The Rochester picked up their first win of the season in their first home game as they defeated the Boston Cannons 8-7. Last week the Cannons scored 15 and Rochester made a point to hold the Cannons down this week, and they did, holding them to just eight goals and just one at the half.
The player of the game was John Galloway who made 11 saves to stop the Cannons. Boston trailed 4-1 at the half but eventually came back to tie the game at four before Rochester rattled off three more goals. Down 7-4, goals from Kevin Buchanan and Mike Stone made it 7-6, but Steven Boyle’s goal gave Rochester a two goal lead.
Jack Rice scored late in the game to get it within one, and the Cannons stole the ball from Rochester with time running out and a Ryan Boyle shot almost tied the game, but it was not to be as the Rattlers took the game.
Rochester has now won their last four games against the Cannons, and a week after giving up the most goals of the season in 18 they gave up the least amount in seven. Boston was without Stephen Berger, who according to a source was out per coaches decision to work other players into the lineup, and replacing him in the lineup was Mike Stone, who did score a goal.
Kevin Leveille scored twice and now has 264 career goals and is six goals back of the all time record, something he may be able to achieve in the next two weeks.
The Cannons never lead in this game and only tied it twice; when Will Manny made it 1-1 and when Buchanan tied it up at four. The Cannons dominated in faceoffs with Chris Eck winning 14 out of 19 and his counter part John Ortolani, a former Cannon, struggling with only five wins.
Next week the Cannons return home to face the Denver Outlaws while the Rattlers will battle the New York Lizards for the second time this season.