Wednesday, January 17, 2007

NLL Week 3 Recap

so turns out the NLL did have a wicked weekend of action last week - despite the fact we never gotta see any scores or highlights on tv. fyi, here's last week's game scores. there were 8 total games, half of them were decided by one-goal:

SJ 17 (Doyle 0,9; Zywicki 7,0) @ Calgary 16 OT (Ratcliff 4,4; Kelusky 3,4)
- Zywicki's a fucking stud. period. The 25 yr-old was big in Canada's win over the American's this past summer when Canada took the Worlds, named best attackman and all-world. that's after tearing up college (umass) and playing mll (outlaw).
- Zywicki scored 7 goals for SJ, in the win over Calgary, and is one of the league's brightest young stars. another: Ratcliff, who tallied a quite eight points in the game...

lewis has been a scoring champ at every level, int.a, jr.a, sr.a... and we wouldn't doubt if he wins the NLL scoring race this yr... ratcliff's improved his output ever year in the NLL, putting up 91 points in 16 games last year. his post-season stats: 6 games, 38 points... look for both of these guys, Zywicki and Ratcliff, to be tearing up the NLL for many more years to come...

Buffalo 16 (Steenhuis 5,1; Tavaras 3,3)
vs NY 14 (C. Powell 3,2; Schindler, 3,1)
- The Bandits outscored New York 6-1 in the first quarter and proved too much for the new franchise outta n.y.c. Despite the potential fire-power on NY, the squad went just 4-11 on the pp. Buffalo was 3-5.

Portland 14 (P. Morgan 3,6; Bateman 2,2)
@ Phili 12 (Ratcliffe 3,1; Kyle Wailes 2,2)
- Talking about scoring champs, Peter Morgan was simply dominate in the junior ranks while with PoCo, winning the scoring race twice - with the second highest scorer not even close to his point tally the second yr round. Morgan later played college at SFU... Portland improves to 2-0 on the season, proving us wrong. that once again, they know how to win...

Rochester 10 (Sh. Evans 3,1; Grant 1,2)
vs Rock 6 (Wilson 3,1; Sanderson 1,3)
- Though Grant was held to just one tally, the Rock simply couldn't compete with the top team from the East. In fact, Rochester limited Toronto to just six goals for the entire game... the knighthawks will be tough to beat this year...

Chicago 11 (Harasym 2,4; Clark 0,7)
@ Minny 10 (Stewart 1,3; Ward 1,2)
- Chicago scored at the 11min mark of the 4th to tie the game. Chris Panos then scored just 30 sec later for the win, off a feed from Harasym. With the w, chicago improves to a surprising 2-0 on the season. it was minny's first game of the season. they're in tough with rochester and buffalo this coming weekend.

Cal 13 (Kelusky 1,4; Ratcliff 2,2)
@ Edm 12 (Wulder 2,4; Stroup 3,2; Daly 1,4)
- as noted in the rant below, D. Wray scored the winner at 12:15 of the 4th to give Calgary the 13,12 win... sounded like a great game. too bad it never got any coverage...

Col 11 (Carey 4-2; N. Gajic 0,4)
vs. Buff 10 OT (Tavares 3,2; Steenhuis 0,0)
- Burnaby, BC product Nenad Gajic assisted on Colorado's final two goals, first by Coq. laxer Jason Bloom to tie the game at 13:09, 4thQ... then on Dan Carey's winner in OT - improving Colorado to a league best 3-0 on the season. (The Gajic's have won many Minto Cups outta Burnaby, and Nenad may be the best laxer outta all the brother's. He'll be a very solid pro for the Mammoth, under the legend, G. Gait)

Zona 14 (Dawson 4,4; Conn 2,5)
@ SJ 11 (Doyle 1,6; Rosyski 3,2)
- Zona scored 5 straight to start the forth quarter and that was the difference in this one as the Sting win by 3. Dan Dawson and Craig Conn both had big games for arizona, finishing with 8 and 7 points respectively...

Here are the standing after wk. 3:


West Division

Team W L GF GA
Colorado 3 0 41 31
Portland 2 0 25 22
Calgary 1 1 29 29
Edmonton 1 1 25 25
Arizona 1 1 20 21
San Jose 1 2 39 44

East Division

Team W L GF GA
Chicago 2 0 26 22
Rochest. 2 1 39 37
Buffalo 1 2 36 36
Minny 0 1 10 11
Toronto 0 1 6 10
Philly 0 2 24 27
New York 0 2 26 31