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The Ohio Machine vs. Denver Outlaws; Hamilton Nationals vs. The Ohio Machine
Friday, July 13th, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 14th, 7:00 p.m.
Ron Joyce Stadium, Hamilton, ON; Selby Stadium, Columbus, OH.
7/13: Fans can watch the game Live on ESPN3.com or on SportsTime Ohio at 11:30 p.m.
7/14: Fans will be able to watch the game Live on ESPN3.com and on SportsTime Ohio. The game will also be rebroadcasted on 7/16 at 12 p.m.
The Ohio Machine (1-7)
Hamilton Nationals (2-6)
The Ohio Machine will travel to Hamilton, Ontario to play the Hamilton Nationals in the first game of the back-to-back series. The Machine will then welcome the Nationals to Selby Stadium on RadioU Night.
RadioU Night features an exciting and family friendly atmosphere that will end with a post-game concert from American rock band Abandon. RadioU Night will begin at 5:30 p.m. with pre-game speakers, including Machine players Greg Bice, Brett Hughes and life coach R.J. Lowery. This presentation will take place at Ohio Wesleyan University in the Schimmel/Conrades Science Center room 163, and last until 6 p.m. Admission to the speakers is free to the first 100 people with tickets to that night’s game. From 5:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Abandon will be in the Ohio Machine Fan Zone to meet and greet fans before the game. The concert is set to begin immediately after the game.
Last Time Out
On July 4th, the Ohio Machine traveled to Denver to play the Denver Outlaws. The Machine fell behind quickly to the Outlaws, trailing by as many as nine in the first half. With 5:49 left in the first half Machine midfielder Matt Casey scored to spur a four-goal run by the Machine to end the half. Denver responded with two quick goals to open up the third quarter but Machine midfielder Kiel Matisz scored two straight goals to bring the Outlaws lead back down to five. The Machine added three more goals to make the score 12-10 but Denver refused to relinquish their lead and they pulled out their sixth win of the season. Machine rookie Steele Stanwick led all players with six points (1G 5A).
#81 (D) Kyle Hartzell - Last week against the Denver Outlaws, defenseman Kyle Hartzell set his career high for groundballs in a game with 11. Hartzell now has 29 groundballs on the year, which is two behind his career high, and ranks him first on the team.
#46 (M) Kiel Matisz - In his two games with the Machine, rookie midfielder Kiel Matisz has scored five goals and rookie Steele Stanwick has assisted on all five of those goals. Against the Outlaws, Matisz also registered his first career hat-trick.
#66 (A) Steele Stanwick - In three games rookie attackman Steele Stanwick has 10 assists and has assisted on .243% of his team’s total goals. Stanwick’s 10 assists puts him second among all rookies in assists.
#18 (D) Joe Smith - Veteran defender Joe Smith will make his Ohio Machine debut this weekend when the Machine play the Nationals on Friday. Smith comes from the Rochester Rattlers where he played in two games. Smith has played in 60 games throughout his career and has garnered 65 groundballs.
#10 (FO/M) Eric O'Brien - Face-off specialist Eric O’Brien has had a career year for the Machine and is now 48-78 from the X. O’Brien’s face-off percentage of .615% is the highest in the league and is nine percentage points ahead of Long Island’s Greg Gurenlian
Deadline Dealers- The Ohio Machine were very active at the MLL trade deadline on July 10th, trading for midfielder Jeff Colburn and attackman Joe Cummings. The Machine began the day by trading its 1st and 2nd round picks in the 2013 Supplemental Draft to the Rochester Rattlers for Colburn and Rochester’s 1st pick in the 2013 Supplemental Draft. The Machine traded its 2013 2nd round pick (acquired from Denver) and conditional 2014 3rd round pick to Chesapeake for Cummings and a 2013 3rd round pick (acquired from Rochester).
Offensive Re-awakening- In the team’s last three games the team has scored 41 goals. In the team’s first five games they only scored 52 goals. The team has also had 21 assists in its last three games compared to 22 over its first five games.
Groundball Magnets- The Ohio Machine currently average 31.3 groundballs per game, which ranks them fifth in the league in that category. The team is led in groundballs by defensemen Kyle Hartzell and Ray Megill. Hartzell has 29 groundballs which ranks him sixth amongst defensemen in the league and Megill has 27 which ranks him 10th amongst defensemen.
Importance of Upcoming Games: “Our guys recognize what’s in front of them with these games this weekend and that we need to get a couple of wins. Our guys aren’t going to give up and are looking forward to another opportunity.
Recent Trades: “You have to keep an eye on moving forward for the future but we are still trying to win this season because we aren’t out of the playoff picture. It’s not an easy task but it’s not impossible. We’re trying to do a bit of both winning now while also preparing ourselves well for the future.”
Face Off: “Hamilton’s face-off will give us a challenge. Our wing guys are going to have to be ready to get those ground balls to help us out. It’s going to be a good match up and a good test for O’Brien.”
Steele: “He got a pretty good hit in the last game but he will be alright and bounce back for this weekend. He is a young star who is moving forward every week and getting acclimated to our style of play and the pace of the game. He is getting more comfortable with the team and helping direct the offense.”
The Hamilton Nationals come into this weekend having lost three straight games. The team’s most recent loss was a two point defeat at home to the Boston Cannons. The Nationals led the Cannons, 7-6, heading into halftime but were outscored 4-1 in the third quarter. A goal from Hamilton attackman Cody Jamieson brought the Nationals within one in the fourth quarter but Hamilton could not overcome the deficit. Hamilton now has two wins on the season and is last in the league in goals scored with 92. On offense the Nationals are led by veteran midfielder Joe Walters who has 10 goals and 14 assists, and midfielder Kevin Crowley who has a career high 21 points (13G 8A). The Nationals defense is led by six time MLL defensive player of the year Brodie Merrill. Merill is currently fourth in the league in groundballs with 52. In the net Hamilton is led by Brett Queener and Scott Rodgers. Queener has a goals against average of 14.66 and 89 saves while Rodgers has posted a 17.47 goals against average and has recorded 19 saves.
The Ohio Machine will host the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Zoo Night. The Machine will then travel to Rochester to play the Rattlers for the second time this season. For tickets to Zoo Night and the rest of the season’s home games, call the Machine at (614) 754-1973 or click here to purchase them today.