The undefeated Denver Outlaws will travel to Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, to face the Hamilton Nationals (9-4) and finish out the 2013 season.
This will be the eleventh all-time regular season meeting between the Nationals and Outlaws, with Denver winning all but one match. These teams last met in June in the battle of the undefeated teams. Denver dismantled Hamilton with a 22-9 victory led by Brendan Mundorf’s seven-point game and Eric Law’s introduction to the League with four goals on four shots.
The Outlaws will attempt a perfect regular season, a feat that has never been done by an MLL team. Although Denver has preserved its record up to this point, for the second week in a row Denver used the fourth quarter to earn the victory. The Outlaws have outscored opponents 8-3 in the fourth quarter in the past two weeks, each time entering the final frame tied.
Additionally, in recent weeks Denver’s midfield has stepped up as the main scoring option. Jeremy Sieverts has had seven goals in the past two games, Terry Kimener had a four-point game against New York and Drew Snider had a four-point game against Chesapeake. The Outlaws’ attack unit was held pointless in week 12 against Chesapeake.
Hamilton enters the weekend after dropping a game 14-11 to Charlotte. Despite three two-point goals from the Nationals and a five-point game from Kevin Crowley, the Hounds earned the victory and their place in Championship Weekend.
Denver and Hamilton each boast some of the best offensive players in the League. Denver’s Chris Bocklet leads the League in goals (38) and points (50). Crowley sits in second for both of those categories with 35 goals and 49 points. The Nationals’ Joe Walters is first in the League with 24 assists, and his teammate Kevin Cunningham is second in assists with 22.