It’s getting crowded atop the National Lacrosse League West Division. Thanks to Edmonton’s 18-13 win over Calgary last night, the Rush and Roughnecks are both 5-5 and in a virtual tie with the Washington Stealth (5-4) for first place. Edmonton led 9-6 at the half and put the game away with a 7-2 third quarter. Ryan Ward’s 10-point night (2g, 8a) led the way for the northern cousins as they finally snapped their Battle of Alberta regular-season losing streak at an even dozen games. Mark Matthews and Zack Greer each had a hat trick and an assist for Edmonton. It was clearly a night for offence as none of the three goalies who played posted a save percentage north of .700. Jeff Shattler was the top Roughneck scorer with 3 goals and 3 assists. Shawn Evans, Dane Dobbie and Joe Resetarits all had 2 goals and 2 assists for Calgary.
Washington’s game against Minnesota tonight has the potential to create a true three-way tie for first place if the Stealth lose to the Swarm. If that were to happen, the Swarm would pull to 4-5 and the top four teams in the division would be within a half-game of each other.
The Colorado Mammoth lost a chance to stay closer to the pack than the 2-6 at which they now sit after losing a nail-biter to the Rochester Knighthawks last night. Colorado came close, putting what would have been a game-tying goal in just a couple of seconds after the final buzzer in a 12-11 loss at home. Rochester improved to 4-5 and stayed within striking distance of the pack in the East Division thanks to Cody Jamieson’s 4 goals and a hat trick from Johnny Powless.
John Grant, Jr. scored 7 points (2g, 5a) for the Mammoth to lead all scorers and Jordan McBride added a hat trick and an assist. Adam Jones (2g, 2a), Gavin Prout (1g, 3a) and Mat MacLeod (1g, 3a) all chipped in with 4-point nights for Colorado.
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