By Paul Ryan | 4/27/14 5:00 PM
It was the ‘Kevin Buchanan Show’ as the veteran scored seven goals to lead the Boston Cannons to a 15-9 win over the defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks.
The Cannons kept the high-powered Bayhawks offense at bay early, shutting them out in the first quarter. After a scoreless first nine minutes, Buchanan opened the scoring on the powerplay with an unassisted tally. Soon after, newcomer Stephen Berger notched his first of the game, putting the Cannons up 2-0 after one.
The two teams then brought their offensive weapons out in the second. Buchanan scored on the powerplay once again. Goaltender Kip Turner was injured on the play and left the game with an undisclosed injury. Tyler Fiorito ended up filling in for Turner and allowed six goals on seven shots in the second. The Bayhawks got four of their own, with two of the stick of offseason acquisition Brendan Mundorf. However, it was the Cannons taking a 9-4 lead into halftime.
Ben Hunt started off the scoring in the third quarter for the Bayhawks, but it was all they would get, as Jordan Burke made five saves and shut them out for the rest of the quarter. Paul Rabil, Will Manny and Buchanan each had one goal for the Cannons as they continued to control the pace of the game.
In the fourth, the Cannons scored twice more to give them a five-goal run. Boston had its 14-5 led cut to 14-9 thanks to four different scorers from Chesapeake, but it was too little, too late, as the Cannons scored once more and notched their first win of the season.
Both Manny and Rabil earned five points for the Cannons, with the former getting three goals and two assists and the latter getting two goals and three assists. Brendan Mundorf led the Bayhawks attack with six points on three goals and three assists.
Burke finished off the game with 15 saves for the Cannons, while both Turner and Fiorito combined for 11 for the Bayhawks. Meanwhile, Chesapeake won the battle at the faceoff ‘x,’ with three different players combining to go 15-for-28 on draws.
The Cannons will hit the road next game, when they travel to Rochester to take on the Rattlers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3 and other regional networks. The Bayhawks will look to avenge this loss when they host the New York Lizards on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. That game will be on ESPN3 and several regional networks.
-Paul Rabil now has 17 points (9 G, 8 A) in the Cannons last three season openers
-Boston was the first home team to win this season, as both Florida and Charlotte lost last night
-The loss snaps the Bayhawks four-game winning streak on opening day
-Boston now holds a 15-12 series lead all-time against their rival
-Brian Spallina added to his all-time penalty minute lead with two infractions on Sunday. He now has 153 penalty minutes in his career
-Kevin Buchanan now leads the league with seven goals