Ryan Boyle's Eight Points Help Cannons Outgun the Bayhawks

It was back-and-forth in the second quarter with the score tied at four, five, six and seven. Grant scored back-to-back unassisted goals to give the Bayhawks some breathing room and they took a 9-8 lead into halftime.

Boston took control by outscoring Chesapeake 4-1 in the third period as Buchanan fired in two power-play goals and Sussman tallied twice off feeds from Boyle. Attackman Ben Rubeor snapped a Bayhawks scoreless streak of more than 15 minutes with a goal with 32 seconds left that cut the deficit to 12-10 going into the final frame.

Penalties would prove the Bayhawks' downfall as they committed 11 for the game and six in the fourth quarter alone. Rubeor was whistled for being off-sides and slashing on the same play, giving Boston a power play opportunity early in the fourth period. Rabil proceeded to deliver a dagger by rocketing in a cannon crank shot past Turner for a 2-point goal that stretched the lead to 14-10.

"We fouled too much. We took fouls on the offensive end and you just can't do that," Cottle said. "We put our defense in bad position by forcing them to play man down too much."

Boston led by as much as 16-11 when Chesapeake mounted a mini comeback. Versatile midfielder Matt Abbott scored directly off a faceoff then made a spectacular catch off a tough inside pass from Grant and converted from the crease to get the visitors within three, but Boston was able to salt away the remaining clock.

There was an intense battle at the faceoff stripe with Chris Eck narrowly getting the better of Adam Rand by winning 19 of 31 draws. Mike Stone had two goals and an assist while fellow midfielder Pat Heim had a goal and two assists for Boston, which had lost five of eight after starting the season 4-0.

The Bayhawks return home on Saturday, August 4th to battle their long time rivals the Long Island Lizards.

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2012-07-28



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