February 17, 2010

'Necks Goalie Poulin Named NLL Player of Week

from press release

Calgary Roughnecks goaltender Mike Poulin was named the National Lacrosse League’s Overall Player of the Week for Week #6 of the 2010 NLL Season. The Week #6 NLL schedule consisted of games played on the weekend of February 12-14.

With his club hosting the Eastern Division leading Toronto Rock and trailing 5-1 in the second quarter, Poulin entered the game in place of starter Matt King. Poulin stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced, holding the Rock to three goals in the games final 42 minutes of play. The Roughnecks rallied to defeat Toronto 10-8 on Sunday.

Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares was named Offensive Player of the Week.  After missing the first six games of the season due to injury, Tavares scored two goals and four assists in a 13-11 win at Philadelphia on Saturday.

Bandits goaltender Angus Goodleaf was named Defensive Player of the Week. With the Bandits trailing the Wings 5-0 in first quarter, Goodleaf was called upon to replace starter Mike Thompson. The rookie netminder stopped 37 of the 43 shots he faced, allowing only six goals over the game’s final 53 minutes, as the visiting Bandits came from behind to win the contest 13-11 in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The Transition Player of the Week was Jay Thorimbert of the Minnesota Swarm. Thorimbert had three goals on only four shots while picking up 13 loose balls, helping the Swarm to a 16-12 win over the previously undefeated Washington Stealth.

Toronto Rock Forward Stephen Leblanc was voted Rookie of the Week. This was the second consecutive week that Leblanc has won the award. In two games this past weekend, Leblanc tallied eleven points on five goals and six assists. Leblanc scored four goals and had three assists in a 16-7 victory over Edmonton on Friday. On Sunday, the rookie tallied a goal and three assists in a 10-8 loss at Calgary.

The NLL Weekly Player Awards are determined each week by a vote of the General Managers & Head Coaches of the league’s eleven member clubs. 

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