It was another great weekend of action across the NLL. Here is a rundown of everything that went down this weekend, from playoff clinching wins and phenomenal performances.
Friday, March 15th
Georgia 15, Rochester 14
It was a close one in Rochester on Friday night as the Georgia Swarm were able to subdue a Knighthawks comeback and secure the win. With this win Georgia completed the season sweep over Rochester and punched their ticket to the playoffs as well as Buffalo’s.
Georgia got out to an early 5-0 lead to start the game before Rochester fought back hard and made it a 7-4 game at the end of the first. It was a pretty back-and-forth second period as Georgia took a 12-7 lead into the half. The Knighthawks exploded in the third quarter as they were able to make it a one-goal 13-12 Georgia lead heading into the fourth. Chris Boushy scored his seventh of the game for Rochester to start the fourth, but Georgia would prevail and secure the win.
Despite Georgia winning, the story of the game was Knighthawks forward Chris Boushy. Traded from Calgary to Rochester in exchange for a fourth round pick at the trade deadline, Boushy made a huge impact in his debut with Rochester. Boushy tallied 9 points (7G/2A) in the game. In cage for the Knighthawks Warren Hill made 35 saves off of 50 shots on goal.
For Georgia they saw a lot of offensive production from an array of guys. Shayne Jackson tallied 9 points (5G/4A) and Lyle Thompson had 6 points (4G/2A), while Randy Staats finished with 5 points (2G/3A). In goal, Mike Poulin made 40 saves off of 54 shots on goal.
Saturday, March 16th
Toronto 15, Rochester 13
It was a hard-fought battle as the Toronto Rock got a home win over the Rochester Knighthaws. While Rochester stayed right with Toronto all game, the Rock were just one step ahead.
This was a tight one from the beginning as Toronto held just a 5-4 lead at the end of the first. While Toronto was able to go on a little big of a run in the second, we ended up seeing much of the same as it ended up being a 10-8 Toronto lead heading into the half. In the third quarter Toronto was able to get some momentum at the end, pushing their lead out to 13-10 heading into the fourth. Although Rochester had opportunities down the stretch Toronto got the job done on both ends and was able to seal the victory.
Rochester was led by Mike Burke with 5 points (2G/3A) and Cody Jamieson who tallied 6 points (2G/4A). Chris Boushy also tallied 4 points (2G/2A). In goal, Angus Goodleaf made 46 saves off of 60 shots on goal
The Rock were led by Rob Hellyer and Kieran McArdle who each tallied 3 points (2G/1A) in the win. Tom Schreiber also had 6 points (1G/5A). Nick Rose made 33 saves off of 46 shots in goal on goal for the Rock.
Colorado 11, Calgary 9
The Colorado Mammoth went on the road and got a big win over the Calgary Roughnecks. Colorado was able to rally back from down 5-1 early in the second and comeback for the win.
After Colorado got the first goal of the game Calgary caught fire, scoring five unanswered to give them a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter. Colorado answered in a similar fashion as they went on a huge run to end the half with things tied at 5. The Mammoth continued their comeback in the third as they were able to take an 8-6 lead heading into the fourth. The Roughnecks started the fourth strong as they were able to tie things up at 8. A two goal run for Colorado would effectively seal the deal, but neither team was done yet. Calgary and Colorado each scored once more to make the final an 11-9 win for Colorado.
Dane Doobie reached 400 career points as he tallied 6 points (2G/4A) for Calgary. Curtis Dickson also had 3 points (2G/1A). In goal, Christian Del Bianco made 35 saves off of 46 shots on goal.
For Colorado Kyle Killen led the way with 5 points (3G/2A) while Ryan Lee tallied 4 points (3G/1A) in the win. Dillon Ward was stellar in net, making 35 saves off of 45 shots on goal.
Buffalo 12, Saskatchewan 11
In what was probably the best game of the week, Buffalo edged Saskatchewan in overtime off of a Chaser Fraser goal diving from behind the cage. It was an exciting one to say the least.
