If close games are what you like, you must’ve loved the ninth week of NLL action. Four of the five games saw teams separated by three goals or less, and one overtime thriller in Buffalo. Even with teams in such tight battles, fans were treated to some spectacular scoring displays. For example, Athan Iannucci, with his first of four against Minnesota, rolled underneath his man, barrelled toward the crease and dove far side to sneak the ball just past the foot of Tyler Carlson. Similar to Iannucci, Cody Jamieson had a four-goal game this week, and keeping with the similarity, Jamieson’s first goal was one of the best of the night. Jamieson spun off a pick then spun past another Mammoth defender to get some time alone in front, threw a few fakes, and put Rochester’s first of the night on the board.
Paul Rabil showed why some say he may be the best athlete in lacrosse, beating a Bandit defender with quick feet, then rocketing off the turf like a space shuttle to bring the ball back short side on Anthony Cosmo. That same game, Kevin Buchanan scored a beautiful transitional goal, swimming over David Brock, then switching hands to rocket a right handed shot past Cosmo. Staying in Buffalo, Jordan Hall reminded us that sometimes great goals all come down to timing. And scoring the Wings tenth goal with just under four seconds left in regulation to propel the contest into overtime, Jordan Hall has excellent timing.
All the goals mentioned so far came from close games. The only decisive victory this week was still a shock. Edmonton beat Calgary by five to win the battle for Alberta for the first time in 12 regular season games. This game saw some fantastic individual efforts from Roughneck players, despite the team’s inability to come together as a whole. Joe Resetarits took some punishment to slide underneath his man and fly through the air to score and bring Calgary within seven in the third quarter. Curtis Dickson also impressed with an individual effort, literally beating four Rush players by himself before turning and firing for the goal. There were great Roughneck efforts, but the most spectacular goal of the game belonged to Mark Mathews. The human highlight machine caught a pass from Chris Corbeil, looked as though he was going to fire a quick stick goal, but instead dove from behind the net to get the wrap around goal, much to the dismay of helpless Calgary goaltender Mike Poulin.
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