NLL Weekend Wrap

Despite the lite schedule this weekend, there was plenty of action in the arena. In National Lacrosse League | NLL play, Calgary won a thriller against the defending champions and Minnesota may have salvaged a season.

Toronto Rock (4-4) opened the weekend with a 14-12 victory against the Minnesota Swarm to get to the .500 mark and solidify their third place position in the NLL East. After earning a 13-4 lead in three quarters of play, Toronto had to hold on in the fourth as the Swarm rallied for eight goals in the final frame (six in the final 3 1/2 minutes). Minnesota ended the game with a 58-47 shot advantage, 21 of those coming in the final quarter.

Josh Sanderson (3 goals, 3 assists) and Stephan Leblanc (3 goals, 2 assists) both recorded hat tricks for the Rock, fueled by Garrett Billings nine assists. Jordan MacIntosh led all goal scorers with five and won 21 of 29 face-offs while rookie Logan Schuss (1 goal, 5 assists) had one of his best games in his early NLL career.

Logan Schuss

In Alberta the Calgary Roughnecks (5-3) won their third-straight game with an impressive 11-10 win against the Rochester Knighthawks. An early 5-1 lead was not enough for Rochester (5-3) as the Roughnecks chipped away all game until finally taking command in the final five minutes.

Dane Dobbie (3 goals, 2 assists) and Curtis Dickson (2 goals, 2 assists provided nearly half of the scoring for Calgary. Stephen Keogh (3 goals, 2 assists) and Cody Jamieson (2 goals, 5 assists) led the Knighthawks attack.

Minnesota (2-7) closed out the weekend with another comeback; this time it was enough to stop the host Philadelphia Wings 15-14. The Swarm spotted Philadelphia a 6-1 lead early on, but a second half comeback came in time as they took the season series against the Wings 2-1.

Schuss (5 goals, 2 assists) and MacIntosh (5 assists) again led the Minnesota offense while Zach Higgins earned the victory in net after relieving starter Tyler Carlson. Higgins stopped 22 of 27 shots in the 34 minutes he played. Kevin Crowley (2 goals, 8 assists) and Pat Saunders (4 goals, 2 assists) led the Wings scorers.

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