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Article by Jonah Sprung

Just a few weeks ago, the Rumble were winless and the Spinners had a solid hold on second place in the division. But the tables have turned, and tomorrow the Rumble can eliminate Philadelphia from playoff contention with a win.

That win would put the Rumble on great footing going forward. With a victory over Philly, they’ll only need to beat DC in their next matchup in order to secure a playoff berth. Even with a loss to DC, they’d still have a good shot at the spot.

However, it won’t come easy. The Rumble dropped their first game against Philadelphia early in the season in a close contest, losing 17-­19. Since then, the Rumble have been playing like a new team with consecutive wins over the Spinners and the Current, before having their streak snapped last week against Boston. In their last meeting against Philadelphia, the Rumble came away with a thrilling double-overtime victory on the Spinners’ home turf. With all that’s on the line, you can expect this game to be just as intense.

New York’s going to need to clamp down on defense if they want to take this one. Matt Glazer and Trey Katzenbach burned the Rumble for a combined six goals in their last meeting, so expect the Rumble to concentrate their defensive efforts on those two threats. Jonathon Cox has had a huge role in the Rumble’s two wins so far, coming up with some game changing D’s, so he will likely take key match-ups. If Joe Anderson and company can help him out down field, the Rumble should be able to ride their solid offense­­, quarterbacked by Chris Mazur, ­­to a big victory. If the Spinners offense gets going on their home field in Plymouth Meeting, PA though, this one could be another nail biter.

Either way, it ought to be be a show.

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