Williams gets 1,000th point but Riggers spoil the party with huge fourth quarter; Jones does his best Junior impression
Shawn Williams became the sixth player in National Lacrosse League history to score 1,000 points last night and for a while it looked like it had a chance to come in a win. But Shawn Evans and the Calgary Roughnecks blanked Williams’ Edmonton Rush 7-0 in the fourth quarter to pull away to win 16-9 and sweep the home-and-home weekend series. Williams joins an elite group with John Tavares, Gary Gait, Colin Doyle, Josh Sanderson and John Grant Jr.
The game was tied 8-8 at the half and 9-9 after three quarters, but then it was all Calgary. Evans scored 3 of his 5 goals, including one on a penalty shot, as the Roughnecks ran roughshod over Edmonton in the final frame. Peter McFetridge also had a huge game for the Riggers, scoring a hat trick and adding 2 assists and 9 loose balls in his top performance of the year. Mike Poulin made 40 saves to earn the win. Geoff Snider and Jeff Shattler contributed a pair of goals each.
Zack Greer scored 3 times and added an assist for Edmonton. Scott Evans had 2 and 2 to give him 8 goals for the weekend.
The big question in Colorado was how the Mammoth would fair without league-leading scorer Grant, who is out for the weekend series with an upper body injury. Just fine so far, as it turns out. Sean Pollock scored with a minute to play and Cameron Holding potted an empty-netter to give Colorado a 13-11 win over Washington and move them to 8-1. They can clinch a playoff spot by beating the Stealth again tonight in Everett.
Adam Jones stepped up in Junior’s absence with 3 goals and 4 assists. Pollock, Derek Hopcroft and Jamie Lincoln each scored a pair. Lewis Ratcliff led Washington with 4 goals and 2 assists. Dean Hill had 2 of each.
In Rochester, a trio of Knighthawks scored hat tricks and Matt Vinc made 49 saves in a 13-10 win that extended Buffalo’s franchise-record losing streak to six games. Cody Jamieson, Cory Vitarelli and Johnny Powless were the K’Hawks’ marksmen while Mike Accursi had 6 assists.
John Tavares, Kevin Buchanan and Mark Steenhuis each scored twice for Buffalo and Luke Wiles had a goal and 5 assists. Mike Thompson was pulled from the net just 19:03 into the game, but the change to Anthony Cosmo wasn’t enough to stem the Knighthawks decisive 7-0 second quarter.
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