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CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND! The Ohio Machine defeat Florida 18-13 in the first round of the MLL Playoffs to send them to Dallas.

August 12, 2017
OBETZ, Ohio -- The Ohio Machine is CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND with an 18-13 victory over the  Launch Saturday night. Tom Schreiber was the MVP of this first round playoff game, with three goals and three assists for a massive six point game. Kyle Bernlohr had 13 saves while Greg Puskuldjian went 17-for-3.

First Quarter

RIght off the bat, Tom Schreiber got an Ohio Machine goal with an assist from Cannizzaro at 14:17. Kyle Bernlohr came out strong as he prevented the first four shots of the game from the Launch. Brian Karalunas scored at 12:19 for an incredible long stick shot; the Machine led 2-0. Mark Cockerton gets on the board after a turnover from Florida at 9:16 in the quarter. It wasn’t much longer for the Launch to get on the board with a strike from Tim Barber at 6:07. Greg Puskuldjian started off strong winning four of the first five faceoffs. Right out of a TV time out around the four-minute mark Florida pushed the ball down the field only to have another turnover caused by Pat Harbeson. A mess up during the transition allowed the Florida Launch to score a goal by number six, Kieran Mcardle with 1:40 left in the quarter. A two point shot from Waldeck was spot on but no good to end the first quarter.

Second Quarter

The Machine came out red hot with a Greg Puskuldjian goal at 14:44; it was Puskuldjian’s ball the whole way. Another unforced turnover from the Florida Launch led to a fast Machine goal. Marcus Holman with the goal at 13:50, Ohio pushed the lead to three. Kyle Bernlohr got two huge stops from back to back shots from Florida. The Launch got their first goal of the half with 10:10 in the second quarter from Mariano. It was a tough fought goal as the Faceless Men have been near perfect through the first half. John Yozzo-Scaperrotta got a slashing call mid-way through the second which resulted in a one minute man up a chance for Ohio. The Machine were called for a penalty just as the Launch score a goal from Connor Buczek with 5:22 remaining. Buczek followed up his goal with another strike at 3:55 to tie the game up at five all. Florida took the lead for the first time in the game with a goal from Dylan Molloy with 1:50 remaining in the half. The Machine answered the calling with a beautiful assist from Tom Schreiber to Cannizzaro with 40 seconds left. Almost instantly after the faceoff, Mark Cockerton gets his first goal of the night at 21 seconds to go. This was a back and forth moment for the two clubs as the Launch score another goal to make it a 7-7 ball game going into the half.

Third Quarter

Puskuldjian tied the face-off battle the first half going 8-16 and won the first face-off to start the second half. Dominique Alexander’s physical play allowed him to force the turnover. Florida soon got an unnecessary roughness penalty at 12:29 to put the Sheen man up. Peter Baum took advantage with a goal at 11:58 to take the lead 8-7. Again, Baum skipped one in just inside the two-point arc with 11:17 in quarter number three. The Machine found its rhythm as it scored three times in one minute. Cannizzaro got his second of the night at 10:58. The launch got a much needed goal right from the faceoff to make it 10-8 at 10:34. This game has been all about short runs proved with another Launch goal to put Florida within a goal at 10:01 in the third. All tied up, the Florida Launch scored at 7:34. Although the defense and offensive from the Machine have been spectacular, the Launch have held their own getting goals when they needed them most. Tyler Pfister got his first goal of the night with 7:25 remaining in the third. Tom Schreiber with a strike at 6:44 to push Ohio’s lead in the quarter. Florida scored after being on the man up from a Pat Harbeson slash at 1:42. Peter Baum dished an assist to Marcus Holman with 53 seconds left in the Third. The Machine’s main scorers have all handled the ball well tonight. Peter Baum got the Hat-Trick with just 12 seconds left in the Quarter. Baum’s goal was a two-point goal; his third on the year. The Machine lead it 15-11 through three quarters.

Fourth Quarter

Heading into the fourth quarter the stats are almost identical; all besides the scoreboard where the Machine lead 15-11. Schreiber intended to add to that lead by completing his Hat-Trick at 12:46 in the fourth. A goal from Buczek was overturned for too many men on the field. This was costly as Cannizzaro scored another goal at 9:37; the score is 17-11 at this point. Dylan Molloy got another goal for the Launch cutting the lead to just five with 7:22 to go in the game. The Machine controlled the ball at their pace for most of the second half; wasting clock and getting close to a victory in Obetz. Florida held their own as they expired the Machine’s shot clock with just 4:07 left in the game. Coming right out of a timeout, the Launch scored a goal at 3:32 by Connor Buczek. Kyle Bernlohr got a clean save from a Launch two-point attempt. Jake Bernhardt slashed his way through defenders to capture a goal at 2:01. Bernhardt put the game out of reach along with high defensive pressure from McMahon. The Ohio Machine advance to the Major League lacrosse championship game with an 18-13 victory.

Up Next 
The Ohio Machine will play Denver in Dallas on August 19th in the Championship game.