NLL Week Eight Recap: Wings Get First Win, Saskatchewan Drops Second in a Row

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What a week it was in the National Lacrosse League as things seem to just get crazier. Some of the big stories this weekend were Toronto taking down Saskatchewan, Georgia getting two really good wins, and Calgary getting back on track. Also, the Colorado Mammoth continue to struggle as they drop to 1-5 on the season.

Toronto 16, Saskatchewan 13

The Toronto Rock keep getting hotter and hotter as the season goes on. They were able to pull off a huge victory over the defending champions Saskatchewan Rush on Friday night as Adam Jones led the way with 8 points (4G,4A). Saskatchewan was right there all game as it was very tight, but their defense let Toronto have one too many opportunities down the stretch. The Rush were led by Mark Matthews as he tallied 6 points (2G,4A). 

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Georgia 10, New England 8

In the third and final meeting between these two squads the Georgia Swarm were able to seal the deal. It was very tight all game, but Georgia was able to use a big run early in the fourth to pull away and help them secure the win. New England fought back hard but just couldn’t complete the comeback. Lyle Thompson led Georgia with 7 points (3G,4A) while Reilly O’Connor led New England with 6  points (3G,3A). 

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Philadelphia 15, Rochester 14

The Philadelphia Wings secure their first franchise win on Friday night as they took down the Rochester Knighthawks. Philadelphia was able to break free in the second and early part of the third to help seal the deal. Rochester would put up a really good fight as they came all the way back, just to fall short by one goal. That one goal would come by way of Blaze Riorden as he sealed the deal for the Wings in overtime. Philadelphia was led by Kiel Matisz with 8 points (3G, 5A) and Rochester was led by Pat Saunders as he tallied 5 points (3G,2A). 

Box Score

Georgia 16, Rochester 12

The Swarm were able to get out to an early 4-1 lead that would help them in the long run. Even though Rochester was able to keep fighting back and kept it close Georgia and their high powered offense prevailed. Rochester was able to go on a few late game runs but could just not mount a comeback in the full. Randy Staats led Georgia with 11 points (3G,8A) while Austin Shanks led Rochester as he tallied 5 points (4G,1A).

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Buffalo 15, Colorado 12

On Tucker out Lymphoma night the Buffalo Bandits would get off to a hot start that really helped them down the stretch. Colorado was able to find their footing as they would go on a big run in the second. After it being tied multiple times Buffalo pulled away late in the game to secure the win. The Bandits were led by Dhane Smith who had 8 points (3G,5A) and the Mammoth were led by Kyle Killen who tallied 5 points (3G,2A).

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Calgary 8, Vancouver 5

Vancouver started hot and ended cold as Christian De Bianco and the Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Vancouver Warriors in a defensive tilt. After a strong first quarter Vancouver struggled as De Bianco was a brick wall for Calgary which allowed them to get every going on both ends of the floor. Calgary took over in the fourth as they secure the win. Vancouver was led by Logan Schuss with 3 points (2G,1A) and Calgary was led by Curtis Dickson with 3 goals.

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