By Joe Keegan | 2/14/12 11:47 AM
In a week that featured four games decided by a total of six goals, the biggest news in the National Lacrosse League may have happened off the field. Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil has been traded from the Washington Stealth to the Edmonton Rush.
Rabil’s last game with the Stealth was cut short after he was ejected for fighting in the first quarter. Washington continued to slump, dropping a heartbreaking 12-11 contest to the Calgary Roughnecks. With the loss the Stealth falls to 1-4 on the season. Unfortunately for Rabil, his new team has not been playing much better.
Edmonton (1-3) joins Washington at the bottom of the NLL West. Interestingly enough, Edmonton’s next game is against Calgary. Unless Rabil is traded again, his next game will be against the Roughnecks at 9:00 pm on Saturday.
Mitch Belisle and the Minnesota Swarm earned two huge wins this weekend. The first game was a 10-9 overtime thriller against Edmonton on Friday. Belisle collected two loose balls in the second-longest game in NLL history. On Sunday, the Swarm defeated the Rochester Knighthawks. Belisle recorded one loose ball in the 9-6 triumph. Minnesota will host the undefeated Colorado Mammoth on Saturday at 8:00 pm.
Kevin Buchanan and the Buffalo Bandits visited Pat Heim and the Philadelphia Wings on Sunday night. Heim tallied one goal for Philadelphia, while Buchanan notched two assists for Buffalo. The Wings, sporting their “Twitter jerseys,” pulled out the victory, 14-13. With the win Philadelphia improves to 3-2 on the season, tied for first-place in the NLL East with the Toronto Rock. The Wings will travel to Toronto for a battle between first-place teams on Saturday at 7:00 pm. The Bandits fall to 2-4 and do not play again until March 3rd.
How will Rabil fit in with the Rush? Can Belisle help hand the Mammoth its first loss? Who will claim sole possession of first-place in the East – Philadelphia or Toronto? Go to http://new.livestream.com/nll on Saturday night to find out.