By Rachel Villari | 1/13/14 1:00 PM
There were six games in the NLL over the weekend, in which the Buffalo Bandits (2-1) jumped six spots from the bottom of the IL Indoor’s power rankings and the Minnesota Swarm have yet to post a win.
Buffalo played two games in their weekend sweep, the first a come-from-behind win at home against the Toronto Rock (10-12) on Saturday night, the second an away game against the Philadelphia Wings in which the Bandits won by one in overtime (12-11) on Sunday afternoon. Major League Lacrosse’s Kevin Crowley (Florida Launch) helped the Wings to no avail in their second game with one goal and two assists, as well as Kyle Sweeney (Boston Cannons), who had one assist, and CJ Costabile (New York Lizards), who drew 44% of his faceoffs.
The second Friday game was between the Colorado Mammoth and the Calgary Roughnecks at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Roughnecks took the 13-11 victory thanks to a seven-goal-run in the second quarter. MLL’s Charlotte Hounds Geoff Snider contributed three goals and one assist to the total victory, drawing over half of his faceoffs. Drew Westervelt of the Chesapeake Bayhawks and John Grant Jr. of the Denver Outlaws were disappointed in their NLL team’s loss, despite their strong showing. Westervelt had two goals and five assists, and Grant had two goals and four assists, one of his goals even a power play goal.
The first of three games Saturday featured the second of the Mammoth’s Canadian road trip, visiting and ultimately falling to the Edmonton Rush 6-17. The Rush opened their season at home by crushing the Mammoth, now standing 2-0 at the top of the West. MLL’s Mark Matthews of the Rochester Rattlers was on fire with five goals and four assists, alongside Zack Greer of the Denver Outlaws, who scored another five goals himself. Westervelt notched three goals and a single assist, and Grant added two assists and one forced turnover in the Mammoth’s second loss in as many days.
The Rochester Knighthawks, now 2-0, also defeated the Philadelphia Wings by a large margin, winning 13-9. MLL’s Joe Walters (Chesapeake Bayhawks), Cody Jamieson (Florida Launch), and Stephen Keogh (also of the Florida Launch) all contributed to this victory, for a combined total of four goals and 11 assists. Although they were unable to fight back after the second quarter, Wings’ Costabile won 53.7% of his faceoff draws and had a single assist.
The final Saturday game featured a win for the Vancouver Stealth’s (1-1) home opener over the Minnesota Swarm (0-2). Both teams had strong goaltending and defense as the low scoring game ended up favoring the Stealth with a final score of 8-5. Although they were unable to notch a win, Swarm’s Logan Schuss (Ohio Machine) helped out with two assists, and Kiel Matisz (also Ohio Machine) contributed two goals and a single assist.