Rochester, NY – The Rochester Lancers (10-13) clinched a playoff spot with a 20-17 overtime win over the Wichita Wings (7-13) in front of 6,720 fans. The Lancers were led offensively by Mauricio Salles who had a franchise record 10 point game (1 3-point goal 3 2-point goals 1 assist), including the overtime game-winning 3-point goal. Carlos “Chile” Farias added six points (1 3-point goal 1 2-point goal 1 assist) and Gary Boughton contributed five points (1 2-point goal 3 assists). Patrick Hannigan made 9 saves and had an assist in goal for the Lancers. The Lancers will face the Baltimore Blast in the MISL Eastern Division Finals. The first game of the series will be in Baltimore at 7:35pm on Saturday, March 10th. The Lancers will host the second leg at 7pm on Monday, March 12th. If the series is even at 1-1 after the two games, a 15-minute mini-game will be played at the conclusion of Game 2 in Rochester.
Just under three minutes in, Mauricio Salles would open the scoring when he turned on a Wings defender and scored from a tight angle. Almost five minutes later, Wichita would take their first lead of the game when Kevin Ten Eyck pounced on a Lancers turnover and scored from beyond the 3-point arc. A little over a minute later, Jamie Harding would find Ten Eyck for his second goal of the game, this time from 2-point range to give Wichita a 5-2 lead after the first-quarter.
Under three minutes into the second-quarter, Lancers goalkeeper played the long ball to Salles who used the boards and then scored his second of the game. With under four minutes to go in the half, Angel Rivillo would set up Ten Eyck for his second 3-point goal and his third goal overall. The Lancers would answer back a little over a minute later when Jeremy Ortiz set up Lubo Kocic to pull the Lancers to within two points. A little over a minute after the Lubo goal, Gary Boughton would unselfishly set up Carlos “Chile” Farias for the goal that would pull the Lancers even with the Wings as they went to the half with the score at 8-8.A little over six minutes into the third-quarter, Salles would play a give and go with Lubo and then finish for the hat trick to give the Lancers the lead. Wichita would answer back just 28 seconds later when Victor Quiroz set up Bryan Perez for the goal that pulled the
Wings even with the Lancers once again. Three minutes later, Quiroz would set up Ten Eyke for his fourth goal of the game to put the Wings back into the lead. Seventeen seconds later, Salles would find Boughton in the Wings penalty area and Boughton would head home his own rebound to level the game at 12-12. Twenty-three seconds after that, the Lancers would retake the lead when Boughton found Chile and he ripped a goal from beyond the 3-point arc. With under a minute left in the third-quarter, Quiroz found Perez who scored from 3-point range to tie the game at 15-15 after three quarters of play.
The Lancers would push back ahead just under seven minutes into the final quarter when John Ball scored his first goal as a Lancer on another great assist by Boughton. The Wings would tie the game up with under a minute left and Quiroz wearing the sixth attacker jersey as Jamar Beasley found Chris Lemons who scored his first of the game to send it to overtime.
Just under six minutes into overtime, Chile would set up Salles for the game-winning 3-point powerplay goal to make the final score 20-17.
The Lancers close out the regular season at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 26th as they host the Wichita Wings. Individual game tickets are still available and start at $10 for adults, and children age 12 and under receive free entry for every regular season home game. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Blue Cross Arena box office, at most area Ticketmaster locations including the House of Guitars, the Auditorium Theatre and many Walmart stores, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000 to charge by phone. Discounted ticket vouchers are available at all area Wegmans locations. Active military members receive a free ticket compliments of SmugtownBeacon.com (Gameday only with valid military ID).