With another short week this past weekend in the National Lacrosse League, we’ve scaled back the amount of stars we hand out in our weekly 3 Star Challenge to reflect.
First Stars (50 Points)
Jeff Shattler, Calgary
Lesser impact in his own end than in some games this year (outside of that shorty and some good penalty kill minutes) and a couple of his game leading 9-points were buried on an empty Stealth cage, but Shattler definitely had far reaching impact during Calgary’s 17-13 win over Washington, easily one of this year’s most versatile ball players from start to finish. An MVP contender? Currently leading our 3 Star Challenge, we definitely think so. Not afraid to get his hands dirty but also a high impact, skilled point producer. There have been few like Shattler in 2011.
John Tavares, Buffalo Bandits
On that from behind the cage, short handed, courtesy of an equally slick Roger Vyse feed, finish on Anthony Cosmo alone Tavares deserves First Star love this week, finishing Saturday night’s second straight win over the Boston Blazers with 4-goals and a pair of assists. Below, check out highlights from the game, Tavares’ reel melter at the 28 second mark…
Second Stars (30 Points)
Tom Montour, Buffalo Bandits
Shattler mighta landed a Transition Player of the Week nod due to his lofty point total, but not sure anyone worked the rug between the restraining lines like Montour, who smashed some bodies in his own end, was impossible to leash up on the press, and even helped set up a pair of goals, including Chris Corbeil’s on ice finish. “When you watch him play, he might not be the best one-on-one guy, he might be the best team defense guy,” said Buffalo Head Coach Darris Kilgour in a recent article in the Buffalo News. “But he just works so hard. The guys love having him. They know he’s going to break the ball up the floor. The guy is like the Energizer Bunny. He just keeps going. There’s never a time when he says he’s too tired to go.” Montour also landed a much deserved spot on the Iroquois Nationals 31-man roster today.
Dane Dobbie, Calgary Roughnecks
It took him a bit of time to heat up, but once Dobbie reached his boiling point in the fourth period he proved next to impossible to contain, helping the Roughnecks close the casket on a Stealth team that just couldn’t hang for a full 60 minutes against the current West Division leaders.
Third Stars (10 Points)
Scott Self, Buffalo Bandits
No disrespect to Corbeil, who has been a regular in this year’s 3 Star Challenge and landed the league’s Defender of the Week award today, but how good was Scott Self in the win over the B’s? A force in his own end and flipping a beautiful no-look pass on the press to ignite that Corbeil goal that completely put the game out of reach for Boston. Although the Swarm are doing fine without him so far this year, Kilgour has to be happy with the leadership and fundamental D Self has given the Banditos this year, picked up in a trade over the off-season.
Damon Edwards, Boston Blazers
Out of all the losing efforts in Week 10, rookie Damon Edwards mighta been the most 3 Star worthy, continuing to excel in Boston’s defensive system and seemingly going for broke on every shift. His best moment in Week 10? Goalie Nick Rose, who gave the Blazers an impressive relief effort, coughed up what should have been an easy direct pass to Edwards on the outlet, instead finding a Buffalo forward on the doorstep with what shouda been a gimmie goal. Stationed just inside the restraining line, Edwards appeared out of nowhere to bail out his keeper with a clutch stick-check from behind to keep a still close game at that point, well, close. A tank of an athlete and easily one of this year’s most impressive defensive rookies.
Check out our updated leaderboard below…
|Jeff Shattler||CAL||21G, 29A, , 3SHG, 64LB||4||0||0||200|
|Bob Watson||TOR||9-1, 9.00GAA, .812SV%||2||3||0||190|
|Colin Doyle||TOR||17G, 28A, 2SHG, 54LB||3||0||1||160|
|Stephan Leblanc||TOR||27G, 32A, 1SHG, 55LB||2||2||0||160|
|Casey Powell||BOS||27G, 38A, 10PPG, 47LB||2||1||0||130|
|John Tavares||BUF||21G, 27A, 2PPG, 1SHG||2||1||0||130|
|Dan Dawson||BOS||20G, 48A, 3PPG, 45LB||1||2||1||120|
|Ryan Benesch||MIN||27G, 25A, 3PPG, 10FT||2||0||2||120|
|Mike Thompson||BUF||6-1, 9.30GAA, .789SV%||2||0||0||100|
|Nick Patterson||MIN||4-3, 10.58GAA, .786SV%||2||0||0||100|
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