(Photo: Trevor MacMIllan/Halifax Thunderbirds)
It was another actioned packed Saturday night in the NLL with three games on the docket, and things got crazy, as usual.
The Halifax Thunderbirds stay undefeated as they came back from down 6-2 at half to defeat the Calgary Roughnecks on the road. And in Colorado, Josh Byrne went off for eight points (7G/1A) to lead the Bandits to a victory, but it wouldn’t come without overtime.
San Diego 15, New York 11 (Box Score)
Despite being without starting goalie Frank Scigliano, the San Diego Seals left Long Island with a decisive 15-11 victory over the New York Riptide. Cam Holding got San Diego on the board just 34 seconds into the game, but New York answered with three straight. However, San Diego ended the first on a five-goal run, which included two straight from Zack Greer, to take a 6-3 lead heading into the second. New York was able to clean it up on both ends in the second quarter, making it 7-7 at the half. The Seals’s offense went on two more big runs in the third and the fourth. The Riptide had some opportunities late in the game, but the deficit was too large to overcome as San Diego took home the W.
For San Diego, Wes Berg tallied five points (2G/3A) and Jeremy Nobel had six points (1G/5A) in the win. New York saw Tyler Digby lead the way with six points (2G/4A). Jean-Luc Chetner and Tyson Gibson both had five points (3G/2A).
Nick Damude made 36 saves off of 47 shots on goal for San Diego. Gowah Abrams and Alex Buque both saw time in net for New York. Abrams played the majority of the minutes, making 29 saves off of 37 shots on goal.
Buffalo 13, Colorado 12 – OT (Box Score)
Behind an eight-point performance from Josh Byrne, the Buffalo Bandits took down the Colorado Mammoth in an overtime thriller. After trading goals to start the game, the Bandits’ offense exploded to get ahead 7-4 heading into the half. While Josh Byrne got his fifth of the night early in the third, Colorado stepped on the gas. They were able to make it a one-goal game heading into the fourth. Jacob Rust capped off a three-goal run for the Mammoth in the fourth to give them the lead. Josh Byrne scored late to tie it up for Buffalo and force overtime. Corey Small saw his shot take a lucky bounce past Dillon Ward to secure the win for Buffalo in overtime.
Buffalo was led by Josh Byrne with eight points (7G/1A) and Corey Small had five points (2G/3A). Dhane Smith also had six assists. For Colorado, Ryan Lee had five goals while Chris Wardle had eight assists and Eli McLaughlin had seven points (1G/6A).
Matt Vinc made 41 saves off of 53 shots on goal for Buffalo and Dillon Ward made 37 saves off of 50 shots on goal for Colorado.
Halifax 15, Calgary 12 (Box Score)
After going down 6-2 at the half, the Halifax Thunderbirds ripped off four consecutive goals from late in the second through early in the third to tie things up at six. That run included three goals from Cody Jamieson. Tyler Pace and Zach Herreweyers were able to stop the bleeding for Calgary midway through the third and put the Roughnecks back in front, but it wasn’t too long before the Thunderbirds put their foot back on the gas. Halifax rattled off seven straight goals from around the seven-minute mark in the third through the first 41 seconds in the fourth. Calgary was able to get going again in the fourth quarter, but they just couldn’t get over the hump as Halifax took home the win to move to 6-0 on the season.
Halifax was led by Stephen Keogh who scored five goals and Clarke Petterson who tallied five points (3G/2A). Mike Burke also dished out six assists. Tyler Pace had five points (4G/1A) for Calgary while Curtis Dickson also had four points (3G/1A).
Warren Hill made 34 saves off of 44 shots on goal for Halifax and Christian Del Bianco made 49 saves off of 64 shots on goal for Calgary.