Mile High Sports

Road to the Postseason: Denver Outlaws

July 4, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Atlanta Blaze @ Denver Outlaws at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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After getting off to a rocky 1-4 start to the season, the Denver Outlaws skyrocketed themselves to the playoff position with three straight victories. Now, the Outlaws have been able to find some consistency offensively, as well as defensively. In the three wins that followed their 1-3 start, the Outlaws’ offense was lights-out; defense and goaltending locked up most scoring chances by opponents. Within that stretch, the Outlaws offense had outscored opponents by a 50-32 margin.

Along with some fresh faces a large part of the Outlaws’ recent success comes from veterans Eric Law and Matt Kavanagh. Leading the team with 31 points in seven games, Kavanagh has been able to provide a consistent scoring pace for the Outlaws. With 12 points during the Outlaws three-game winning streak, he looks to continue to be a dominating force as the season comes to an end. Similar to Kavanagh, veteran attackman Law put up 27 points through the first eight games. Adding 4th round draft pick Chris Cloutier into the lineup, has helped, too. Cloutier’s eight-point performance in his MLL debut against Charlotte on May 19 provided hope that there’s more firepower to come. Along with Cloutier, the Outlaws acquired attackman Kylor Bellistri in a trade with the Boston Cannons on May 9. With 14 points in four games played with the Outlaws, Bellistri has quickly become another talented attackman for the Outlaws.

The question heading toward July is whether the Outlaws are the team that began 1-3, or the one who’s been red-hot since? The playoffs would seem imminent if they’re the latter. With the Outlaws riding high at the right time, they qualified for the playoffs for their third consecutive season.

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