The Whipsnakes go on a late run to beat Atlas 15-10 in front of a sold out crowd at Homewood Field.
Atlas looked to be in control most of the game, but the Whipsnakes switched to another gear in the fourth quarter. The late offensive onslaught keeps the Whipsnakes undefeated on the season.
Atlas squandered an early stellar performance from their defense, face off man Trevor Baptiste, and goalie Jack Concannon in the first half. They held the Whipsnakes to a season-low in goals through two quarters. Trevor Baptiste was 80% on the draw and Concannon had nine saves, yet Atlas held only a one-point lead at the half.
After a 13-minute scoring drought, Matt Rambo put the Whipsnakes back on the board to cut the Atlas lead to one. Jeremy Sieverts, Maryland alum, scored in his PLL debut to tie the game 6-6 with 1:08 in the third. Vintage Paul Rabil showed up and gave Atlas the lead with his right to left split dodge on the run shot, his first multi-goal game of the season.
They were 13 combined goals in the fourth quarter, most of them coming from Whipsnakes. Matt Rambo tied the game early in the fourth at 7-7 for his first hat trick of the season. Baptiste followed that up with a face off win and his first goal in the PLL, a surprising two-pointer.
It was all Whipsnakes for the last nine minutes of the game, going on a 6-0 run to put this one out of hand. The run started by Mr. Fourth Quarter himself, Ryan Drenner. His teammate, Michael Ehrhardt joined the scoring party and netted his first two-pointer of the season to put the Whipsnakes up 12-9.
Scott Rodgers checked in for Atlas for the first time this season with six minutes left in the fourth. He stood on his head in the late quarter power play before giving up a two-pointer from Mike Chanenchuk, his second of the year. The nine-goal fourth quarter sealed the victory for the Whipsnakes.
Atlas drop to 1-3 on the season on their “home turf”. They will look to bounce back against Archers next week in Atlanta. Whipsnakes are sitting pretty at the top of the standings and remain the only unbeaten team (4-0) in the league through four weeks.