Vancouver’s Matt Beers Handed a One Game Suspension

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A first reported by Evan Schemenauer Vancouver Warriors defenseman Matt Beers has had a major penalty from last weekend upgraded to a match penalty which results in a one game suspension. Beers will most likely not serve the suspension this weekend against the Saskatchewan Rush. 

After this Beers is now in danger of violating rule 4.14 repeat offender if he receives another match penalty within a two-year period. Rule 41.4 states “Any player who is assessed a second match penalty or a second Dangerous Contact to the head penalty or combination thereof, within a two-year period, shall be assessed a five game suspension.” Yes, that is the same rule we just saw appealed and time diminished in the Callum Crawford case. 

The 9-year veteran will likely not sit this week against Saskatchewan he will miss one game with the Warriors. Beers has been a leader on that defense in Vancouver, racking up 18 turnovers, chasing down 108 loose balls, and tallying 9 assist. Beers has also scored two goals for Vancouver this season as well. In Beer’s absence the Warrios will have to lean more heavily on Ian Hawksbee, Justin Salt, and others for production on the defensive end of the floor. 

Vancouver has a road contest against Saskatchewan this weekend and a home contest against Philadelphia next weekend on April 14th. The Warriors are currently sitting at 4-10 but still have a chance at this point to make the playoffs. 

Rochester Makes Multiple Moves, New England Adds Talent and Depth, Ryan Benesch is a Knighthawk

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As the NLL trade deadline of March 11th is fastly approaching, we saw three pretty big trades today. While multiple teams were involved, the one constant was that every trade involved the Rochester Knighthaws. 

The Rochester Knighthawks traded forward Joe Resetartis to the New England Black Wolves in exchange for two draft picks. Rochester will get a first round pick in 2022 and a second round pick in 2019 from New England. 

Resetartis is a seven-year veteran, having played in Rochester since being acquired from Buffalo back in March of 2015. The forward has tallied a career total of 364 points (149G,215A). So far this season Resetartis has 41 points (15G,26A). 

For New England this is a huge pickup, especially with the Callum Crawford suspension situation. Resetartis will be the number one righty forward during however many games Crawford is suspended (maximum of 6). Beyond that, Resetartis adds depth to the right side with Crawford and Digby being their other two righty forwards. 

Rochester wasn’t done wheeling and dealing after the Resetartis trade, making two others within in just a few hours of the Resetartis trade coming out. The Knighthawks traded defenseman Paul Dawson to San Diego in exchange for draft picks and traded forward Cory Vitarelli to Colorado in exchange for Ryan Benesch. 

The Knighthawks receive a 2020 second round pick and a conditional 2022 second round pick from San Diego in exchange for Paul Dawson. The veteran defenseman had been with Rochester since being acquired from Philadelphia in December of 2012. Dawson has 3 assist and 34 loose balls thus far in 2019. He will be playing with his brother Dan Dawson in San Diego for the Seals. 

In the biggest move of the day Rochester adds a lot of firepower, trading Cory Vitarelli to Colorado for Ryan Benesch. The lefty forward has been one of the best shooters in the league. Benesch has a career total of 977 points (415G,562A) thus far. This season Benesch has been the number one guys in Colorado, tallying 47 points (17G,30A). 

For Vitarelli he goes to Colorado after spending his entire nine-year career with the Knighthawks. Vitarelli has a career total of 313 points (184G,129A). Vitarelli will be a good addition in Colorado on the left side, joining the likes of Eli McLaughlin and Chris Wardle. 

 

Warrior’s Forward Joel McCready Likely to Miss Remainder of the Season

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Vancouver Warrior’s righty forward Joel McCready is likely to miss the remainder of the season with a suspected torn Achilles. Steve Ewen of The Province first reported the news Wednesday afternoon. 

In last week’s game against the San Diego Seals McCready went down with an apparent lower body injury as he hobbled off the floor. It has been deemed a sufficient Achilles injury and a possible Achilles tear. 

McCready being out for the remainder of the season is a huge loss for a Vancouver team that is still searching for their second win of the season, and first home win, through seven weeks of the season. 

As a righty forward McCready is a crucial piece in that offense as he can really help that offense get going in various different ways. McCready is very good at helping to get other guys open for outside shots by cutting to the net. Thus far, McCready has tallied 11 points (4G/7A) through the first five games of the season. 

Without McCready in on offense on the right side the Warriors will still have three guys in Jordan McBride, Tony Malcom, and Keegan Bal. The Warriors will need to find another righty to help on that offense in McCready’s absence. 

It looks like the best option, and maybe most logical one, would be to move James Rahe back to going out the front door. Rahe has been going out the back door and play some solid defense this season.

Curtis Dickson Signs with Calgary

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Superman is back in Calgary!

After a long holdout due to contract negotiations star forward Curtis Dicksion has come to a contract agreement and signed with the Calgary Roughnecks. As of Friday night they were waiting on approval from the league. The forward had been one of two key players holding out in Calgary along with Wes Berg. Brandon Astle first reported the news on Friday night.

Dickson was drafted 3rd overall by Calgary in the 2010 draft and has spent his entire career with the Roughnecks. Through eight seasons in Calgary Dickson has a career total of 641 points (360G,281A). 

Through the first four weeks of the season Calgary has gone 3-1 as they lost to Vancouver in week one, beat Vancouver in week two, defeated San Diego in week three, and beat Colorado in week four. It is reported that Dickson will be suiting up for the Roughnecks week five matchup at home against the New England Blackwolves. 

Dickson will be a huge addition to the Roughnecks offense as they were already playing very well without him thus far. Without Dickson the Roughnecks have had to lean on Dane Doobie, Rhys Duch, and others for production on the offense side of the floor. Dickson adds another very good option for Calgary to look to for production on the offensive end of the floor.