Sunday’s Archers vs. Chrome matchup was a game between two teams fighting for their postseason lives - neither team could afford another loss. The Archers were looking to pick back up their momentum, after coming out hot at the start of the season, but faltered to four-straight loses. Heading into Sunday, Chrome somehow had a positive goal differential despite being 1-5.
The game got off to a frantic start as Chrome sensation, Connor “The Milkman” Farrell won the opening faceoff and scored unassisted after taking over faceoff duties for the entire matchup. The two teams would continue to exchange goals as Jordan Wolf and Justin Guterding added to the scoreboard for Chrome while Christian Cuccinello and Dan Eipp helped out the Archers. Despite the fast start, the first half wound up being a nervy affair between the two teams with stout defensive play making up most of the talking points.
Desperately looking to snap their winless skid, the Archers turned to two All-Stars; Marcus Holman and Tom Schreiber. Holman finished the day with two 2-point bombs while Schreiber had two goals of his own. On the other side, Chrome’s offense was stifled throughout much of the first half and the day as a whole.
Defenses continued to dominate in the third quarter with both teams only scoring one goal each. With the game tied up late in the fourth quarter, the Archers offense finally sprung to life - just at the right time. Back-to-back goals from Cuccinello and Schreiber propelled Head Coach Chris Bates’ team to a desperately-needed victory.
The 9-7 victory put the Archers back in the race for a postseason spot at 3-4. The Chrome will once again be cursing their fortune as they lost another close game in the fourth quarter. Coach Dom Starsia’s team now falls to 1-6.
The Archers will face Atlas on August 11 in San Jose at 4:30 pm PT while the Chrome take on the Whipsnakes August 10 at 4:00 pm PT.