It was an action-packed start to the weekend last night, with a Stealth rout, Minnesota edging Calgary and an OT game in Toronto that saw over 100 penalty minutes.
Toronto Rock 8, Boston Blazers 7 (OT)A crowd of over 11,000 saw the Rock take an overtime win against the Blazers when rookie forward Garrett Billings scored on a power play in the extra period. Billings finished the game with a goal and three assists for Toronto.
Colin Doyle had two goals and four assists for Toronto and Stephan Leblanc had a goal and five assists to help the home team take a 6-4 lead going into the final quarter before the Blazers stormed back to tie things with a 3-1 fourth quarter.
Gary Bining led Boston with a goal and three assists, while Anthony Cosmo helped keep them in the game with a 47-save performance.
The game was as much fun for fight fans as lacrosse fans, as the squads combined for 134 penalty minutes and had eight players ejected.
Washington 15, Edmonton 7
The Stealth continued to impress in the early season, capturing their second straight win to start the year behind seven points from Lewis Ratliff at home.
Rhys Duch, who finished with three goals, started the scoring just under three minutes in for Washington, which never relinquished the lead. The Rush kept it close into the second quarter, but a 37 minute stretch saw the Stealth score nine unanswered goals to open an unsurmountable lead.
Ryan Ward had two goals and an assist to lead the Rush, who were playing their first game of the season.
Minnesota 12, Calgary 10
The Minnesota Swarm avenged a season-opening loss to the Calgary Roughnecks with a 12-7 win on Friday that evened both squads at 1-1 on the year. Rookie Zack Greer had a goal and four assists for the Swarm, which ran out to a 5-1 lead after Calgary opened the scoring.
Aaron Wilson (2G, 2A), Tim Campeau (2, 2) and Callum Crawford (1, 3) all had big nights for Minnesota, which also got 41 saves from goalie Nick Patterson. Calgary was led by Josh Sanderson’s two goal, six assist performance with Tracey Kelusky (3, 4), Craig Conn (2, 4) and Dane Dobbie (2, 2) chipping in.
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