VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Here’s a quick recap of the Seattle Rainmakers’ win over the Vancouver Nighthawks at Thunderbird Stadium.
How it Happened: When they were losing 25-24, the Nighthawks called a timeout so that they could pull from half field. However, Henry Phan and Mark Burton were still able to score and put the Nighthawks at a two-point disadvantage. This seemingly small lead would snowball to a clutch Rainmaker victory.
Turning Point: In the final 20 seconds of the game, Seattle was up by a point. The Rainmakers chose to pull the disk out of bounds, which allowed their defense to set up a double team on the thrower. The mark forced a hospital hammer, which was intercepted by a Seattle defender. Vancouver lost as time ran out on the scoreboard.
What it Means: The Nighthawks now have a 1-2 record against the Rainmakers. The team hopes to tie the series at their final game against Seattle on June 28.
Player of the game: Contributing a total of eight assists, four goals, and one block, Morgan Hibbert kept the Nighthawks going all evening; he barely took breaks in between points and took responsibility for both Vancouver’s defense and offense.
Stat of the Game: 11. The number of goals scored by Mark Burton.
Quotable: “We just couldn’t get that last point, and there were definitely mistakes that we can improve on,” said Nighthawks coach Andrew Lugsdin. “However, I think this game was a huge step in the right direction.”
What’s Next: On Sunday, June 14 at 1:00 p.m., the Nighthawks will play the Dogfish in San Francisco. As for the Rainmakers, they will be traveling to Portland to play the Stags on the same day at 2:00 p.m.