Saturday, July 26, 2014
Estero, Fla. – The #7 seed Arizona Outcasts – whose lineup included Las Vegas players Chris Francis, Micah Sanford and Nick Robone – blasted to an early lead but lost 4-3 in OT to #2 seed Next Gen in a NARCh Pro playoff game at Germain Arena.
Robone and Francis scored for Arizona. Robone had the first goal of the game, Nex Gen scored on a powerplay to tie it 1-1. Then Francis, with an assist from Sanford, scored to make it 2-1.
“We scored again to make it 3-1 going into the second half of the game,” Chris said.
Next Gen rallied to tie 3-3, then with seconds left in regulation Francis and Sanford rushed down the floor on a 2-on-1 break.
“I took the shot but the puck bounced off the crossbar,” said Chris
Next Gen scored in overtime to win it.
“It was a rough loss, but they were a skilled team and had a great shot on goal at the end to win it,” said Nick.
There were 20 teams in the intial NARCh Pro field here at the NARCh Nationals. This was a Final 8 game.
Notebook — The three Las Vegas players – Micah, Chris and Nick – will head home on Sunday…there is some rink buzz here that some of the Las Vegas players will hook up and skate with the Rink Rats pro roller team next season….Nick Robone said “…I plan to coach UNLV roller again and finish graduate school for athletic administration.”..The L.A. Pama Cyclones were eliminated 4-1 by Vanquish in a Final 8 game…the Final 4 matchups: Next Gen vs Black Ice and Alkali RPD vs Vanquish…..and the #8 seed Black Ice won the gold, beating Vanquish 4-1 late Saturday night.
#7 Seed in Playoffs
4-0 over ISCA Grizzlies
1-4 to Alkali RPD
5-6 to Alkali Assault
3-1 over Detroit Infamous
3-4 OT to #2 seed Next Gen
Las Vegas Scorers
for Arizona Outcasts
4 – Chris Francis 4 goals, 0 assists
4 – Micah Sanford 0/4
2 – Nick Robone 2/0