Brendan Krebs Goalie Whipsnakes

Whipsnakes clinch playoff spot behind Krebs’ 17 saves

By Adam Lamberti

Aug 14, 2023

The Whipsnakes punched their ticket to the 2023 playoffs after defeating the Chaos 12-10 on Friday night.

Goalie Brendan Krebs was a major reason for the victory, stopping the ball 17 times and holding the high-powered Chaos offense to just 10 goals.

Krebs is now 3-0 after being named the starter following Kyle Bernlohr’s injury in Week 5 and continues to improve each game.

Not only is Krebs finding his groove in the net, but so are the Whipsnakes as a whole.

Zed Williams, Will Manny, and Matt Rambo are playing like one of the top attack units in the league after not playing together a ton early on in the season due to injuries.

The Whipsnakes got timely goals from midfielders Keegan Khan, Brad Smith, and Tucker Dordevic on Friday. 

Head Coach Jim Stagnitta said a few weeks back he wanted more offense out of the rope unit, so he must have been pleased after Roman Puglise tallied his second two-point goal of the season. One of the most exciting things for Whips fans at the moment is seeing Puglise begin to show glimpses of his potential as a transition threat after being a 1st-round pick just a year ago.

The defense in front of Krebs looked organized and playing with some extra fire right now, led by instinctual veteran Matt Dunn.

Anyone who had been following the Whipsnakes closely this season knew that, at the beginning of the season, the Whipsnakes were not at full strength. But maybe that was the best thing for the team, as it allowed young players such as Puglise, Khan, Dordevic, Colin Squires, and Petey LaSalla (who didn’t have his best game at the faceoff stripe, but still battled all evening a chance to grow during that stretch. 

As the Whipsnakes’ veterans began to return to the lineup, everything began to click for the team. The Whipsnakes could very well be the hottest team in the PLL right now, and look to extend their winning streak to four against the top-seeded Archers in Seattle on Friday night on ESPN2.

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