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.@NLLwings drop heartbreaking 8-7 decision to Black Wolves in OT

Saturday, 18th January 2020

Categories Box lacrosse, Boy's/Men's, Pro  
 

Phillylacrosse.con, Posted 1/18/20
From Press Release

In a game that featured two of the league’s best offensive talents, their goaltenders stole the show as New England fought back to win a gritty 8-7 National Lacrosse League overtime victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night.

The Black Wolves (4-0) came into the game with one of the league’s highest scoring offenses and the league’s top goal differential but Philadelphia (3-2) was riding high, winning its last three games after an opening night loss.

Philadelphia’s Matt Rambo (La Salle grad, Springside CHA assistsnt coach) had given the Wings a 7-6 lead late in the third period with his third goal. But the Wings did not score in the final 17:57 of regulation and The Black Wolves tied it 3:36 into the final frame on a goal by Joe Resetarits.

New England captain Brett Manney (NXT Showcase director, Holy Ghost prep/Delaware grad) had an assist and two loose balls in leading the stingy Black Wolves defense.

After New England’s defense, and Jamieson, stood tall in overtime, Callum Crawford was finally able to capitalize on the team’s fourth move up floor. Crawford (three goals) took the ball from the left side of the floor and drove to the front of the net burying the ball past Higgins as he flew through the crease. The controversial goal was reviewed but inconclusive evidence and the call of the lead official allowed the winning goal to stand for New England.

The Black Wolves were coming off two straight bye weeks after starting the season 3-0, the best start in franchise history. The rust showed early as the Wings jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first half. New England’s two first half goals was their lowest scoring half this season. In fact, New England had only scored two or less goals in a quarter only twice all season, and before the second quarter, they were only shut out in a quarter once this season. New England also never trailed at halftime before Saturday’s game with Philadelphia.

New England goalie Doug Jamieson (50 saves) kept them in the game stopping 23 of 28 shots in the first half as his offense took some time to shake the rust and catch a rhythm on the other side of the floor. Philadelphia goalie Zach Higgins (47 saves) was equally as good stopping 20 of 22 opportunities in the first half from the Black Wolves.

The Black Wolves came out for the second half looking like the team we saw in their first three games of the season. This high powered New England offense scored three straight to open the second half and tied the game at five, midway through the third quarter.

In a game headlined by offensive stars like Crawford and Crowley, the National Lacrosse League’s top two faceoff guys were also showing off their talents. Philadelphia’s Trevor Baptiste dominated New England’s Joe Nardella winning 14 of 19 draws for the Wings. The Black Wolves also looked much slower than the Wings getting their offensive players on the floor in transition, which could easily be excused by having the last two weeks off.

As the clock ran down in the final frame, New England’s Joe Resetarits fired a booming overhand shot from outside to tie the game at seven. Sending the game to overtime meant this would be New England’s first one goal game of the season.

Scoring 1 2 3 4 OT T
Philadelphia 1 4 2 0 0 -7
New England 2 0 4 1 1 -8

Team Stats SOG SOFF LB FO
Philadelphia 57 27 59 14-19
New England 55 23 76 5-19

Power Plays PP PIM
Philadelphia 0-2 2
New England 0-0 6

Scoring Summary
V – H # Q Team Time Scored By Assists PP SH
0 – 1 1 1 NE 4:07 S.Leblanc D.Emala N.Chaykowsky
1 – 1 2 1 PHI 7:02 A.Joaquim I.Llord
1 – 2 3 1 NE 12:06 C.Crawford B.Manney M.Mitchell
2 – 2 4 2 PHI 4:13 K.Crowley B.Riorden C.Vitarelli
3 – 2 5 2 PHI 5:09 A.Pace
4 – 2 6 2 PHI 11:09 B.Riorden K.Crowley J.Currier
5 – 2 7 2 PHI 14:27 M.Rambo K.Matisz S.Charbonneau
5 – 3 8 3 NE 2:28 C.Crawford A.Kew J.Durston
5 – 4 9 3 NE 3:52 J.Resetarits S.Leblanc
5 – 5 10 3 NE 6:00 T.Malcom G.Downing
6 – 5 11 3 PHI 8:09 M.Rambo R.Wagner Z.Higgins
6 – 6 12 3 NE 9:14 R.O’Connor S.Leblanc
7 – 6 13 3 PHI 12:03 M.Rambo C.Vitarelli K.Crowley
7 – 7 14 4 NE 3:36 J.Resetarits R.O’Connor S.Leblanc
7 – 8 15 5 NE 3:47 C.Crawford T.Malcom J.LaFontaine

Philadelphia Roster
No. Name G A +/- PIM S SOFF LB T CT FO TOF
1 M.Rambo 3 0 0 0 13 5 5 2 0 –
2 E.Shewell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 –
9 T.Baptiste 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 14-19
10 B.Riorden 1 1 0 0 5 1 1 3 0 –
11 B.Hickey (A) 0 0 0 0 11 6 5 0 0 –
12 L.Patten 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 –
18 S.Charbonneau 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 –
21 K.Crowley (A) 1 2 0 0 9 5 1 2 0 –
23 C.Vitarelli 0 2 0 0 6 2 2 4 0 –
27 J.Currier 0 1 0 0 5 7 2 1 0 –
29 I.Llord 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 –
33 A.Joaquim 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 –
41 A.Pace 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 –
46 K.Matisz (C) 0 1 0 0 6 0 7 1 0 –
55 L.Byrnes 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 1 –
93 D.Waud 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 –
94 R.Wagner 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 –
31 Z.Higgins 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 –
36 B.Miller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 –
Totals: 7 11 2 57 27 59 13 6 14-19

Philadelphia Goalie

Z.Higgins (loss) 63:47 55 shots 12 8 12 13 2 47 saves 8 goals against


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