With four games on the docket for Friday there was bound to be some crazy finishes, insane games, highlights, and performances. We were treated to that and more as Friday night did not disappoint and fans around the league were treated to some exciting NLL action, as always.
Toronto 13, New England 12
9,289 fans watched Jim Veltman’s jersey raised to the rafters and were then treated to a very back-and-forth game. Throughout the first, each teams went back-and-forth trading goals, which made it a 4-4 tie heading into the second. In the second, the back-and-forth play continued on both sides of the floor. A two-goal run midway through the second helped give New England the 7-6 lead heading into the half, even after a Toronto goal to end the half.
Toronto found their stride in the third as they started the second half on a three-goal run to take a 9-7 lead. While New England was able to stop the bleeding late in the quarter and tied things up at 10 all late in the period. Toronto was able to score one late to take the 11-10 lead into the fourth. Toronto used that momentum to push their lead out to 13-10 early in the fourth. While New England was able to come close the Toronto defense stood strong down the stretch to help secure the win.
New England was led by Stephen LeBlanc with 8 points (2G/6A). Callum Crawford tallied 4 points (2G/2A) in the loss for New England as well. In net, Doug Jamieson made 37 saves off of 50 shots on goal.
Rob Hellyer led Toronto with 4 points (3G/1), while Tom Schreiber also had 6 points (2G/4A) in the win. In net for the Rock, Nick Rose made 35 saves off of 47 shots on goal.
Rochester 10, Colorado 9 (Overtime)
It was an exciting one in Colorado as the Mammoth failed to complete the comeback, and Rochester took the game in overtime off of a ridiculous play from Kyle Jackson in overtime. After a very tight first half that ended with Rochester leading 4-3, it was more of a one-sided third quarter. After Coloradon tied things at 4 Rochester answered in a big way. Rochester went on a four-goal run to take a commanding 8-4 lead. Colorado finally found themselves again as they scored at the end of the third to stop the bleeding.
With Rochester leading 8-5 heading into the fourth this one was bound to have a fantastic finish. Colorado scored the first of the quarter and Rochester followed. A three-goal run to end the game tied things up at 9 with less than a minute in the game. Dillion Ward was a brick wall all game, but those final secods were crucial for him as he helped send thins one to overtime. Kyle Jackson got a good one-on-ond matchup on the left side and went for it, diving across the crease for the win.
Austin Shanks and Ryan Benesch led Rochester with 4 points (2G/2A) each for Rochester. Warren Hill made 44 saves off of 54 shots on goal for Rochester.
Ryan Lee led the way for Colorado with 5 points (2G/3A) on the night. Jeff Witting also had 4 assist. In net, Dillon Ward made 44 saves off of 54 shots on goal.
Calgary 14, Georgia 13
This game certainly lived up to the hype as this one kept you on the edge of your seat all night. It was a very back-and-forth game in which just kept trading goals for the majority of the game. The only two real runs were from Calgary early in the game and Georgia in the second to tie things up at 5. The rest of the game was pretty much back-and-forth as each squad took turns throwing punches all game long.
Georgia goalie Mike Poulin did go down in the first half and Kevin Orleman played teh rest of the game. That dimnished the Georgia roster even more as Randy Staats wasn’t in the lineup either.
Coming out of the half with a 10-8 lead, Calgary was stiffled in the thid. The Georgia defense stepped up in the third as they helped their offense in tying things up at 11 heading into the fourth. Quickly, Georgia took the 12-11 lead early in the fourth, but Calgary answered just minutes later. Georgia tied took the lead again before Calgary scored a mintue later to tie things up at 13. While man-down Calgary was able to force the turnover and Curtis Dickson took it coast to coast for the game-winner. While Georgia had another man-up oppourtunity in the last minute the Calgary defense stood strong and held off the Swarm’s offensive attack, secureing the win.
Georgia was led by Holden Cattoni who had 5 points (4G/1A) on the night. Miles Thompson also had 7 points (2G/5A) and Lyle Thompson tallied 5 points (3G/2A). In net, Mike Poulin made 17 saves off of 26 shots on goal before getting injured. Kevin Orleman played well, making 26 saves off of 31 shots on goal.
Dane Doobie led the way for Calgary with 8 points (4G/4A) in the win. Curtis Dickson alo had 6 points (4G/2A). In net, Christian Del Bianco made 35 saves off of 48 shots on goal.
Saskatchewan 14, San Diego 8
Without rookie sensation Austin Staats in the lineup, San Diego got pumbled by Saskatchewan, particulary in the third quarter when the Rush finally found their stride and flexed their muslces. Saskatchewan took over first place in the West with this win.
This was a slow game to start as it was 1-1 to end the first and 3-2 at the half with Saskatchewan leading. In the third Saskatchewan went off as five straight to start the half. While San Diego got a few goals midway through the quarter, San Diego held a 10-4 lead at the end of the third. The fourth was more even, but this game was already over as the Rush waled away 14-8 victors over the Seals.
Saskatchewan was led by Ben McIntosh with 8 points (6G/2A), while Mark Matthews had 6 points (2G/4A). In net, Adam Schute made 39 saves off of 47 shots on goal.
For San Diego they were led by Connor Kelly who tallied 4 points (3G/1A). Colton Jackson also had 2 goals on the nigt. Frank Scigliano made 35 saves off of 47 shots on goal. Tyler Carlson also saw some action, making 3 saves off of 5 shots on goal.