The Atlanta Hustle defeated the Tampa Bay Cannons 23-14 on Saturday, successfully getting revenge on a team that opened the season with two-straight home wins against Atlanta. The Cannons were without 2019 All-Star selection Andrew Roney for the first time this season, and his absence was certainly felt; with just 14 points, Cannons produced their lowest scoring output of the season. Roney has 30 assists on the season, and he has accounted for 36.1 percent of all Cannons scores (goals plus assists) in the games he has played.
The Hustle have now won three of their last four games, and they have brought their record to a respectable 3-5 after dropping their first four games to start the season. Four-year Hustle veteran Daniel Sperling had seven assists against the Cannons and finished with a game-high +9 plus/minus. Sperling made his 2019 debut in Week 7 against the Flyers, and he now has nine assists and three goals in his first two games. 2019 All-Star selection Matt Smith added three goals and two assists against the Cannons, bringing his plus/minus to +37 on the year, tied for fourth highest in the league.