This one was as back-and-forth battle from the start. At the end of the first Buffalo held just a 4-3 lead. It was a defensive heavy second period as we only three goals to make it a 5-5 game heading into the half. Buffalo started off very strong in the third as they were able to gain a 9-5 edge before Saskatchewan finally answered. Evan Kirk went down with an injury and so put Adam Shute had to finish in net for Saskatchewan, and he was crucial down the stretch. After trailing 9-6 coming into the fourth, Saskatchewan started to get their mojo back. A three goal run midway through the fourth gave Saskatchewan an 11-10 lead over Buffalo. The Bandits answered with a Shawn Evans goal to tie things up at 11. The Bandits could have won it in regulation if it weren’t for a HUGE Adam Shute save that Brett Mysdske was in on as well. In overtime the ball went back-and-forth at first before Buffalo gained a settled possession. A Chris Cloutier shot went wide and Chase Fraser was behind the goal to get the rebound and dive around for the put back and the win.
Saskatchewan was led by Mark Matthews who had 7 points (4G/3A) on the day. Jeff Shattler contributed as well with 4 points (2G/2A). In goal, Evan Kirk made 23 saves off of 28 shots on goal, while Adam Shute made 21 saves off of 28 shots on goal.
The Bandits were led by Shawn Evans with 6 points (2G/4A) and Dhane Smith with 5 points (2G/3A). Corey Small also had 3 points (2G/1A). Matt Vinc made 28 saves off of 59 shots on goal in the win.
San Diego 13, Philadelphia 11
The two new kids on the block battle it out on the west coast o Saturday night in what was a close one, and an exciting finish. The Seals were able to seal the win late in the game and who else but Austin Staats to put the last nail in the coffin in this one.
It was a tight one from the start as these two teams were all knotted at 3 to end the first quarter. A three goal run from San Diego to start the second helped them get out to a 7-4 halftime lead over Philadelphia. The third quarter was all Philadelphia as the Wings caught fire and scored four unanswered to take a 8-7 lead heading into the fourth, and that’s where things really started to heat up. The Wings scored the first two goal of the fourth, taking a 10-7 lead. The Seals answered with three straight of their own to tie things up at 10. Philadelphia would score once more while San Diego found the back of the net twice late in the game to secure the win.
The Wings were led by Josh Currier with 7 points (3G/4A) and Kevin Crowley who tallied 6 points (3G/3A). Doug Buchan made 41 saves off of 54 shots on goal in net for the Wings.
San Diego was led by Dan Dawson who tallied 7 points (5G/2A) and Colton Jackson who had 6 points (3G/3A). Austin Staats tallied 5 points (2G/3A). In goal, Frank Scigliano made 34 saves off of 45 shots on goal.
Vancouver 12, New England 9
The Vancouver Warriors went right at the short-handed New England Black Wolves and pulled out the big home win, being able to pull away with a dominating third quarter.
New England scored the first two of the game but Vancouver answered soon enough and kept it tight. Trailing 4-2 after the first quarter Vancouver started the second quarter strong, tying things up at 4. A similar answer came from New England as things stayed tight through the second. Entering the half it was a 4-4 game, but Vancouver was able to breakout a bit in the third. The Warriors finally took their first lead of the game and ended the third with a narrow 10-8 lead. It was a very physical fourth quarter as Vancouver was eventually able to take over and secure the win late in the game, outscoring New England 2-1 in the final frame.
New England was led by Reilly O’Connor with 5 points (3G/2A). Tyler Digby dished out 6 assist, while Stephan LeBlanc tallied 5 points (1G/4A). In goal, Alex Buque made 33 saves off of 44 shots on goal.
The Warriors were led by Mitch Jones who tallied 6 points (4G/2A), while Jordan McBride had 3 points (2G/1A). Logan Schuss also had 4 points (1G/3A). Eric Penny was back in net for Vancouver for this one, making 37 saves off of 46 shots on goal.
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