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Whipsnakes rout Chaos, 13-7, in 2020 Championship rematch

By Joe Keegan | Jun 5, 2021

Less than 24 hours after receiving their rings, the Whipsnakes started their quest for another. John Haus stuck the first goal 22 seconds into the contest – and the reigning champs never surrendered their lead.

The lead grew as large as 12-1 at one point after a Michael Ehrhardt (1T, 1A) and Matt Dunn give-and-go, transition two-pointer. The Whipsnakes are known more for their ability to stop opponent's transition attempts than for starting their own, but Ehrhardt's ability to stay and play throughout the 52-second clock impacts every single game.

"He's the best offensive longpole that maybe has ever played the game," said head coach Jim Stagnitta. "What makes Michael the best offensive longpole in the league is that he's probably the best defensive longpole. He's the total package. He can play defense. He can put the ball on the ground. He can play wings on faceoffs. His stick is terrific. He plays great team defense."

Led by Zed Williams (4G), Mike Chanenchuk (1G, 2A) and Joe Nardella (16-for-22, 72.7 FO%), the Whipsnakes dominated through three quarters. Goalie Kyle Bernlohr recorded his 600th career save.

Chaos will look to collect its first win on Friday night against the Waterdogs in Atlanta.

The Whipsnakes will take the field against Cannons LC on Saturday at noon ET on NBC.

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