Away games are not the easiest to play in, but for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, they left Florida-Atlantic University Stadium on Saturday with a win.
The Florida Launch struck first, 5:44 into the game, then 90 seconds later, Bayhawks Jake Froccaro found Colin Heacock on a powerplay. The Launch would put one past goalie Brian Phipps just one more time in the first quarter. 2-1, Launch.
After half-time, the Bayhawks went back to business. Phipps allowed three goals on six shots, and the offense squad scored six goals on 11 shots. The contributors were Lewnes (John Maloney assist), Abbott (unassisted), Matt Rees (Stephen Kelly assist), Ryan Tucker on a powerplay with the help from Aponte, Rees (Isaiah Davis-Allen assist), and to round it out, Heacock added his second goal of the game (unassisted).
The fourth quarter, the Launch outscored the Bayhawks, 5-4, but it was not enough for them to get past the Hawks. Each team had a goal on a powerplay, and had various scorers. For Chesapeake, Abbott found Joe Seider, Tucker on the unassisted powerplay, CJ Costabile (IDA assist), and last but not least Aponte to Maloney for the final goal of the game.
Five different Bayhawks were awarded pentalites, for a total time of three minutes, while Florida had four different (one twice) offenders, for a total time of 4:30 in the “box”.
Goalie Phipps faced 23 shots on goals, with 13 saves. Bayhawks dominated faceoffs; 20 of 26. The Bayhawks had three goals on five powerplay opportunities, while Florida was one for five.
The Bayhawks next game is May 3, at the Charlotte Hounds in North Carolina.