With four games on the docket this weekend NLL fans were treaded to some really good games on Friday and Saturday. The action got started on Friday night when Buffalo took down Philadelphia on the road in overtime. The excitement continued on Saturday night as Calgary took down Toronto, Buffalo lost to Georgia, and the San Diego Seals won their 2nd straight game, defeating the Colorado Mammoth.
Buffalo 12, Philadelphia 11 – Overtime
It was an exciting one in the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night to kick off the weekend of lacrosse action. The Bandits would come from behind, using a big fourth quarter run to force overtime and secure the win over the Wings.
After Buffalo took a 2-1 lead early in the first quarter, Philadelphia answered with a 5-goal run that from midway through the first until the early portion of the second. That run put the Wings up 6-2 and gave them a ton of energy. Buffalo was able to two goal late in the second, making it a 6-4 Philadelphia lead at the half. The third quarter was pretty tight as both teams seemed to just be trading goal back-and-forth. Philadelphia was able to get two goals late to give them the 11-8 advantage heading into the fourth. Buffalo scored three straight in the fourth to tie it up at 11 late in the game, Chase Fraser scored the game winner in overtime as he zipped the outside shot right past Doug Buchan for the win.
Buffalo was led by Chase Freaser who scored 4 goals in the win. Chris Cloutier and Corey Small each had 3 goals (2G,1A), while Thomas Hoggarth and Dhane Smith tallied 5 points (1G,4A). In net, Matt Vinc made 27 saves off of 58 shots on goal.
Kevin Crowley led Philadelphia with 6 points (2G,4A) for the Wings. Frank Brown scored 2 goals while Jordan Hall tallied 4 points (1G,3A). Doug Buchan made 54 saves off of 66 shots on goal for the Wings.
Georgia 14, Buffalo 9
On the back end of a double-header weekend the Buffalo Bandits fell at home to the Georgia Swarm. It was a tight one early on until Georgia went on a 4-goal run late in the first to help put them up 6-3 at the end of the first. In the second Georgia started and ended the quarter with a goal, while Buffalo went on a 2-goal run midway through to make it an 8-5 Georgia lead at the half. After trading goals for much of the third Georgia would score two to end the period and head into the fourth with a11-7 lead. The Swarm continued their run into the fourth, scoring 3 straight to really put this game out of reach, pushing their lead to 14-7. Buffalo was able to find some success late in the fourth but they couldn’t complete any kind of comeback as Georgia walked away 14-9 victors.
Georgia was led by Randy Staats with 5 points (4G,1A). Lyle Thompson also tallied 4 points (1G,3A), while Shayne Jackson also had 5 points (1G,4A) in the win. Mike Poulin made 41 saves off of 50 shots on goal in net for Georgia.
Dhane Smith led Buffalo with 5 points (3G,2A) in the win. Jordan Durstin also tallied 4 points (2G,2A), while Thomas Hoggarth had 3 points (2G,1A). In net, Matt Vinc made 38 saves off of 52 shots on goal.
San Diego 13, Colorado 10
The San Diego Seals won their second straight as they defeated the Colorado Mammoth on the road on Saturday night. After Colorado tied it at 1 early on in the first, San Diego wen on a 3-goal run that stretch from the first into the second. That run put San Diego in the lead 4-1 and they held a lead the whole game, never trailing. Colorado was bale to cut it to 4-2 midway through the second, but San Diego ended the half with another run that put them up 7-2 heading into the half. Holding a 10-5 lead at the end of the third, the Seals were dominating but the Mammoth were able to get some energy going in the fourth. A 3-goal Mammoth run from late in the third to early in the fourth cut the Seals lead to 10-8. Scoring wise, it was back-and-forth late in the game but San Diego held on for the win.
San Diego was led by Garrett Billings with 7 points (3G,4A). Kyle Buchanan also tallied 5 points (2G,3A) in the win. Frank Scigliano made 44 saves off of 54 shots on net for the Seals.
The Mammoth were led by Eli McLaughlin as he tallied 6 points (3G,3A). Rookie Jeff Wittig had 4 points (2G,2A) in his NLL debut. In net, Dillon Ward made 21 saves off of 31 shots on net. Steve Fryer also saw time, making 7 saves off of 9 shots on net.
Calgary 15, Toronto 9
It was a very physical contest at the Saddle Dome as the Calgary Roughnecks were able to subdue a Toronto Rock fourth quarter comeback and secure the win. Dan MacRae got the scoring started with a Calgary goal early on, followed by a Toronto goal via Johnny Powless less than a minute later. After that Toronto goal to tie things up at 1 Calgary exploded, going on a 5-goal run that lasted from midway through the first to early in the second. Each team scored two straight before heading to the half with Calgary leading 8-3. The third quarter was pretty back-and-forth as both teams kept trading goals before a Calgary netted two straight to end the third. Heading into the fourth with Calgary holding a 12-6 lead Toronto woke up, starting the quarter with a 2-goal run. Calgary would score three more and Toronto just one as Calgary was able to subdue any comeback and secure the win. The fourth quarter was very physical and got a little chippy with 9 total penalties being handed out in the final period alone.
Calgary was led by Rhys Duch with 6 points (4G,2A), while Riley Loewen tallied 5 points (3G,2A). Curtis Dickson also had 8 assist and Dane Doobie put up 7 points (1G,6A). In net, Christian De Bianco made 46 saves off of 55 shots on net.
For the Rock, they were led by Dan Litner who had 3 goals, while Tom Schreiber dished out 4 assist as well. In net, Nick Rose made 29 saves off of 44 shots on net.