With the return of Outlaws veteran Brendan Mundorf, the Outlaws won their second straight game in 2013, 13-8, on Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. This win brings the Outlaws to 8 straight wins in the regular season, breaking their previously held record of 7.
The Outlaws only trailed once, when the Machine scored on a Chazz Woodson goal 3:12 into the contest, the Outlaws responded with a 5-0 run to stake a 5-1 lead in the first quarter. Goals came from Chris Bocklet, Jeremy Sieverts, Terry Kimener and 2 from Mundorf, who played in his first game since suffering from an ankle injury before Championship Weekend in 2012. Face-off specialist Anthony Kelly started the game 5-of-5 against his former teammates. Kelly was traded to the Outlaws from the Machine in July of 2012.
The Machine answered back with 3 goals in the second quarter, to cut the Outlaws lead to 5-4 at the half. We got sloppy,” Outlaws Head Coach Jim Stagnitta said at halftime. “We had some opportunities, but didn’t finish them. We held on to the ball too long. We have to get the ball out of our sticks. Ohio is doing a really nice job getting out and putting some pressure on us. We just have to put the ball in the cage. We had some opportunities, we just have to take advantage of it.”
The third quarter belonged to the Outlaws as they scored 5 to Ohio’s 1. After goals by Justin Pennington and Justin Turri, Mundorf fed a cutting Bocklet to give him his second goal of the game. After an Ohio goal to cut the Oultaws lead to 8-5, Denver scored two more from Drew Snider and Will Mangan to bring the lead to 10-5 at the end of the third.