Written by “Muffler” Mike Kostiuk
Lax Philly – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network
The Halifax Thunderbirds hosted the Albany FireWolves at ScotiaBank Centre in Halifax Friday night in the first of two games this weekend for the second-place team i the NLL. In another hotly-contested defensive contest, the FireWolves found a way to thrive in man-down situations, scoring three shorthanded goals en route to an 8-7 victory.
First Half Flash ‘n Dash
The first quarter saw plenty of end-to-end action, but netminders Doug Jamieson (47 saves) and Warren Hill (34 saves) put on a clinic. As a result, the lone goal of the stanza came courtesy of league-leading scorer Joe Resetarits (2g, 2a: 7:20). As the second quarter began, the defensive units began to get a bit loose, the whistles started blowing, and the scoring opened up. Andrew Kew (1g, 2a) increased the lead to 2-0 just 58 seconds in. Halifax would equalize with
markers from Austin Shanks (3g 1a; 2:49) and Chris Boushy 1g;4:30) Then the unlikely treasure trove of shorthanded goals from Albany started, with captain Brett Manney, notching his first goal of the year at 9:29. While still on the power play, Shanks’s second (9:42) and captain Cody Jamieson (1g, 1a; 11:59) gave Halifax a 4-3 lead. A hat-trick goal from Shanks at 14:09 made it 5-3, but Jacob Ruest (1g. 1a; 14:59) beat the halftime buzzer off a rebound for the second time in a game this season to close the gap to 5-4..
Deja Vu All Over Again
Charlie Kitchen (2g) opened a penalty-filled third quarter with the FireWolves second shorthanded goal at 5:20. Resetarits re-established Albany’s lead with his second of the night on a power play at 8:11, then Kitchen tallied a second shorthanded goal at 12:25 to make it 7-5. Reilly O’Connor extended the lead to three, going top cheese in transition at 3:58 of the final frame.
The scored remained unchanged until the final few minutes, when the Thunderbirds pulled Hill for an extra attacker. Clarke Petterson, (1g , 2a; 12:58) cut the deficit to two with a quick-stick from a narrow angle. Kyle Jackson then made it a one-goal game with 19 seconds left. Albany defender Joe Nardella, won the ensuing faceoff, pushing the ball toward the empty net at the Halifax end of the floor. The FireWolves were able to call timeout, and ran out the last few seconds to escape with their second win over Halifax this season, and the first win by a visiting team at “The Nest” since the Thunderbirds began play in 2019.
The Thunderbirds (8-2) travel to Georgia tonight to take on the Swarm in the back end of their doubleheader. The FireWolves (6-7) hold the 4th place spot in the East Division, pending the outcomes of Georgia’s and Philadelphia’s games tomorrow. Albany hosts Georgia in the rubber match of that season series on Saturday March 19.
3 Stars of the Game
- 1st Star. Doug Jamieson
- 2nd Star: Joe Resetarits
- 3rd Star: Warren Hill
Other Stats of Note
- Power Play: ALB 1 of 2; HFX 2 of 5
- Shawn Evans (HFX): 3 assists in his first game since being traded from Rochester
- Loose Balls: HFX 85, ALB 64
- Greg Downing (ALB): 11 Loose Balls (led all players)
- Faceoffs: Nardella (ALB) 10 of 18; Jake Withers (HFX) 8 of 18
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, he made an association with Kevin Neibauer of Lax Philly, who convinced him to come on board and write for them. The rest they say is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.