If week seven proved anything, it’s that anything can happen at any moment in this league. What a week it was as we saw tight games, upsets, blowouts, fights, and more. What a week it was in the National Lacrosse League!
Toronto 13, Philadelphia 12
On Saturday night the Philadelphia Wings were searching for their first win of the season against a tough Toronto Rock team. The Wings would ultimately fall short as the Rock mounted an impressive comeback to secure the win. Philadelphia started the game on a 4-0 run and held a 5-1 lead heading into the second quarter. The second was fairly even as the Rock started to comeback but the Wings were able to hold onto a 7-4 lead heading into the half. It was a literal back and forth third quarter as both squads went back and fourth trading goals. Also in the third Toronto’s defense and goalie Nick Rose really seemed to pick up the pace even more as the game got chippier and more physical. With Philadelphia holding a 10-6 lead heading into the fourth Toronto would start the fourth quarter with a 4-0 run spear-headed by Tom Schreiber, who went dow in the first half but came back after the half, to take an 11-10 lead. The end of the game was very physical as both squads battled back and fourth. Rob Hellyer would score the game wining goal for Toronto with just about three minutes left in the game to secure the win.
Rochester 18, Buffalo 11
The ol’ I-90 rivalry was renewed on Saturday night as Rochester stunned Buffalo on both ends of the floor. The Buffalo bandits were missing forward Josh Byrne as he was put on IR on Friday. Austin Shanks got Rochester off to a hot start as he scored two of his seven total goal early in the game. Buffalo would start to get going in the first after a Thomas Hoggarth goal. Rochester held a 4-2 lead heading into the second. The second quarter is where we would start to see the real physicality come out as this game ended with 68 minutes of penalties served. Rochester would dominate the end of the second as they rode a 4-goal run into the half with a 9-6 lead. Buffalo was able to get a few things going on early in the third but Rochester would once again fins themselves on an offensive run to end the third with a 13-8 lead. Buffalo was forced to pull goalie Matt Vinc in the third after Rochester just kept putting them by him. Although Buffalo got it together late in the fourth they just couldn’t prevail as Rochester took the win 18-11 at home. The game would close out in exciting fashion thought as there was a fight, a fan arrested, and a few side scrums all in the closing minutes of the game. It’s safe to say that the rivalry is still there between these two squads.
Vancouver 11, Colorado 10 – OT
Vancouver was able to secure their first win at Rogers Arena and their second win of the season as they took down Colorado in overtime, and without goaltender Aaron Bold who was on IR or forward Joel McCready who is out with an Achilles injury. This game stated off very close as both sides were playing great on both side of the floor. With it an even 3-3 tie heading into the second quarter went on a 4-goal run to help them end the half with a 7-4 lead. Vancouver would start to pick it up in the third as they cut Colorado’s lead down to 9-7 heading into the fourth. Vancouver would start and end the fourth with a goal to help force overtime where Logan Schuss found the back of the net for the win.
Georgia 13, Saskatchewan 10
After recording their first two loses last week the Georgia Swarm would bounce back with a win on Sunday evening against the Saskatchewan Rush. Georgia would use a huge early 5-0 run to burry Saskatchewan into a hole early on. At that point Rush head coach Derek Keenan made the switch in goal pulling Evan Kirk for Adam Shute. With Saskatchewan starting to get things together Georgia would hold a 7-2 lead at the end of the first half. In the third it was a defensive heavy quarter as neither offense seemed to get into a rhythm. Saskatchewan was able to pull together a great run in the fourth to cut it to a two-goal game but Connor Sellars would put an end to that with a late goal to secure the 13-10 win for Georgia.
Buffalo 15, New England 5
After a very tough loss in Rochester on Saturday the Buffalo Bandits marched down to New England and put the hurt on a very hot Black Wolves team. Buffalo would dominate from the start as they held a 3-1 lead heading into the second quarter. New England was able to get a little bit going, but it just wasn’t enough on either side of the ball. Corey Small scored two straight for Buffalo in the second and those two goals would start an eight-goal run for the Bandits that lasted through the third and into the early part of the fourth. New England just had no answer tonight as they got pounded on their home floor.