Hamilton shows everyone they are for real by dominating Rochester in every way. The game started off close and had the makings of a classic back and forth battle. That all changed early in the 2nd quarter as Rochester was unable to stop Hamilton’s shooters from treating John Galloway like a star at a carnival shooting gallery. The Nationals took a 3-3 tie and blew the doors off it with a 6 goal run to open the game up 9-3. David Earl and Stephen Keogh were the main scorers during the run and in the game as Keogh finished with 4 goals and 2 assists and Earl had a Hat trick and 2 assists.
Enough can not be said about how quickly and accurately the Nationals are able to get quality shots off. The reason this game got out of hand is the Nationals out played the Rattlers in all the Key areas. Craig Bunker was not up to the task of facing off against Matt Dolonte as he only went 10-29. That 65% win rate also helped the Nationals dominate the ground balls 59-33. This lead to a 56-40 shooting advantage for the Nationals. All these numbers spell trouble.
The lone bright spot on the night was the play of Galloway, Sure he surrendered 17 goals but he kept the final score at 17-8 versus 30-8. Galloway made 20 saves on the night, many of them spectacular. However his defense did not hold up in front of him as he was peppered with quality scoring chances all night long.
In a game that was supposed to be a a very even matchup the Nationals out ran, out gunned and out played the Rattlers who looked as if they came out a little flat after beating Boston in such dramatic fasion.