Another crazy week in the NLL is in the books. This week we saw some great action as always with a lot of closer games that could have gone either way, especially late in the game. We also had some great goalie performances and a very disturbing incident happened in Philadelphia.
Georgia Swarm 13, Philadelphia Wings 11
The Georgia Swarm stay unbeaten as they took down the Philadelphia wings on the road 13-11 Saturday night. Philadelphia would get off to a hot start with Josh Currier and Blaze Riorden making it a 2-0 game early on. The turning point was Georgia’s eight goal run that lasted from the 2:27 mark in the first to the 3:14 mark in the second. After a little bit of a comeback the third period started with Georgia leading 9-5. Philadelphia was able to comeback a little in the third after a few Georgia penalties. Early in the fourth Philadelphia made it a one goal 10-11 game. Holden Cattoni and Randy Staats would both get goals late in the game to help Georgia hold on for the win.
Lyle Thompson (3G/3A) led Georgia on the offensive end of the floor while Jason Noble (3CT/2LB) led Georgia on the defensive end of the floor. For Philadelphia they were led on offense by Blaze Riorden (3G/3A) and by Vaughn Harris (7LB/2CT) on defense.
In net for Georgia Mike Poulin made 49 saves off of 60 shots on goal. For Philadelphia Davide Diruscio had 11 saves off of 17 shots on goal while playing 16:10 minutes. Doug Buchan played 43:15 minutes and had 29 saves off of 36 shots on goal.
The great play on the floor was sadly overshadowed by racist comments made by the Philadelphia Wing’s in arena announcer Shawny Hill. Those comments were made over the PA and directed towards Georgia’s Lyle Thompson.
I know Philly takes pride in their ruthless fans but I didn’t know it was like that lol…. now I know.. just haven’t heard stuff like this since HS https://t.co/efODXZScRb
— LYLE THOMPSON (@lyle4thompson) January 13, 2019
NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz did reply to my tweet about the incident and stated that it is unacceptable and they will look into it.
— ILWT (@LacrosseWeTrust) January 13, 2019
Toronto Rock 11, Colorado Mammoth 10
In a very tight contest out west the Toronto Rock were able to stay unbeaten as they keep the Colorado Mammoth searching for their first win. The Rock offense was electric as they took a total of 68 shots tonight. Even with that great Rock offense Dillon Ward was able to keep them under control and help the Mammoth keep it close. Early on it was all Toronto as they went on a four goal run that spanned from the first period to early in the second period. Colorado would start to get things going in the second as it was a 5-5 tie gam at the half. It was a back and fourth second half but the difference was made early in the fourth when Toronto scored three straight to help secure the 11-10 win.
Toronto was led on offense by Rob Hellyer (3G/2A) and Tom Schreiber (1G/5A) while Billy Hostrawer (3CT/10LB) led on the defensive end of the floor. Colorado was led by Eli McLaughlin (2G/2A) on offense as he tallied his 100th career goal on Saturday night. Jacob Ruest (8LB/1CT) helped lead the Mammoth on defense.
In net for Toronto Nick Rose made 32 saves off of 42 shots on goal while Dillon Ward made 57 saves off of 68 shots on goal for Colorado.
New England Black Wolves 16, Calgary Roughnecks 10
The New England Black Wolves stunned the Calgary Roughnecks in their first game with Curtis Dickson back on the floor after a long contract dispute. New England got hot off the start and that helped them down the stretch as they led the entire game. Coming into the second half New England held a 9-4 lead. Calgary would get their offense going more in the second half but just couldn’t overcome New England as they kept finding the back of the net.
New England was led by Stephen LeBlanc (3G/6A), Riley O’Connor (4G/2A) , and others on offense. David Brock (7LB/5CT) led New England on defense. Calgary was led by Dane Doobie (4G/3A) on offense and by Zach Currier (4CT/9LB) on defense.
For Calgary Christian Del Bianco made 28 saves off of 44 shots on goal as he played all but about 10 minutes in the game. Doug Jameison made 44 saves off of 54 shots on goal for New England.
Saskatchewan Rush 14, Vancouver Warriors 10
The Saskatchewan Rush escaped the Vancouver Warriors in a very tight, high flying, and physical matchup. Saskcthewan started out the game on a 5-0 run before Vancouver came storming back to cut it to a 5-3 game at the end of the first. Both squads would really go back and fourth all second period as Vancouver was able to catch a little fire at the end and make it a one goal 8-7 Saskatchewan lead heading into the half. It was a slow defensive heavy third as Vancouver tied it up at 8-8 early on. Saskatchewan would go up one and then two on a power play goal from Ben McIntosh to make it 10-8 heading into the fourth. The Rush did Rush things in the fourth as they dominated the final 15 minutes of play to pull out the 14-10 victory.
San Diego Seals 12, Rochester Knighthawks 10
It was a good one out in San Diego for the Seals inaugural home opener against the Rochester Knighthawks. In a very tight back and fourth game San Diego would find a way to pull out the win in their home opener. As it was a 9-9 tie heading into the second half these teams were pretty much neck and neck the whole way. San Diego was able to get two go ahead goals late in the fourth to secure the win.
San Diego was led by Austin Staats (4G/1) on the offensive end of the floor and by Drew Belgrave (5LB/2CT) on the defensive end of the floor. Rochester was led by Joe Resetarits (2G/4A) on offense and by Dan Dawson (3LB/2CT).
In net for San Diego Frank Scigliano made 38 saves off of 48 shots on goal. For Rochester Angus Goodleaf had 37 saves off of 49 shots on goal.