PLL: A shiny win for Chrome over Chaos on PLL opening day

Eli Salama goes on a run for Chrome LC. July 25, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the PLL)

Chrome LC came out shiny in their first win against Chaos on the PLL’s opening day of play at Zions Bank Stadium. Chaos had a commanding lead in the first half but Chrome had an even stronger lead in the second half and walked away with a 13-9 chippy win. With newly developed bad blood between the teams, expect a lot more hitting the next time these two teams face each other.

Curtis Dickson and Connor Fields put on a beautiful, chaotic show at the beginning of the game. Their behind-the-back and seemingly impossible goals had it looking like a goalie change was imminent. Each man contributed a hat trick and an assist. However, their quickly dominating game seemed to fizzle out. Josh Byrne, Sergio Salcido and Patrick Resch had Chaos’ other goals.

At the other end, Jordan Wolf dazzled for Chrome with a hat trick before the defense figured out how to shut him down. The hat trick came early in the game and then no more goals were to be had by Wolf. His compatriots in this campaign, with two goals and one assist each, were John Ranagan and Justin Guterding.

Mike Manley also played well for Chrome. He was a leader on defense with two caused turnovers and four ground balls. Jarrod Neumann has one caused turnover and five ground balls for team Chaos. Dan Coates had two caused turnovers.

Connor Farrell went 19 for 24 (79%) at the X and helped seal the Chrome victory. Thomas Kelly had a hard time containing him.

Blaze Riorden started strong in goal for Chaos but struggled in the second half. He ended the game with 10 saves. John Galloway ended his night with 12 saves and the victory—despite a slow start.

Chaos next plays Monday at 7 p.m. against Redwoods while Chrome is back in action on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., also versus Redwoods. Sunday’s only game features the newly created Waterdogs taking on team Atlas. At 4 p.m. on NBC.