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The Ohio Machine (2-11)
Boston Cannons (8-5)
The Ohio Machine welcomes the Boston Cannons to Ohio on “Fan Appreciation Night” for its last game of its inaugural season and a rematch that could result in eliminating defending champion Boston from playoff contention.
Fan Appreciation Night Festivities
Machine Team Poster- Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the first 5,000 fans will receive a free 2012 Ohio Machine team poster.
Raffle Drawing for Fantastic Prizes - Every fan walking through the gate will receive a free raffle ticket and will be entered to win dozens of fantastic prizes to be given out throughout the night, including a Holiday Inn COSI Family Package, a one-year membership to Black Wing Shooting Center, a pair of tickets to an OSU football game courtesy of the Wexner Medical Center and lots of awesome autographed Machine gear! Fans will also be able to purchase additional raffle tickets, which will be available to purchase for $1 a piece with all proceeds benefiting “Lacrosse the Nations.”
End of Season Player Awards– Make sure you stay after the game to cheer on your Machine players during the presentation of the end of the season awards, including 2012 Ohio Machine Most Valuable Player and Unsung Hero.
“Jersey Off Our Backs” - At the end of the night, the Machine will invite 19 randomly selected fans to receive a player’s game-worn jersey.
Fireworks Presented by Bud Light- Immediately following the “Jersey Off Our Backs” presentation will be a post-game fireworks display presented by Bud Light
Food Specials- This nationally televised game will also feature several fantastic food specials as part of “Fan Appreciation Night.” Meal Deals - consisting of a hot dog, a soda and popcorn – for just five bucks each, as well as $1 Bratwursts all night long!
Last Time Out
Last Saturday the Cannons and the Machine met for the first time and Ohio jumped out to an early three goal lead on goals from attackman Jim Connolly, midfielder Connor Martin and defenseman Greg Bice.
The Cannons responded with three goals of their own but Machine rookie attackman Joe Cummings scored his first goal of the game to give Ohio the lead heading into the second quarter. Midfielder Connor Martin scored the first goal in the second quarter to increase Ohio’s lead to two, 6-4. The Cannons scored six of the next seven goals to make it 12-7. Ohio attackman Chazz Woodson scored a goal at the end of the second quarter and Connolly scored two to open up the second half to cut the Cannons lead down to two. The Cannons then went on a commanding five goal run to take a 17-10 lead. Cummings ended the run with his second goal of the game but the Cannons held the Machine scoreless until defenseman Max Schmidt scored the first two-point goal of his career at the end of regulation.
#1 (A) Chazz Woodson- Woodson is currently the only Machine player to have recorded a point in every game this season. Woodson has had seven multi-goal games this year and only one game with fewer than two points.
#6 (D) Brett Hughes- Hughes will be playing in his final MLL game on Saturday against the Cannons. Hughes has been playing in the league for six seasons and has played for New Jersey, Los Angeles and Denver before joining the Machine.
#8 (D) Max Schmidt- Schmidt scored his first two-point goal of his career last Saturday, when he launched an across-the-field shot at the end of regulation. With that goal, Schmidt became the fourth Machine defenseman to score a goal this season.
#30 (G) Brian Phipps– In his five starts, Phipps has averaged 14.36 saves per 60 minutes of action. That ranks Phipps second in the league behind the Hound’s Adam Ghitelman. In his last three games, Phipps has average 18 saves per game including a career high 19 saves against the Boston Cannons.
#66 (A) Steele Stanwick– Stanwick is two assists away from passing attackman Mike Leveille for second most assists in a season by a rookie. Stanwick’s 17 assists currently ranks him behind Leveille and Ryan Boyle who had 28 assists in 2004. Stanwick is also looking to become the fifth rookie with 11 or more assists to win the MLL Rookie of the Year award.
#81 (D) Kyle Hartzell– Hartzell had his first assist of the season last Saturday against the Boston Cannons and now has 19 points on the year. Hartzell is now one point away from tying defenseman Brodie Merrill for most points in a season by a defenseman.
#1 Draft Pick- For the first time in team history, the Ohio Machine will have the #1 pick in the collegiate draft. Last weekend the team clinched the first pick in the 2013 MLL Draft. The draft will take place on January 11, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA.
Expansion Team Milestones– The Ohio Machine currently have 14 two-point goals which gives them the second highest total by an expansion team in league history. The team also has the third highest shooting percentage by an expansion team with .284%.
Overall of the 2012 Season: “It’s always a learning curve during the first season and being an expansion team. We played a lot of rookies as well as veterans to see who works best together and works well under competitive situations. This team has a lot of character and a lot of perseverance who has never given up – not even once this season. They support each other on and off the field and are in this together. I believe we have a great shot at making the playoffs next season with how we’ve come together this season.”
Back to Back against Boston: “We are going to have to face a fierce group with Burke, Rabil, Eck and Poskay again but we did hold our own against them last weekend. We just let it slip away in the end. We’re looking forward to taking them on again and especially in front of our fans at home for our last game of the season.”
Kyle Hartzell: “He definitely has a lot of energy and is an unbelievable athlete. He has been a winner where ever he has been on the field and has been a role model in the locker room for the younger guys. I couldn’t ask for more from him.”
With last week’s win over the Machine, the Cannons are now 8-5 on the season. The Cannons can clinch a playoff spot this weekend with a win. The Cannons can also clinch a playoff spot with a loss and a Rochester loss or a loss and a Long Island win.
Along with being in the hunt for a playoff spot, several Cannons players are in the hunt for historic seasons. Midfielder Paul Rabil has 68 points on the season and is currently three points away from tying attackman John Grant Jr’s record for points in a season. Attackman Matt Poskay currently leads the league in goals with 35 and is looking to bring home the 2012 MLL top scoring title for the third time in his career. Poskay now has 205 goals in his career and is the seventh player in history to achieve over 200 goals in their career. Attackman Ryan Boyle has also completed a historic season, recording 17 goals and 35 assists. Boyle is now six assists away from tying former Cannon Connor Gill for most assists in a career with 211. Boyle has had six assists in a game twice this year.