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Cannons in the NLL

3/14/11 4:33 PM

Cannons in the NLL


It was a quiet weekend in the NLL with only two games being played. However, there was plenty of excitement from the five Cannons in action.

On Saturday night, the Boston Blazers headed north to Buffalo to take on the Bandits. Kevin Buchanan got involved quickly after missing last weekend's contest. He got his first of two assists on the game's first goal, passing to Ryan Powell three minutes in. Buchanan also had five loose balls on the night. Greg Downing picked up four loose balls in the game while forcing a turnover. On defense, Jack Reid had two loose balls and forced a turnover while Mitch Belisle scooped up four loose balls.

Saturday’s contest was a seesaw battle that was tied heading into the fourth quarter. Buffalo took the 10-9 lead three minutes into the last period before Josh Sanderson tied the score at 10 with three and a half minutes to play. However, with just over two minutes to go, Buffalo took the lead again on All-Star John Tavares' goal before putting the game away with eight seconds remaining. The difference in the game may have been Buffalo’s pair of short handed goals they scored in one action-packed minute in the second quarter. The Blazers, who fell to 6-5 on the year and now sit in third place in the East Division, will be off next weekend before heading to Washington.

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On Sunday, Paul Rabil and the Washington Stealth played host to the first place Calgary Roughnecks. Rabil was second in the game with eight loose balls and continues to lead the league with 121 for the season. Rabil also had two assists and a forced turnover in the game.  Washington took the lead just over three minutes into the game but Calgary struck back just over a minute later. The Roughnecks scored two short handed goals in thirty seconds to take the lead, which they would hold for the rest of the game. Washington is now 5-6 on the season, third in the West Division, and will take on Boston in two weeks.

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In other news, Kyle Sweeney was picked up off waivers by the Edmonton Rush. Sweeney had played in nine games with the Philadelphia Wings this season, scoring up two goals.

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Finally, Paul Rabil makes an appearance in the Top 10 Plays from the NLL All Star Game. You can check out the video here.

 

Blazers Stats

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

Loose Balls

Forced Turnovers

Face Offs Won/Taken

Buchanan

10

15

20

35

40

4

0/0

Belisle

11

2

1

3

44

9

0/0

Reid

10

1

0

1

23

13

9/23

Downing

11

0

1

1

48

5

0/0

 

 

Stealth Stats

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

Loose Balls

Forced Turnovers

Face Offs Won/Taken

Rabil

11

10

21

31

121

10

0/0

 

 

Wings Stats

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

Loose Balls

Forced Turnovers

Face Offs Won/Taken

Boyle

11

2

20

22

35

1

0/0

Heim

5

0

6

6

14

2

28/71

Sweeney

9

2

0

2

43

8

0/0




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