NLL Friday Night Recap: Georgia Stuns Toronto, San Diego Takes Down Saskatchewan

Photo Courtesy of The San Diego Seals                                                                                                            

In a week where we have seven games on the docket the action all got started on Friday night with three games on tab. Two were very exciting and one was a complete blowout where one team dominated the whole way. 

Georgia 14, Toronto 5

The Georgia Swarm dominated the Toronto Rock from the opening faceoff until the finally buzzer sounded. It all started early on with Jordan MacIntosh scoring nine seconds into the game. Toronto answered just thirty-five seconds later with a Kieran McArdle. That was the last bit of life Toronto had for as while as Georgia ended the first with a four goal run, taking a 5-1 lead into the second period. While the Rock were able to find some life in the second quarter and cut the Georgia lead to 8-4 at the half, Georgia would soon take over completely. In the third it was complete domination on both ends of the floor for the Swarm as they went on a five goal run to help them take a 13-5 lead into the fourth quarter. With just one goal scored in the fourth Georgia walked away with the 14-5 win. It was a complete team effort that secured this one for Georgia as they dominated on both offense and defense with Mike Poulin having a career day in goal, setting personal best with a .904 save percentage and 5 goals against average.

The Rock were led by Tom Schreiber and Brad Kri who each had 2 assist. The Rock saw five different goal scorers including Kieran McArdle, Rob Hellyer, and others. Georgia was led by Randy Staats who tallied 10 points (5G/5A) in the win. Shayne Jackson also had 5 points (3G/2A) and Lyle Thompson put up 9 points (1G/7A).

In goal for Toronto Nick Rose and Riley Hutchcraft saw time. Rose made 21 saves off of 32 shots on goal and Hutchcraft made 13 saves off of 16 shots on goal. For Georgia Mike Poulin made 47 saves off of 52 shots on goal. 

Box Score

Colorado 11, Vancouver 7

In the first of a double header between these two teams this weekend Colorado took the win in a very close one. The Mammoth needed a late game run to really help them secure this win. It was a tight one the whole way as Colorado held juts a 4-3 lead heading into the second. After Keegan Bal scored for Vancouver to start the second Colorado took over, going on a three goal run to end the half and take a 7-4 lead. The third quarter was pretty much all Vancouver as they played with a ton of energy on both ends and were able to make it just a one goal game heading into the fourth quarter. With an 8-7 lead heading into the fourth Colorado stepped up big time, scoring three unanswered to secure a much needed road win in Vancouver. 

Vancouver was led by Logan Schuss who tallied 5 points (3G/2A) in the loss. Keegan Bal also had 2 points (1G/1A) and Tony Malcom had 2 assist. Colorado was led by Robert Lee who put up 7 points (4G/3A), Jeff Wittig with 5 points (2G/3A), and Kyle Killen who tallied 3 points (2G/1A).

In goal for Vancouver Eric Penny made 36 saves off of 47 shots on goals. For Colorado Dillon Ward made 41 saves off of 48 shots on goal. 

Box Score

San Diego 13, Saskatchewan 12

It was a wild one in San Diego as the Seals were able to pull out a fantastic win in a game that honestly could have gone either way. While this was back-and-forth from the start, San Diego was able to take a 4-2 lead entering into the second. Early in the second Matt Hossack found the back of the net for the Rush and made it a one goal game. Kyle Buchanan was able to score two straight as part of a three goal run for San Diego to push the lead out. Saskatchewan would get the last run of the half, cutting it to a 7-5 San Diego lead heading into half. In the third quarter Saskatchewan came storing back late after an early San Diego run. After the Rush tied it at 10 the Seals were able to go up by one heading into the fourth after a Dan Dawson goal, his 499th career goal. With both teams going back-and-forth in the fourth quarter it became a goaltender battle as much as it was an offensive clinic. Frank Scigliano was stellar down the stretch, shutting the door on Saskatchewan to help secure the bu win for the Seals. 

Saskatchewan was led by Ben MacIntosh with 6 points (3G/3A), Jeff Shattler who tallied 4 points (2G/2A), and Mark Matthew with 5 points (1G/4A). San Diego saw Kyle Buchanan tally 8 points (4G/4A) to help secure the win. Dan Dawson also had 5 points (2G/3A). 

In goal for Saskatchewan Evan Shute got the start in place of the injured Evan Kirk. Shute made 43 saves off of 56 shots on goal. For San Diego Frank Scigliano was amazing, making 39 saves off of 51 shots on goal.

Box Score





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