The Machine suffered a hard 19-5 loss against the undefeated Denver Outlaws as the team struggled to find scoring opportunities and cover the Denver offense.
Denver exploded in the first quarter firing four shots in a row to stump the Machine defense and challenge Brian Phipps between the pipes. With an early Denver lead, the Machine had to break the scoring streak and stop its opponent’s momentum. Logan Schuss scored the first goal for the Machine to shorten the Outlaw’s lead halfway through the quarter. Drew Snider added on one more goal for Denver with four minutes remaining in the first quarter to end with a 5-1 lead.
Joe Cummings attempted to set the stage for the Machine at the start of the second quarter with a goal straight out of the face-off to make it 5-2. The Machine struggled to find the energy both on offense and defense giving the Outlaws the opportunity to go on a 7-0 scoring streak. Denver dominated the Machine’s half of the field for the majority of the quarter and took advantage of the defense’s turnovers and minor errors.
Joe Resetarits scored his first goal of the season with seconds remaining in the half to break another Denver scoring streak. The Machine walked into halftime trailing 12-3 with hopes of coming back stronger in the second half.
Justin Turri opened up the half with a two-point goal to add to the Denver scoreboard. Eric Law and Chris Bocklet helped to push Denver’s lead up 16-3 with two goals halfway through the quarter. The Machine was able to hold the Outlaws to only three goals in the third quarter, but was unable to score themselves. The Machine headed into the final 15 minutes trailing 16-3.
The fourth quarter started with a behind-the-back goal from Connor Martin and another goal from Joe Resetarits for the Fireball Whiskey Shots of the Game. Denver responded with three more goals and led 19-5 with five minutes to play in the game. Neither team could score during the final minutes giving Denver the 19-5 victory to continue its undefeated season.
The Machine is back at home this week on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Selby Stadium against the Boston Cannons for “SchoLAXstic Education Night.” There will be $5 Kids Meal Deals and special activities from COSI and Brine! Purchase your tickets today!