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Seattle continued its winning streak with a 26-18 road victory over the Nighthawks in Vancouver.
On a mild and sunny afternoon, the Rainmakers received to start the game and connected quickly as Danny Trytiak hit Brad Houser to put the Rainmakers up 1-0. The staunch D-line of Seattle then forced a turn and scored a break to go up 2-0. The Nighthawks then answered with a goal of their own as Morgan Hibbert found Brendan Wong for the goal 2-1, Rainmakers.
The first quarter showcased more of the impressive D-line that Seattle has been building. They capitalized on breaks twice more to bring the quarter to a close 7-4.
In the second quarter, the Rainmakers continued to put pressure on the Nighthawks and capitalize on their errors. The O-line, anchored by Gavin McKibben (2 assists, 3 goals) and Khalif El-Salaam (3 assists, 4 goals) were very patient in taking what Vancouver would give. The D-line spread the wealth with 11 players scoring over the course of the game, and five players had two or more assists. At halftime, the Rainmakers led 16-8.
“I was super excited with how we played today,” said El-Salaam. “We were talking before the game and came to the conclusion that the offense did a great job against San Fran at home, and the D-line did great away against San Fran. If we get both to click, we will dominate and that is exactly what we did.”
The O-line in the third quarter kept its composure, scoring right out of the gate with Mark Burton finding El-Salaam to put the Rainmakers up 17-8. The Nighthawks offense would begin to settle down and the two teams would essentially trade out points for the quarter.
The Nighthawks came out with a quick score to start the fourth, but the Rainmakers answered with a score and two breaks by the D-line. The game was all but over with five minutes left, but the Nighthawks made a late push to try to close the gap. It proved to be too little, too late and the Rainmakers came away with the victory, 26-18.
“We were just the better team today. We had people celebrating with towels all game,” said El-Salaam.
“The towel squad on the sideline was inspiring,” added Neeley. “Any time something happened on the field the towel squad went crazy.”
The Rainmakers return home next week to Renton Memorial Stadium to take on the undefeated Portland Stags. Get your tickets here.