There were only two games this past weekend in the National Lacrosse League, and so you wouldn’t expect much movement at the top of the Money Ballers leader board. There wasn’t much — three teams still have nobody in the top ten and Calgary has nobody on the list at all — but we did have a lead change. I mentioned last week that with only two games this week, leader Joel McCready could retain his lead if only a few Money Baller goals were scored. The Rock and Roughnecks did their best to help McCready out, but the Mammoth and Stealth had other ideas.
In Toronto, only Colin Doyle’s go-ahead goal in the first and Rob Hellyer’s game-winner in the third counted for MB points. The Rock grabbed the lead early and never gave it up; in fact their lead was never less than three after the first quarter. That’s not to say that the ‘Necks were out of it — losing by 3 in a lacrosse game is nothing. But whenever Calgary tried to get some momentum, Toronto came right back to take the wind out of their sails. Hellyer led the game with only 2 MB points, and nobody on the Roughnecks picked up any.
The Vancouver Stealth opened their season on Saturday night with a very exciting game in Colorado. The Mammoth started strong, but the Stealth were able to Strike Back and Force Tye "Fighter" Belanger from the Mammoth net early in the second. His padawan Dillon Ward took over with the intention of giving his team A New Hope. The Stealth held their lead until the end of the third, when Adam Jones and the Mammoth decided they had a bad feeling about this and set their S-foils into attack position. Jones tied it, and then both teams started racking up the Money Baller points, trading tying and go-ahead goals.
With less than five minutes remaining, Jones maneuvered down the trench and hit the exhaust port not once but twice, scoring both the go-ahead and game-winning goals 32 seconds apart. The Mammoth hung on with an outstanding save from Ward in the dying seconds to grab their first win of the year and also receive medals from the Princess. Oh, and I think there was some kind of theme at the Pepsi Center that night but I forget what it was. Jones picked up a whopping 8 MB points, while Alex Gajic picked up 3 in his first NLL game since March 2012, including his first goal since April 2011.
With his 8 points on Saturday plus 2 from week one, Jones takes over the MB lead, dropping McCready down to second place and Philly’s Kevin Ross to third. There was also a scoring correction — Dan Dawson should have had 5 points last week, not 4.5. There are six games next week including two games each for Colorado, Buffalo, and Philadelphia, so expect a lot of movement in the leader board after week 3.
Here are the Money Baller standings after week two. The number in brackets after a player’s name is their ranking in the scoring race.
|As of Week 2||First||Fourth||OT|
|1||Adam Jones (T1)||COL||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||10.0|
|2||Joel McCready (T18)||ROC||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||6.0|
|3||Kevin Ross (T18)||PHI||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||5.5|
|4||Dan Dawson (T9)||ROC||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||5.0|
|5||Drew Westervelt (T9)||COL||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.5|
|Tyler Hass (T48)||MIN||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.5|
|7||Alex Turner (T48)||EDM||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.0|
|John Grant Jr. (3)||COL||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.0|
|Cody Jamieson (T35)||ROC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.0|
|Alex Gajic (T4)||VAN||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.0|
|11||Riley Loewen (T48)||EDM||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.5|
|Tyler Digby (T9)||VAN||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.5|
|Ryan Ward (T9)||PHI||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.5|
|Weekly leader||Overall leader|
|Week 1||Joel McCready||Joel McCready|
|Week 2||Adam Jones||Adam Jones|
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