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Article by Matthew D. Hunt
The NY Rumble failed to make the playoffs, losing a tough battle to the DC Current 22-20 to finish off the season.
Both teams came into the final game of the season sharing a 3-6 record and second place, which meant that it was win or go home. The Rumble and Current have matched up twice earlier in the season, splitting the season series. The Rumble won the first match-up 17-14 on May 18 and the second match-up was decided in overtime, as the Current defeated the Rumble 19-17 on June 8.
Both teams hoped to have their star player lead them into the playoffs. The Current’s Alan Kolick entered the weekend with 40 points (10 G, 30 A), while the Rumble’s Chris Mazur entered the weekend tied for the league lead in points (23 G, 23 A). However, both players suffered injuries and had to leave the game in the match-up on June 8. With the playoffs on the line, both players battled through their injuries in search of a win.
The Current jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but the Rumble would fight back to tie it up. Down 5-3, the Rumble scored two straight points off of tough assists from Mazur. The teams would continue to trade points into the second quarter. Down 8-7, the Rumble went on to score three straight to take their first lead of the game. New York hoped to use the momentum to increase their lead, but they entered halftime leading 11-10.
Both teams failed to gain separation in the third, as they traded points until ending the quarter tied at 16. The playoff berth came down to the final 10 minutes of the season, theoretically starting out the fourth quarter 0-0. Markian Kuzmowycz scored his fifth goal of the game to give the Rumble a 17-16 lead to start the quarter. The Current answered back to tie it up, but New York would score back-to-back points to gain a 19-17 lead. New York appeared to be closer to making the playoffs, but the Current would not give up.
After battling back to tie it up, Delrico Johnson made an insane catch in the end zone to give the Current the lead. The catch also seemed to light a spark in the team, as they went on to score two more points, making it 22-19. The Rumble’s hopes of keeping the season alive started to fade. With just over a minute left, Mazur ended the Current’s 5-0 run with his ninth assist of the game, making it 22-20. However, time would expire before the Rumble could make a comeback to keep their season alive.
The Current will be facing the undefeated Boston Whitecaps next week, who finished their season with a 10-0 record. The Rumble lost their last three games of the season and finished in third place with a 3-7 record. The season may be over, but the Rumble look to come back even stronger next season.