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Lizards’ Comeback Falls Short in 13-12 Loss to Rochester

HEMPSTEAD, NY – It was an almost comeback for the New York Lizards (3-9) on Saturday night, as the Rochester Rattlers (5-7) topped the Lizards 13-12.

Steve Mock. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Steve Mock. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

New York had spent most of the night playing catch up to Rochester. Before the first five minutes of the game had even been played the Lizards were already down 3-0. They would manage to get within one midway through the first quarter, but Dave Lawson put two shots past Lizards goaltender Drew Adams in the span of less than a minute to put the Rattlers ahead 5-2.

A similar scenario played out in the second quarter. Rob Pannell and David Earl would both score to cut Rochester’s lead to one, but Kyle Denhoff pushed the deficit back to two at 12:10 in the quarter.

Lawson scored his third goal of the game 1:24 out of the halftime break and Denhoff made it 8-4 at 6:33 into the third quarter. Earl lit the lamp less than a minute after and Stephen Mock cut the Rattler lead to 8-6 minutes later. Jordan MacIntosh made it a three-goal game once again at 13:46, but Mock quickly responded, followed by a goal by Tommy Palasek seconds later.

With the Lizards behind by just one goal going into the fourth quarter, Joel White gave the Rattlers a cushion by scoring 24 seconds into the final frame. But Pannell would answer back with a goal of his own moments later. Steve DeNapoll scored for Rochester at 3:07 to make it 11-9.

Again New York rallied back.

CJ Costabile scored 31 seconds later after the DeNapoll goal and Pannell scored the tying goal two minutes after that. Palasek gave the Lizards their first lead of the game at 7:26.

But the joy was short lived. Dave Lawson netted his fifth goal of the game to tie things back up and DeNapoll scored at 10:27 to give the Rattlers a 13-12 lead.

The Lizards tried desperately to tie the game up, but could not find the back of the net. New York has two remaining games left in the 2013 season, one on Sunday, August 4, against the Denver Outlaws and one on Saturday, August 10, against the Ohio Machine.

Check out 1495 Sports TV for the postgame reaction from Head Coach Joe Spallina, Rob Pannell and Steve Mock:


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