Cannons Win Big at Denver; Launch Extinguish Blaze

Denver, Colorado (June 17, 2017) The Boston Cannons came away with a huge 16-9 victory over the first place Denver Outlaws.

The Outlaws were severely outplayed by the Cannons throughout the night and the return of Mitch Belisle helped the defense with his veteran presence.

Belisle's return was key for the team and goalie Tyler Fiorito responded well with 20 saves in the game. The nine goals allowed are the fewest the Cannons have given up in a game this season. Fioritio was awarded the Player of the Game for his strong performance.

Second overall pick, Sergio Perkovic, made his season debut for the team and scored the first goal for the Cannons. The goal was his only point on the night but he looked strong in his debut and will continue to acclimate to the professional game in the second half of the season.

Veteran players Will Manny and Davey Emala both had strong showings. Manny finished with three goals and an assist. Emala scored five goals which moves him up to 9th on the Cannons all-time goals scored list with 81.

The biggest performance on the offensive end came from Kylor Bellistri. Bellistri, who had a huge seven-point game earlier in the season against Chesapeake, had cooled off recently but his eight points against the Outlaws was pivotal in the win tonight.

Opposing goalie, Jack Kelly, had a night to forget. Kelly made 17 saves on 33 shots on goal. The Outlaws defense held the Cannons to 13 points in the first meeting this season.

Eric Law had a hat trick for the Denver offense and their first round draft pick, Zach Currier, finished with three points.

The Cannons won both the ground ball and faceoff battles. They will look to continue this strong play into the Thursday night game back home against the Ohio Machine at Harvard Stadium. Face-off is set for 7:30 pm EST.

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BOCA RATON, Fla. After fighting the Atlanta Blaze through three periods, the Florida Launch ultimately extinguished the visitors 19-16 by the hands of veteran Kieran McArdle (7G, 1A).

Struggling to hold off the Blaze from an early lead, the Launch entered the locker room at halftime with a two-point deficit.

Entering the second half with a refocused energy, the Launch tied the game early in the half with goals from Liam Byrnes and McArdle. Holding the Blaze to a single goal late in the third, the Launch began what would be an unstoppable scoring spree that lasted through the fourth period.

Burning through the fourth quarter, the Launch scored four unanswered goals to ultimately beat the Blaze. An imposing defensive presence late in the game stifled the Blaze's offensive efforts, limiting Atlanta to two goals in the fourth quarter. The league leader in saves, Launch goalie Austin Kaut (.529 SV%) continued his standout performance, saving 18 out of 34 shots on goal for his fifth win of the season.

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