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Despite a valiant performance against the first-place Current, the New York Rumble were unable to snap their losing streak in a 21-15 defeat at D.C.
The Rumble (2-7) hung with the Current (8-1) for most of the game, trailing by only two at the end of the third quarter after D.C. took a 12-10 edge into half. When handler Chris Mazur opened the fourth quarter with his team-leading third goal of the game, the Rumble had closed the gap to 16-15 and were within striking distance of a statement road win.
But the Rumble had no answer for Jeff Wodatch.
On the ensuing point, after the Rumble failed to cash in on a game-tying break off of multiple D.C. turnovers, Wodatch found Tom Doi for a key insurance goal with 6:18 left in the contest, putting his side up 17-15.
Wodatch’s game-leading ninth point (5 G, 4 A) seemed to take the wind out of the Rumble’s sails. D.C. promptly broke the Rumble on New York’s subsequent O-point, with d-line handler David Boylan-Kolchin hitting Eddie Peters to extend the lead to 18-15.
By the time Bobby Gordon notched the Current’s second straight break with a spectacular left-handed layout catch, putting his team up by four with just 4:25 left, any remaining drama had quickly evaporated. The Current’s d-line would tack on two more goals to close out the game, handing the Rumble their fifth straight loss.
Despite a seemingly lopsided final score, the Rumble have plenty of positives to take away from a strong performance against the East’s best team. Cutter Markian Kuzmowycz rebounded from a crucial drop in last week’s heartbreaking loss to the Spinners to lead the team in +/- and tie with Mazur for the team lead in points. Cutters Jake Herman, Sean Murray, and Iggy Yz each registered two goals and an assist.
The Rumble will look to end the season on a high note when they host the Whitecaps next Saturday. In the teams’ only prior meeting this season at the Eagle’s Nest, the Rumble earned their first win in franchise history over the Caps in an 18-17 stunner.
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