February 15, 2009

NLL Week 7 Recap: Maddalena Leads Late N.Y. Rally

from press releases

NEW YORK - The New York Titans defeated the Rochester Knighthawks 15-9 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. The win improved New York's record to 5-3, while Rochester fell to 1-5.

Tied 7-7 in the third quarter, the Titans took over the game with five consecutive goals, including three from Pat Maddalena, to end the third quarter.

Maddalena scored five goals, while Mike McLellan added three. Titans goaltender Matt Vinc made 38 saves in the New York net.

Gary Gait and Aaron Wilson each scored three goals for the Knighthawks. Pat O'Toole made 45 saves on 60 shots faced.

These two teams meet again on Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester at 7:35pm Eastern.

Sat., Feb. 14

Steenhuis Sets NLL Mark in Bandits Win

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Bandits dominated the Toronto Rock, 25-10, in front of a sellout crowd of 18,690 at HSBC Arena on Saturday night. Mark Steenhuis broke a pair of records -- he recorded 17 points to beat John Grant's single-game points record of 15, and notched 13 assists to break Derek Malawsky's single-game assist record of 13 -- while Roger Vyse added six goals and John Tavares chipped in four.

Cory Bomberry scored three goals, and Sean Greenhalgh, Kevin Dostie and Tom Montour scored two apiece for the Bandits. Ken Montour got the win in goal.

Blaine Manning and Luke Wiles led Toronto with three goals apiece.

Buffalo improves to 6-1 with the win, while Toronto falls to 2-4.

Sat., Feb. 14

Colorado Hands Calgary First Loss

DENVER -- The Colorado Mammoth defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 13-12 on Saturday night in front of 17,712 fans at Pepsi Center in Denver. The Mammoth came back from a 10-6 deficit and held on to improve to 4-2, while Calgary dropped to 5-1.

Calgary opened the game with three consecutive goals, including a pair by Dane Dobbie. Colorado answered with three in a row of their own in the final five minutes of the quarter, with goals from Brian Langtry, Tyler Crompton and Jed Prossner for a 3-3 tie entering the second quarter. 

The Roughnecks picked up the scoring in the second. Kaleb Toth scored twice in the quarter and Dobbie scored his third goal of the game. Langtry and Crompton each scored their second goals of the game for the Mammoth. Calgary led 8-6 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Calgary goaltender Pat Campbell held Colorado scoreless for the first ten minutes, as Calgary built a 10-6 lead. Mammoth goals by Langtry and Matt Leveque brought the Mammoth back to within two at 10-8.

With Kaleb Toth serving a major penalty for high-sticking, Colorado got power plays goals from Jamie Shewchuk and Gary Rosyski to tie the score 10-10. A goal by Curt Malawsky midway through the quarter put Calgary back in the lead, but it would be short-lived. Less than a minute later, Colorado goals by Tom Ethington and Gavin Prout put the Mammoth back in the lead for good. Calgary had a 5-on-3 power play opportunity with less than two minutes remaining. A Josh Sanderson goal brought them to within one, but Mammoth goalie Andrew Leyshon made some great saves at the end to preserve the 13-12 win.

Colorado returns to action on Saturday, February 21 when the face the Stealth in San Jose. Calgary next plays on Sunday, February 22 when they host Boston.

Friday, Feb. 13

Blazers Stifle Philly

PHILADELPHIA - The Boston Blazers defeated the Philadelphia Wings, 7-4, at Wachovia Center on Friday. The Blazers jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back, as Anthony Cosmo and the Blazers defense held the Wings scoreless for 40-plus minutes, grabbing a 7-1 lead in the fourth quarter.

The Wings outscored the Blazers 3-1 in the waning minutes to avoid breaking a handful of undesirable records. The least amount of goals scored by a team in a game was two (three in regular season).

Cosmo finished with 33 saves and allowed just four goals (89.2% save percentage).

Jason Bloom led the Blazers with three goals, while Dan Dawson scored twice. Daryl Veltman, Matt Lyons and Nick Cotter added singles.

Matt Bocklet, Sean Thomson, Drew Westervelt and Kyle Wailes scored the goals for Philadelphia.

Boston (4-3) meets the Minnesota Swarm next Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Philadelphia (2-5) hosts the Swarm on Saturday at Wachovia Center.

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