RENTON, WA – The Stags (6-1) defeated the Rainmakers (3-3) at Renton Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
How it Happened: While the Rainmakers never led by more than one point at any point in the game they controlled the first half. The Rainmakers looked like they were able to pull away early in the first quarter, but the Stags substituted a d-line in on offense to get back in the game. While Seattle was able to take care of Portland mistakes early on, the Stags were able to rally back and win both the third and fourth quarters despite great defensive play from the Rainmakers, including a Callahan.
Turning Point: The Stags rallied after a Callahan by Clay Dewey-Valentine of the Rainmakers. Seattle was up 13-12, but the Stags responded with two break points to end the third quarter and scored another break to open the fourth, putting Portland up 15-13.
Player of the Game: While there was question of how the Rainmakers offense would run without Mark Burton at the helm, Danny Trytiak was able to lead the Rainmakers on offense, putting in seven points on three assists and four goals.
Stat of the Game: 17 for 17. Steven Rice stayed perfect on the season with another 100 percent completion rate. He was earlier misattributed as having a turnover.
Quotable: “There were a lot of factors that shouldn’t be factors that still are,” said Stags cutter Timmy Perston, who had five goals on the night. “We came to play, but this was a lot of guys’ first time [at Renton Memorial] and everything is different. We played these guys before but we’re completely different people and they’re completely different people too. We came out flat in the first half and it showed, everything just looked real slow.”