(Photo Credit: Alex McIntyre)
Week six of the NLL season started and ended on Saturday night, as there were just two games on the docket this weekend. However, neither game disappointed at all.
Philadelphia 15, New York 12
Philadelphia escaped Long Island with a win on Saturday night, keeping the New York Riptide still searching for their first franchise win.
While Kyle Buchanan waltzed right through the Riptide defense and got Philadelphia on the board just 33 seconds into the game, things quickly evened out as both goalies stood on their heads early on in the first. New York was able to catch fire midway through the first, scoring three straight. Matt Rambo and Brett Hickey scored consecutive goals for Philadelphia late in the first before Dan Lomas answered for New York.
A diving goal from Josh Currier late in the first tied things up at 4 and gave the Wings a heap of energy heading into the second. Currier’s goal sparked a six-goal Philadelphia run to help them 9-4 midway through second. While New York was able to answer, the Wings’ took a 10-6 lead into the half.
Each squad was able to go on a two-goal run late in the quarter, cutting Philadelphia’s lead to 12-9 heading into the fourth. New York was able to carry that energy over into the fourth, pushing their run out to five goals and tying things up midway through the quarter. Brett Hickey was able to finally stop the bleeding for Philadelphia, scoring off a screen to put the Wings in front, 13-12, with 5:25 in the fourth. Late goals from Josh Currier and Steph Charbonneau officially ended it, securing the 15-12 win for Philadelphia.
Tyson Gibson led the way for New York with five points (3G/2A) while Tyler Digby also tallied five points (2G/3A) and Jean Luc-Chetner put up six points (2G/4A). Philadelphia was led by Brett Hickey with four points (3G/1A) while Josh Currier had a hat trick and Kyle Matisz put up four points (2G/2A). Trevor Baptiste went 17-29 at the faceoff dot, surpassing 400 career faceoff wins.
Zach Higgins made 37 saves off of 49 shots on goal for Philadelphia and Alex Buque made 46 saves off of 60 shots on goal for New York.
Colorado 13, Vancouver 9
The Colorado Mammoth move their win streak to three games after coming back from a 4-0 deficit early in the game and 12-5 run in the final 54 minutes to secure a 13-9 victory over the Vancouver Warriors.
Vancouver started hot, going on a 4-0 run in the first six minutes of the game. That Warriors’ early run included two goals from Jordan McBride. After the first TV timeout, Colorado started to find their footing on both ends of the floor. Late in first, Will Malcom and Eli McLaughlin scored back-to-back goals to finally get them on the board.
While a Matt Beers goal at the end of the first and a tally from Logan Schuss early in the second put Colorado back down by four early in the second, their offense soon exploded. Colorado finished the first half with three consecutive goals, including a Joey Cupido goal in transition off a perfectly placed outlet pass from Dillon Ward.
Vancouver drew first blood to start the third with a Keegan Bal goal, but Colorado quickly heated up once again. The Mammoth went on another three-goal run in the third to go-ahead 8-7, but Logan Schuss tied things up at 8 for Vancouver heading into the fourth.Ryan Lee pushed the Mammoth back ahead by one early in the fourth and Eli McLaughlin quickly followed to put them ahead by two. Mitch Jones was able to strike some energy back into Vancouver, making it a one-goal game again midway through the fourth.
However, after some good defensive play on both ends, Jacob Ruest put the final nail in the coffin for Colorado with an empty netter following goals from Jeff Witting and Joey Cupido to secure the 13-9 victory.
Colorado was led by Joey Cupido with five points (3G/2A) and Eli McLaughlin who put up four points (2G/2A). Will Malcom has two goals for the Mammoth, as well. Logan Schuss led Vancouver with five points (3G/2A) while Keegan Bal had five points (2G/3A) and Jordan McBride had two goals.
Dillon Ward made 38 saves off of 47 shots on goal for Colorado and Eric Penney made 33 saves off of 45 shots on goal for Vancouver.