By Nick Powers | 3/5/13 1:00 PM
Week nine of the National Lacrosse League season began with two close, back-to-back games for the Buffalo Bandits, of which they split.
This past Thursday, February 28th saw the Bandits win 15-13 over the Toronto Rock at the Air Canada Centre, despite strong play from Garrett Billings. The Hamilton Nationals attack had eight points on four goals and four assists, the most of either squad’s players. Billings now leads the Rock in goals (19), assists (40), points (59) and SOG (87) for the season.
The following day, the Bandits traveled back home to the First Niagra Center for a face-off against the Philadelphia Wings, which they lost 11-10 in overtime. After Philadelphia tied the game with 3.7 seconds left in regulation, the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Drew Westervelt put the nail in Buffalo’s coffin at 2:14 of OT. In addition, Paul Rabil (Boston Cannons) scored three goals, Kevin Crowley (Hamilton Nationals) netted one goal and four assists and Kevin Buchanan (Boston Cannons) picked up three points on two goals and an assist.
Saturday saw the Rochester Knighthawks squeak out a 12-11 victory over the Colorado Mammoth at the Pepsi Center in Denver, led by the Hamilton Nationals’ Cody Jamieson who scored the final goal of the game, earning the Knighthawks a victory. In a valiant losing effort, John Grant, Jr. of the Chesapeake Bayhawks led the Mammoth in points, with two goals and five assists, while Jordan McBride put up four points of his own with a game-high three goals to highlight the Knighthawks’ scoring for the game.
The Edmonton Rush bested the rival Calgary Roughnecks 18-13 later on Saturday night at the Calgary Saddledome, snapping Edmonton’s 12-game regular season losing streak to the Roughnecks. Jarrett Davis of the Hamilton Nationals picked up five points (2 goals, three assists), while both Mark Matthews (Denver Outlaws) and Zack Greer (New York Lizards) nabbed three goals and an assist to propel the Rush. On Calgary’s end, Joe Resetarits of the Hamilton Nationals tallied both a pair of goals and assists for four points in a solid effort for the Roughnecks.
A trio of Hamilton Nationals team members made the difference in the Washington Stealth’s victory over the Minnesota Swarm to round out week nine for the NLL on Sunday night. Brett Bucktooth (3 goals, 3 assists), Rhys Duch (1 goal, 5 assists) and Athan Iannucci (1 goal, 4 assists) all picked up a game-high six points to allow the stealth to remain atop the West Division. Duch, who registered his 400th career point in the victory, now has the second-most points in team history.