The Chesapeake Bayhawks remain undefeated on the season advancing to 3-0 with an impressive victory over the visiting Ohio Machine. In a game that last only three quarters due to lighting and incompetent weather, the Bayhawks posted fourteen goals compared to the five of the Machine.
The Bayhawks’ offense was led by veteran attackman Ben Rubeor as he had four goals and an assist on the game. Rubeor who had seven goals last week had a dominate showing yet again to win player-of-the-game honors. He has also extended his points streak to thirty-two consecutive games.
John Grant Jr. joined the Bayhawks for the first time this season following his NLL commitments. Grant didn’t put up the big numbers that we are accustomed to seeing, but his presence did shape the game. With the attention of the Machine defense, other Bayhawk players were able to shake free and find open looks at the net. Midfielder Matt Mackrides and attackman Drew Westervelt each had hat-tricks on the evening.
One aspect of the game that shaped the outcome for the Bayhawks was the dominance of face-offs. Adam Rand won thirteen of the twenty-one face-offs. With an offense as powerful as that of the Bayhawks, giving them extra opportunities ultimately will be the downfall of your team in that respective game.
Kip Turner returned to his position between the pipes and had a dominate performance. Turner recorded eleven saves with just five goals allowed.
There were not many bright spots for the visiting Machine. Second year man Steele Stanwick has three assists on the evening while Joe Cummings and Jim Connolly each had two goals.
The Machine fall to 0-2 on the season and are half of a game ahead of last place Boston Cannons. The Bayhawks sit atop the standings along with the Denver Outlaws.