Ohio Machine Defeat Launch 13-11
BOCA RATON, Florida - The Ohio Machine snapped their seven game losing streak on Saturday, defeating the Florida Launch 13-11 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, NY.
Goalie Scotty Rodgers got the start in net, and finished the game with 17 saves, earning himself the Coca-Cola Player of the Game.
"Scotty has been an MLL starter," Machine head coach Bear Davis said. "I mean he's an All Star Game MVP in this league. We have full faith he can come in and get the job done. He did a great job for us tonight."
Rodgers was a force outside the crease as well as in it. Some big hits from Rodgers set the momentum on defense, and the Sheens defense went 3-3 shorthanded and only allowed four goals in the second half. Rodgers was bloodied on one hit to stop what would've been an easy finish for Florida, and was forced to come out of the game for three minutes before returning to finish the game.
"I think everyone knows that I'm going to make those physical plays," Rodgers said. "But it was a one-on-none. [Launch attackman Jules Heningburg] is a really good player. I couldn't let him try to fake on me like he did in the first quarter. So I came out, laid some wood, and took the penalty. [Goaltender] Kyle Bernlohr did a great job [in relief], and we saddled up."
Midfielder Frank Brown made his MLL debut, after being added by the Machine earlier this week. Brown got started right away, scoring just 24 seconds into the game. Brown would later complete a hat trick and add two assists.
"The kid is special," Davis said. "He's got great size. I think he's got a good first step. I think that you look at a guy that big and you don't necessarily know what he's going to do speed-wise, but he's got a great first step and he's incredibly poised. He came in here as an MLL rookie but he's been playing against the big boys, playing in the NLL Championship Series and i think that has some value for sure. He brought that to the table tonight, which is huge for us."
Attackman Davey Emala added a hat trick of his own, and attackman Justin Guterding added a pair of goals and an assist. Defenseman Steve Waldeck provided one of the turning points of the night, with a buzzer-beating 2-pointer to propel the Sheens into the lead to end the third quarter.
The Machine will face the Launch later this month at home, but now lead the season series 1-0. Next up for the Sheens is a week off for the FIL World Championship before returning home to face the Atlanta Blaze on Saturday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. when the Machine will host Shootout For Soldiers and First Responders night.
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