6/18/11 9:00 PM
HAMILTON, ONTARIO – Denver (4-1) took the lead early and never took the foot off the pedal, using a 9-0 first-half run to coast to a 15-7 victory over Hamilton (1-3).
Hamilton jumped on the board first with a goal from Cody Jamieson on its initial possession. Denver responded with nine consecutive goals, sparked by a Billy Bitter bouncer.
Max Seibald gave the Outlaws a 2-1 lead, showing his speed as he sprinted past All-MLL Defender Brodie Merrill for his third goal of the season.
Drew Westervelt tallied his league-best fourth man-up goal of the season and then Brendan Mundorf, who earned Bud Light Player of the Game honors, followed with Denver’s first shorthanded goal of the season – and just the third in the MLL this year.
“There are a lot of guys that have been together and we’ve added some new guys who are playing well,” Mundorf said. “Today we started out the game well and it’s always helpful to get the goalie on his heels.”
Brian Langtry added his fourth score of the year to make the score 5-1 after the first quarter.
Bitter and Seibald each notched their second goals of the game to open the second quarter and push the Denver advantage to 7-1. The streak continued as Bitter notched his second career hat trick with a man-up goal at the 5:36 mark. He was assisted on the goal by Mundorf, who would add his second goal of the night just 29 seconds later.
Joe Walters broke Hamilton’s 21:53 scoring drought with a marker at 7:51 of the second quarter to end the Outlaws’ 9-0 run.
Mundorf, who set a franchise record with 10 points (6 G, 4 A) vs. Hamilton in the season opener on May 14, registered his second hat trick of the season off Westervelt’s second assist of the game to make the score 10-2. He finished with eight points (4 G, 4 A) which tied for the second most in his career and third most in franchise history.
Brett Bucktooth cut the margin to seven off an assist from Walters, but Nate Watkins found the net for the first goal of the season to give the Outlaws an 11-3 lead at the break.
Denver recorded assists on 9-of-11 first-half goals and the three goals by Hamilton tied for the fourth fewest allowed for a half in team annals.
Bill McGlone registered his fourth goal of the season to start the second half before Hamilton scored back-to-back goals to cut its deficit to 12-5.
The Outlaws responded with consecutive goals of their own to push the lead to 14-5. Mundorf saw his shot deflected off Westervelt and into the net and then Peet Poillon netted his first of the game and 11th of the season to end the third quarter with Denver in front 14-5.
Adam Ghitelman made his MLL debut in goal, replacing Jesse Schwartzman in the fourth quarter after Schwartzman saved 9-of-14 shots he faced (.643 pct.).
Mundorf added his fourth goal of the game, which marked his 13th career four-goal output, to put the Outlaws ahead by double digits.
David Earl capped off the game’s scoring with a 2-pointer to bring the final margin to 15-7.
“We played well for four quarters and that’s what we preached at halftime,” said Head Coach Tom Slate. “We said treat it like the score was 0-0 and play like you did in the first half and good things will happen – which they did.”
The Outlaws return to action at home vs. Long Island at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Fans have the opportunity for a private meet-and-greet with Denver Broncos legend Terrell Davis, who will be on hand to autograph bottles of his award-winning barbeque sauce and shoot the game’s ceremonial first shot. For more information on how fans can meet Terrell Davis, visit www.denveroutlaws.com/tdbbq.
The team will also celebrate its first-annual Motorsports Day with an auto show, live music and many other activities from 12-6 p.m. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation (CASF). For details about Mortorsports Day and CASF, visit www.denveroutlaws.com/motorsportsday.