The Week that Was 2/26: MLIS Heats Up

Cleveland Beats the Bucks:

The Cleveland Crunch defeated the Colorado Bucks 18-6 March 2. The win caused the Crunch to jump to first place in the MLIS league standings. The game began with an early lead for Cleveland, with Parker Csiszar and Mikey Derezic scoring within the first three minutes. Despite Colorado's Miguel Avilas narrowing the gap, Cleveland finished the period with a 3-2 lead. The second quarter saw goals from Cleveland’s Kevin Blackwood, who scored a hat-trick, and Admir Suljevic, resulting in an 8-2 lead at halftime. The final period saw Cleveland maintain their momentum, with goals from various players, including Minick, Suljevic, Ma'Cain Spragling, Dave Jordan and rookie Pedro Bertony Tzul. Despite a couple of late goals from the Colorado Bucks, including goals from Avilas, Taz Badawi and Ben Gaido, the game concluded with an 18-6 win for Cleveland. 

Rapid City Falls Short to Chicago in Overtime:

Rapid City FC and Grand Rapids clashed in a game that ended with a 6-5 victory for the Chicago Mustangs in overtime March 2. The first period saw a series of goals, with Chris Mendez and Chris Shau giving Rapid City FC an early 2-0 lead. Luis Batalla of the Chicago Mustangs scored, putting the score at 2-1. Eoin Broughan for Rapid City and Gabriel Uno for Chicago added goals for both teams, resulting in a 3-2 score by the end of the first.

The second period continued the intense competition, featuring a power-play goal by Dario Gamboa for the Chicago Mustangs and a shootout goal by Aaron Gamez for Rapid City FC, leaving the score at 4-3 in favor of Rapid City. In the third period, Adam Przytula's goal equalized the score at 4-4, leading to a nail-biting fourth period where Chris Mendez and Uno exchanged shootout and penalty-kick goals, ending the game in a 5-5 tie. Overtime brought a quick victory for the Chicago Mustangs, with Gamboa scoring the decisive goal just 29 seconds into the extra period.

The match was marked by a flurry of penalties, including blue and yellow cards for various infractions. Notable incidents included, tripping, interference with a shootout, and severe unsportsmanlike conduct. The game concluded with multiple red cards for players from both teams.