelt scored their second goals of the game, Westervelt off of an assist from Denver goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman. By the end of the quarter, the Outlaws pulled ahead of the Nationals 16-10.

While Toronto did rally in the fourth quarter with help from Merrick Thomson and a two-point goal by Stephen Hoar, it wasn't enough. The Nationals fell for a second time to the Outlaws by a final score of 20-16.

Mundorf showed why he leads not only the Outlaws but also the league in points, adding six (5g, 1a). But the most impressive player on the field was Brown, who scored in all four quarters. Contributing seven points (6g, 1a) to the Outlaw victory, Brown earned Bud Light MVP of the game honors.

Thomson kept the Nationals competitive with six points (5g, 1a). Powless also had a big game with five points (3g, 2a).

On the defensive end, Schwartzman made nine saves for the Outlaws.

Toronto's Doc Schneider and Brett Queener finished with nine and four saves, respectively.

Toronto will travel next to play the Chicago Machine while Denver will return home to host the Boston Cannons, both on July 4.

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