Machine Defeat Toronto Nationals
Chicago's wet spring has become Chicago's wet summer and for a second weekend in a row, rain was falling as the Chicago Machine took the field, this time hosting the Toronto Nationals. But the rain let up and Chicago's Leveille brothers Kevin and Mike put on a scoring clinic for appreciative fans at Glenbrook South High School in north suburban Glenview, Illinois.
Scoring got underway quickly with a sweet assist by Jeff Zywicki of the Toronto Nationals to Merrick Thomson who scored just 24 seconds into the game. Chicago responded a minute later with an unassisted goal by Kevin Leveille, extending his MLL record for games in which he has scored a goal. Toronto then scored a pair of goals by Colin Doyle (assist by Corey Small) and Merrick Thomson, his second of the game.
Chicago responded with three goals in a row including two by Mike Leveille (assists by Kenny Nims and Terry Kimener) and a goal by Chris Rotelli, his second of the game, assisted by Mike Leveille. The Chicago were up 5 to 3.
The teams traded goals with Toronto's Colin Doyle scoring his 2nd of the game, assist by Joe Walters, followed by another Chris Rotelli goal, his 3rd of the game (assist by Chazz Woodson). Merrick Thomson then scored his 3rd goal of the game, another assist by Joe Walters, to bring the score 6 to 5 in favor of Chicago. The Machine then scored three goals in a row. The first by Kevin Leveille was assisted by his brother Mike Leveille. Anthony Kelly then won a faceoff and then scored an unassisted goal on the run. Chicago's scoring for the first quarter ended with an unassisted goal by Steven Bauer. Toronto got one more goal by Colin Doyle, assist by Joe Walters, with 15 seconds left in the quarter. End of quarter one - Chicago 9, Toronto 6.
After a high-scoring 1st quarter, the 2nd quarter started with several great defensive stands by both teams and play by both goalies, Toronto having substituted Brett Queener in goal for Doc Schneider. Five minutes into the 2nd quarter, the Leveille brothers connected again with a goal by Kevin, assisted by Mike. 90 seconds later, the brothers connected again, this time a goal by Mike, his 3rd of the game, assisted by Kevin. Four minutes later, the Nationals scored their first goal of the 2nd quarter, a goal by Jeff Zywicki, assisted by Colin Doyle. A minute later, Chicago struck again with an unassisted goal by rookie All Star Kenny Nims.
Toronto then scored 3 goals in a row, the first two by Merrick Thomson, his 4th and 5th of the game, assisted by Colin Doyle and Joe Walters, and a goal by Jordan Hall, assist by Colin Doyle, with one minute left. Chicago struck back with two quick goals at the end of the half by Matt Streibl, assisted by Chris Rotelli, and then a two pointer by Greg Bice, assisted by Bill McGlone. End of the half - Chicago 15, Toronto 10.
Chicago kept up the pressure at the beginning of the 2nd half with four quick goals, one by Terry Kimener, two by Brendan Loftus, and one by Kevin Leveille, all unassisted, putting the Machine up 19 to 10.
Toronto struck back with goals by Shawn Williams (assist by Jeff Zywicki) and Joe Walters (unassisted). Chicago's Matt Streibl struck back with an assist by Chris Rotelli. The teams then traded goals by their high-scoring attackers with Merrick Thomson scoring his 6th goal (assist by Gavin Prout) and Kevin Leveille scoring his 5th (assist by Terry Kimener).
Just as the quarter ended, an altercation between Toronto's Colin Doyle and Chicago's Chazz Woodson cleared the benches and resulted in ejections by both players. The two teams began the 4th quarter with three minutes of 9 on 9 play, as both teams were assessed offsetting and un-releasable 3 minute penalties.
End of 3rd quarter, Chicago 22, Toronto 13.
Toronto got on the board first in the 4th quarter when Brodie Merrill scored on an assist by Geoff Snider and then Merrick Thomson scored, assist by Brodie Merrill. Kevin Leveille then scored again, assisted by Mike, his 6th goal of the game. The Toronto Nationals hit back with an unassisted goal by Jeff Zywicki after which Kevin Leveille scored again, his 7th of the game, again assisted by his brother Mike Leveille. With the score 24 to 16, Toronto's attackers worked hard to bring the tallies close, scoring 3 more goals before the end of the game, including two by Shawn Williams and one by Geoff Snider. Final score was Chicago 24, Toronto 19.
Kevin and Mike Leveille connected on 5 goals together, 4 scored by Kevin with assists by Mike and one scored by Mike, assisted by Kevin. Between the two brothers they had 10 goals and 6 assists, tallying 8 points each. Kevin had 7 goals and 1 assist and Mike had 3 goals and 5 assists. For Toronto, Merrick Thomson had 7 goals and Colin Doyle had 6 points on 3 goals and 3 assists before he was ejected. Chicago's Chris Rotelli had 3 goals and 2 assists and Toronto's Joe Walters had a goal and 4 assists, both picking up 5 points.
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