NLL 3 Stars: Week 12

Angus Goodleaf had a great relief outing for the Knighthawks Saturday. (Photo: Ward LaForme, Jr)
Angus Goodleaf had a great relief outing for the Knighthawks Saturday. (Photo: Ward LaForme, Jr)

Backup goalies needed to be ready for action this past weekend in the National Lacrosse League. Five teams switched goalies at least once in the five games played. Sometimes a goalie is pulled because he’s not playing well, sometimes a coach will make a switch to try to change up the momentum of a game. And sometimes it works. Tyler Carlson almost managed to help the Swarm to a comeback win as Minnesota managed to tie things up at home, but they ultimately fell just short in overtime. Evan Kirk only gave up three goals even though he’s credited with having faced 20 shots in just 12:41 of playing time going back and forth with Brandon Miller. But the piece de resistance of backup appearances was turned in by Angus Goodleaf, who came in for the Knighthawks when Matt Vinc had one of his rare bad days in the Rochester net. See if the big man’s stellar stint was enough to crack the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars after the jump.

First Star

Cody Jamieson, Rochester Knighthawks
5 goals, 12 assists
Saturday night, Jamieson put on an absolute tour de force performance. Sunday, about half a dozen lacrosse people told me some variation of the statement that he is the best player in the game. Jammer is unstoppable one on one and if you leave someone open to help on him he’ll find that player. He can just take over a game, as he did when he scored 4 goals in five minutes to open the second half against Toronto and led the Knighthawks to a thorough domination of the final 30 minutes. Jamieson now sits second in the league in points, with 71.

Second Star

Colin Doyle, Toronto Rock
6 goals, 4 assists
Doyle put up another first-half hat trick Saturday, but on Sunday he saved his best for last and in the process saved the Rock’s bacon. The captain’s overtime winner makes a huge difference to Toronto’s situation, as the Swarm would have been sitting just a game back with a rematch coming to wrap up the season and the season series. Now they have a more solid grip on the third playoff spot in the East and they retain much more control of their own post-season fate.

Third Star

Angus Goodleaf, Rochester Knighthawks
27 saves, .871 save percentage
It’s hard to believe this was only Goodleaf’s second career win in the NLL, but he was full value for it. Vinc loves to play a lot, so Goodleaf doesn’t get many chances to shine. He took advantage of this one, stepping in and immediately looking composed and confident. He gave up only one goal each in the second and third quarters as the Knighthawks completely turned around the game.

Honourable Mentions

Tyler Carlson (Minnesota): 32/38, .842 save percentage. It was looking like a storybook ending and perhaps the beginning of a second-half surge for the Swarm until Doyle’s overtime heroics. Carlson was steady as a rock for Minny…Curtis Dickson (Calgary): 4g, 1a. Dickson was a bright spot in the darkness for the Roughnecks…Jeff Cornwall (Edmonton): 1g, 2a, 5LB, 3FT. Cornwall can be overshadowed by all the Rush’s tremendous defenders, but he put up a balanced stat line that reflected his strong play all over the floor Friday night…John Grant Jr. (Colorado): 4g, 2a, 7LB. Grant continues to be among the most deadly power play weapons in the game; 3 of his goals came with the man advantage…Mark Steenhuis (Buffalo): 3g, 2a. His fourth hat trick in the last five games…Dan Dawson (Rochester): 4g, 9a. Had 7 helpers in the win over Toronto…Chris Corbeil (Edmonton): 2g, 8LB. A couple of ginos and 8 off the ground for the guy whose Twitter handle is iLoveLOOSIES…Garrett Billings (Toronto): 6g, 5a. Kept the league points lead and tied Shawn Evans for top spot in assists…Anthony Cosmo (Buffalo): 45/54, .833 save percentage. Almost identical numbers to last week. The most important number to him, of course, is one more added in the win column…Craig Point (Rochester): 4g, 1a. Finally got back in the lineup after missing much of the season and made it count with a big day against Philly…Joel Dalgarno (Colorado): 3g, 2a. A week after setting up Sean Pollock’s OT winner, Dalgarno stepped into the shooter’s role with his hat trick against the Bandits.

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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