By Steve Coulter | 7/30/11 9:00 PM
DENVER -- The Boston Cannons defeated the Denver Outlaws 10-9 in a back-and-forth match Saturday night in front of a crowd of 7,804 at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
Despite a two-goal fourth quarter lead, the Outlaws were unable to snap their losing streak, which was extended to a franchise-record four games. It marks the second time this month that Boston was able to beat Denver, clinching the season series against the Outlaws and a playoff berth.
With the loss, the Outlaws fall to 5-5 on the season and descend to a tie for third place with the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the league standings.
Entering the fourth quarter, Denver held a thin one-goal advantage. Drew Westervelt completed his hat trick early in the quarter, whipping it past Boston goalie Jordan Burke to put the Outlaws up 8-6 with under 14 minutes to play.
Brad Ross scored a power play, two-point goal later in the quarter to tie the contest at eight. It was Boston’s second power play goal of the contest.
Brendan Mundorf completed his own hat trick with 3:59 to play, giving the Outlaws a 9-8 lead.
Boston scored back-to-back goals within the next three minutes as Max Quinzani and Kevin Buchanan each scored past Outlaws goalie Jessie Schwartzman.
The Outlaws regained possession with 54 seconds in regulation, but lost possession 17 seconds later and Boston was able to run out most of the remaining time.
A penalty was called with four seconds left on the clock, but the Outlaws were unable to convert off of the quick shot situation as the clock expired.
In the third quarter, Boston jumped ahead early behinds goals from MLL-leading scorer Paul Rabil and Pat Heim, but the Outlaws erased the deficit once again when Mundorf and Billy Bitter each scored to put Denver up 5-4.
Westervelt gave the Outlaws a two-goal lead, their largest of the game, when he scored off of an assist from Terry Kimener midway through the quarter.
Rabil recorded his second unassisted goal of the quarter less than three minutes later, slipping the ball past Schwartzman to make the contest 6-5 with under five to play.
Exactly a minute later, Bitter fed Peet Poillon for an easy goal as the Outlaws went up 7-5.