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Cannons in the NLL

4/5/11 12:00 AM

Cannons in the NLL


There was a lot of exciting action in the NLL this weekend as a number of Cannons were involved in close games.

There was one notable blow out this weekend, and unfortunately for the Boston Blazers, they were on the wrong side of it. The Blazers lost 18-9 at home to the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday night. The loss was the Blazers' fifth in a row and they are now just a half game ahead of Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the East.

Kevin Buchanan had a good game, scoring two goals and an assist to go along with five loose balls and a fight with Kyle Laverty of the K’Hawks. The rest of the Cannons had somewhat quiet nights. Mitch Belisle scooped up seven loose balls while Greg Downing had six and Jack Reid had one.

Buchanan gave the Blazers their only lead of the game when he scored a short handed goal at 11:34 of the first quarter. Buchanan’s goal set off a scrum that saw the Cannons’ attackman pick up his first fight of the year.

However, it was all down hill from there for the Blazers as Rochester scored eight goals in the second quarter and 10 more in the second half. Boston goalie Anthony Cosmo had led the NLL in save percentage going into the game but made only 22 save on 41 shots on the evening.

The Blazers now sit at 6-8 on the year and will host Philadelphia on Saturday to battle for control of the East’s fourth and final playoff spot.

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The Washington Stealth played twice over the weekend, going 1-1 in a pair of overtime games. Paul Rabil had a standout weekend.

On Friday night, Rabil and the Stealth were in Toronto taking on the Rock. With Washington trailing 2-0 Rabil opened the scoring for the Stealth. He went to to collect four assists over the rest of the game to go along with a game high 11 loose balls.

Rabil’s effort was not enough however as game MVP Stephan LeBlanc completed his hat trick five minutes into overtime to give the Rock their tenth victory of the year.

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The Stealth were back in action on Saturday as they took on the Bandits in Buffalo. Rabil was influential for Washington once again, passing to Rhys Duch just 49 seconds into the game to give the Stealth a 1-0 lead. With Washington trainling 9-8 with 20 seconds to go, Rabil once again dished to Duch who scored to send the game into over time. Five minutes into the extra period, Rabil picked up his fourth assist, combining once again with Duch who dished off to Cam Sedgwick for the game winner. Rabil also tied for a team high with six loose balls in the game. He is third in the NLL with 143 loose balls on the year.

The Stealth sit at 7-7 on the year, second in the West. Washington has already locked up its playoff berth and will look to build momentum as they try to defend their NLL Championship.

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Ryan Boyle and Patrick Heim were in action on Saturday night as the Philadelphia Wings picked up a big win at home against the first place Toronto Rock 12-11. Boyle was outstanding, notching a game high six assists and a goal for a contest leading seven points. Boyle’s goal and four of his assists came in the fourth quarter including the game winning pass to Matt Danowski. Heim picked up three ground balls and forced a turnover as he continues his return from injury.

The Wings are 5-8 on the season but sit just a half game behind the Blazers for the East’s fourth and final playoff spot. The two teams will meet on Saturday night in Boston.

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Kyle Sweeney and the Edmonton Rush split a home and home series with the Colorado Mammoth over the weekend. On Friday night, Sweeney picked up an impressive eight loose balls as the Rush won 14-10 at home thanks to the play of game MVP goalie Matt Disher who made 47 saves on 57 shots.

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The Rush were not as fortunate on Saturday night in Denver as the Mammoth won the rematch 7-6. Sweeney had a good game, collecting two assists, a loose ball, forcing a turnover and winning one of two face-offs. However, Sweeney’s effort was not enough as seldom used forward Jed Prossner scored the winning goal, his third goal of the year, with a minute and a half to play.

Edmonton sits at 4-10 on the year, fourth in the West Division. The Rush will take on Colorado once again on Saturday as the two teams battle for the West’s last playoff spot.

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Blazers Stats

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

Loose Balls

Forced Turnovers

Face Offs Won/Taken

Buchanan

13

18

27

45

39

5

0/0

Belisle

14

2

2

4

59

11

0/0

Reid

13

1

0

1

28

15

9/24

Downing

14

0

2

2

71

8

0/0

 

Stealth Stats

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

Loose Balls

Forced Turnovers

Face Offs Won/Taken

Rabil

14

13

29

43

143

11

0/0

 

Wings Stats

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

Loose Balls

Forced Turnovers

Face Offs Won/Taken

Boyle

13

6

26

32

40

1

0/0

Heim

7

0

6

6

19

3

31/76

Sweeney

9

2

0

2

43

8

0/0

 

Rush Stats

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

Loose Balls

Forced Turnovers

Face Offs Won/Taken

Sweeney

3

1

3

4

18

5

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