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With just two games on Friday night, all eyes were on four teams to kick off week five of the NLL season. In New England, we saw the Black Wolves move to 3-0 on the season and continue to impress. In San Diego, the Roughnecks were able to march in to Pechange Arena and secure a bounce-back win after suffering a loss in their home opener last week.
New England 21, New York 12
The New England Black Wolves continued their early season run, taking down the New York Riptide in their home opener. And while New York did have some good stretches, this game was all New England from, at least, the end of the first quarter on.
With four players netting at least a hat trick, the Black Wolves offense was clicking on all cylinders all night long, keeping New York’s defense on their heels for the majority of the game. Also Joe Nardella also went 27-36 (75%) at the faceoff dot to give them plenty of extra possessions and Callum Crawford tallied his 1,00th career point, as well.
New York took an early 2-0 lead after goals from Gale Thrope and Joe Resetarits. At the 10:16 mark in the first quarter Reilly O’Connor got New England on the board, jump starting an 11-goal run for New England that lasted midway through the second. While New York was able to get things going again, New England took a 12-7 lead into the half.
The Riptide pulled within three early in the third, but the Black Wolves were able to answer with a three-goal run from Andrew Suitor, Reilly O’Connor and Joe Resetarits to help them take a 16-11 lead into the fourth. New England scored five straight, four of which were on the power-play, in the fourth and held New York scoreless to end the game and secure the 21-11 victory.
New York was led by Gale Thorpe with five points (3G/2A) while Tyler Digby had four points (2G/2A). Tyson Gibson also had one goal and dished out for assist, as well. New England saw Callum Crawford lead the way with 14 points (5G/9A), Reilly O’Connor put up eight points (6G/2A), Andrew Kew tally nine points (3G/6A), and Joe Resetartis end with six points (3G/3A).
Alex Buque made 36 saves off of 52 shots on goal for New York and Doug Jamieson made 32 saves off of 43 shots on goal for New England.
Calgary 16, San Diego 11
The champs were able to bounce back from a tough loss in their home opener last week and earned a win on the road in San Diego in a back-and-forth affair.
While it was a slower first quarter, overall, for both teams, Calgary got their offense going early and kept the wheels spinning for the rest of the game. The Dicksons (Curtis and Haiden), who have no relation to each other, and Jesse King were huge in the win, leading the way for the fiery Calgary offense.
Also, Curtis Dickson and Tyler Burton had milestone performances with Dickson tallying his 400th career goal and Burton getting his 1,000th career faceoff win.
After taking a one-goal, 6-5, lead at the half thanks to a goal from Haiden Dickson with 3.6 seconds left in the second, the Roughnecks shot out of a cannon to start the second half. Calgary went on a three-goal run, which including two from King, to go ahead 9-5 early in the third.
With Zack Greer helping to lead the offensive charge, San Diego was able to mount a bit of a comeback in both the third and fourth quarter. However, Calgary proved to be too much for the Seals tonight as they secured the 16-11 victory on the road.
Calgary was led by Jesse King with nine points (5G/4A) while Haiden Dickson had four goals and Curtis Dickson tallied six points (2G/4A). San Diego saw Zack Greer lead the way with four goals.
Christian Del Bianco made 45 saves for Calgary. No stats available for San Diego’s Frank Scigliano at the time of writing.
New England’s Joe Resetarits tallies his 400th career point
New England’s Callum Crawford tallies his 1,000th point
Calgary’s Curtis Dickson tallied his 400th goal
Calgary’s Tyler Burton records his 1,000th faceoff win
Calgary’s Haiden Dickson scores first NLL goal and records first career hat trick
San Diego’s Mikie Schlosser scores first NLL goal