Having lost both of its games last week, the beleaguered Leaf Rakers hoped to salvage some pride in today’s fall HOTT Lax finals at Bagley Field. They did that … and more … upsetting Autumn Rage, 6-3, in the semifinals and coming back from a 3-1 deficit to wing a sudden death overtime heartstopper, 4-3, over the Crunch in the title game to take home the league crown. Aaron Parrish was the hero in the final, finding the twine from 8 yards out with 2:10 left in the first overtime period to give the Rakers the championship. Parrish and teammates Zach Duncan and Xavier Smith controlled the ground ball wars in both games, but it was the
play of unsung heroes Dylan Trask and Justin Prairie that really helped to turn the tide for the Rakers. Trask scored two goals each in the semifinal and final, and controlled the key ground ball and was credited with a Blackhawk assist in the sequence that led to Parrish’s game winner. Prairie had a goal and 3 assists in the final and played tenaciously in the riding game to end up as the top-rated attackman in the league. Congratulations to Coaches Kevin Bugg and Erick “Boogie” Smith and their players on an outstanding run and the first fall HOTT Lax title!
Autumn Rage’s Marshall Lemmond, the 4-year Blackhawk warhorse, edged out a tough field to finish with the highest HOTT Impact Quotient, repeating his accomplishment from last summer’s HOTT Lax.
Congratulations, too, to Coach Justin Smith, who steered the Crunch to an amazing 6-game undefeated streak and almost came away with the title. Coach Smith was selected fall HOTT Lax Coach of the Year.
Final stats and standings are posted at http://triadblackhawks.com/?page_id=951.