A three-goal run by the Hounds made Lizards fans sweat a little bit but New York had too much offensive firepower for the visiting Charlotte Hounds in a 14-12 win on Saturday night. Thanks to a pair of Cornell graduates, Rob Pannell and Max Seibald, the Lizards were able to move into a three-way tie for third place as the MLL hits the second of three breaks for this year’s all star break.
Pannell led the way with a six-goal performance while fellow Cornell graduate and teammate Max Seibald had four goals, two of which were of the two-point variety.
After Charlotte scored the opening two goals, the Lizards scored the next four thanks to two goals a piece from Pannell and Seibald. Ryan Young scored his second goal of the quarter to end the Lizards scoring run and see the first quarter end with the Lizards up 5-3.
The Hounds stormed back in the second quarter as they scored four of the five goals that were seen. Mike Sawyer, John Haus, Justin Ward and Matt Danowski all got on the scoreboard for the Hounds as Charlotte took a 7-6 lead into halftime.
New York came back with a 4-2 advantage in the third quarter. Pannell scored two more goals in the quarter and Seibald added his second two pointer of the game. However, the Lizards only took a 10-9 lead into the final quarter.
New York would flex their offensive muscle and put the game away with four straight goals to open the quarter as rookie Brandon Mangan, Tommy Palasek, Pannell and Seibald all scored to put the Lizards up 14-9 with a little mor than half the quarter over.
Charlotte made it interesting as they answered with a three-goal run of their own as Haus completed his hat trick and Danowski and Mike Chanenchuk both scored. However, New York’s defense held on and perserved the team’s fourth win of the year.
Haus led the way with his hat trick while Danowski and Sawyer each had two goals and an assist. Adam Ghitelman had 13 saves on the night but allowed two two-point goals on the night.
Outside of Pannell and Seibald, Mangan and Palasek added the only other points on the night. Drew Adams finished with 15 saves on the night and had a good tune up as the team heads into the break,