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Bayhawks slip by Cannons in close 13-12 match


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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Casey Powell scored three goals July 18 against the Boston Cannons.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Casey Powell scored three goals July 18 against the Boston Cannons.

Published on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

The Chesapeake Bayhawks outlasted the Boston Cannons on Thursday in a hard fought 13-12 victory in Annapolis.

“This is a great, great win for the guys,” Chesapeake Bayhawks head coach Dave Cottle said. “This is big because if you get to eight wins, you are probably in Championship Weekend. It also gives us the head-to-head tiebreaker with Boston, which proved crucial at the end.”

Attackman Casey Powell came out of retirement, tallying four points on three goals and earning an assist for the Bayhawks.

In the back-and-forth match, the Bayhawks needed to make a play. Down by one point with the clock ticking, Powell took charge after a timeout. He dove and fired a shot to tie the game at 12.

Boston was led by Paul Rabil, who has scored 29 goals this season. Rabil notched a three-goal performance in the shootout, but it wasn’t enough for the win.

Bayhawks attackman Drew Westervelt caught a timely pass from midfielder Ben Hunt, then shot a laser past Jordan Burke to end the game in the sixth minute of overtime.

The Bayhawks have now won three-straight games — and two consecutive 1-goal victories.

“We had been losing these 1-goal games, and we knew we had to turn that around,” Westervelt said. “I think everyone realizes it’s getting late in the season and it’s time to turn it up a notch. This is definitely a huge win for the team.”

“Boston is a great team, and we had to really battle the whole way,” he added.

“To come out on top in a game like this is a big lift,” he said.

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