June 8, 2014

Potent Hounds Offense Ends Outlaws Streak

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports | Twitter

One week after failing to finish in the fourth quarter against the Denver Outlaws, the Charlotte Hounds did just that as they handed the Outlaws their first loss of the season Saturday night, 18-15. The loss for Denver was its first in regular season play since the middle of the 2012 season, a span of 25 games. 

The Hounds also ended Denver's season a year ago, when the unbeaten Outlaws fell in the first round of the playoffs at the No. 4 seed and upstart Hounds.

On Saturday, Charlotte struck first when veteran Matt Danowski beat Outlaws goaltender Charlie Cipriano just 35 seconds into the first quarter. Mike Chanenchuk, a rookie out of Maryland playing in his first MLL game, scored his first career goal to help the Hounds go up early 2-0.

After the Hounds took 3-1 lead into the second quarter, the Outlaws offense woke up. Eric Law and Drew Snider led the way, each scoring two goals a piece, while Jeremy Sieverts converted his fourth two-point goal on the season, which leads all players.

However, the Hounds offensive found a rhythm as well. Chanenchuk and Danowski both buried their second goals of the game while Josh Hawkins added two more in a second quarter that saw 13 combined goals as Charlotte took a 9-8 lead into the break.

In the second half, Ryan Young delivered a big third quarter for the Hounds, scoring his second and third goals of the night, but Curtis Dickson and the Outlaws would not go away, as both teams entered the fourth quarter tied 12-12.

Dickson opened up the final frame by scoring his fourth goal of the game on a fifteen-yard shot that beat Hounds keeper Adam Ghitelman top shelf. However, face-off man Tim Fallon won a number of key draws for Charlotte in the fourth quarter that helped give the Hounds extra scoring chances, including setting up Mason Poli's two-point goal just 23 seconds after Dickson had given the Outlaws the lead. Justin Ward scored less than a minute later to extend the Hounds lead to 15-13.

A late goal by Domenic Sebastiani cut the Hounds lead back to two at 17-15, but John Haus scored with 17 seconds left after Denver had pulled Cipriano to preserve the win.

Ghitelman made 12 saves on the night and helped the Hounds improve to 2-4 on the season. Cipriano made 13 saves as the Outlaws fell to 5-1.

Dickson led the way for the Outlaws with five points on four goals and one assist, while Law and Sieverts both had four points each. Haus finished with a game-high five points for the Hounds on three goals and two assists. Young, the game's MVP, finished with three goals.

Next week, the Hounds welcome the Florida Launch to Charlotte for the first time while the Outlaws will head back west and host the New York Lizards.

MVP: Ryan Young

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