While there were only three games on the docket week 11 of the NLL season was exciting as ever, and we even saw the standings get shaken up a little bit as a result.
It all got started on Friday night when Buffalo took down Rochester to win the season season series over their eastern division rivals. Also on Friday, Saskatchewan defeated Colorado in a much-needed home win to get back on track even more. On Sunday, it was an exciting one as New England took down Toronto to give the Rock their second loss of the season.
Buffalo 16, Rochester 9
The Buffalo Bandits dominated the Rochester Knighthawks on Friday night to secure the 16-9 victory, and win the season series against their rival. Buffalo was able to get out ahead early on, holding a 3-1 lead at the end of the first. Buffalo continued that firepower early in the third before Rochester was able to comeback and make it a one goal 6-5 Buffalo lead at the half. A four goal run in the third boosted the Bandits ahead and helped them secure the win. Rochester was able to find some light but couldn’t complete the comeback as Buffalo secured the 16-9 win.
Corey Small led Buffalo with 7 points (2G,5A), while Thomas Hoggarth and Chris Cloutier were heavy contributors as well. For Rochester Austin Shanks was one of the leaders as he tallied 3 points (2G,1A).
Matt Vinc made 45 saves off of 54 shots on net for Buffalo, and Angus Goodleaf made 4s saves off of 57 shots on net for Rochester.
Saskatchewan 9, Colorado 7
Saskatchewan captured a much needed win over Colorado on Friday to get their second win in a row, and put them even more back on track. It was a lower scoring defensive battle to start off the game. Holding a 2-1 lead after the first, Saskatchewan was able to get out to a two goal 5-3 lead at the half. It stayed tight throughout the second half as well, with teams seemingly trading goals. Saskatchewan would be able to hold on after a late two goal run from Colorado and seal the win.
Kyle Killen led Colorado with 4 points (2G,2A), and Saskatchewan was led by Mark Matthews with 5 points (2G,3A). In goal for Saskatchewan Evan Kirk had a bounce back game with 36 saves off of 43 shots on net. Dillon Ward made 40 saves off of 48 shots on net for Colorado.
New England 13, Toronto 11
The Black Wolves secured a huge win as they took down Toronto in a home win on Sunday afternoon. After a slower start to the game both teams heated up in the second. It was a very tight but Toronto was able to pull out to a 9-7 lead at the half. After a slow third with just one goal scored to make it a 10-7 Toronto lead the Black Wolves heated up in the fourth. Five straight goals in the fourth and stellar play from goalie Doug Jameison would seal the deal for New England.
Tom Schreiber led Toronto with 6 points (3G,3A), while Callum Crawford led New England, tallying 8 points (3G,5A) in the win. Doug Jameison made 47 saves off of 58 shots on net for New England and Nick Rose made 30 saves off of 43 shots for Toronto.
After the action this weekend the standings have been shaken up a bit in both the east and in the west.
- Buffalo (9-2)
- Toronto (7-2)
- Georgia (7-4)
- New England (6-4)
- Rochester (2-7)
- Philadelphia (2-8)
- Saskatchewan (5-4)
- Calgary (5-5)
- San Diego (4-4)
- Colorado (3-6)
- Vancouver (3-7)