Boushy Pots Seven As Toronto Takes Sole Possession Of First Place

The Las Vegas Desert Dogs (4-7) welcomed the Toronto Rock (9-2) to Michelob ULTRA Arena for the first meeting between these teams on Friday. 

The Desert Dogs defeated the Knighthawks 12 – 8 during their inaugural visit to Rochester this last weekend, finishing the game on a five-goal run. Rob Hellyer (15g,32a), Jack Hannah (13g,27a), Casey Jackson (21g,15a) and Zack Greer (11g, 17a) lead the Las Vegas attack.

The Rock stopped the Vancouver Warriors 9-5 last week at home for their eighth win of the season.  Toronto’s offensive leaders are Mark Matthews (17g, 32a), Corey Small (25g, 13a) and Dan Craig (18g, 20a). They have a 55% conversion rate on the power play, with Small leading the league with nine power play goals. Nick Rose leads the league with 8.96 goals allowed average and 82% save percentage.

The goaltending match-up had Nick Rose in net for Toronto facing Landon Kells in net for the Desert Dogs.

The Desert Dogs got off ta a good start with Jack Hannah (6g,0a) staking them to a 2-0 lead.  But a four goal run for Toronto put them in a lead they would never relinquish the rest of the night.

Chris Boushy (7g,4a) owned the area behind the Vegas net, scoring time after time diving forward.  The Rock defense got stronger as the night progressed, holding Las Vegas to just four goals in the second half, en route to a 16-11 victory.

Of note, Mark Matthews hit a major milestone in the first half.  Matthews assisted on the Rock’s fifth goal, which was his 1000th career point.

To The Game:

Jack Hannah scored two goals to open the game for Las Vegas.  His first was with an outside shot off a Sean Westley pass at 2:14, followed by a power-play marker off a Zack Greer feed at 7:04.

Toronto got on track when Chris Boushy scored on a two man advantage off a Corey Small pass at 9:07, followed by Mark Matthews also scoring on the power-play off a Marley Angus feed at 10:43.

The Rock kept pushing with Justin Martin scoring in transition off a Brad Kri pass at 11:17, followed by Boushy diving from behind the net to score the Rock’s fourth goal off a Tom Schreiber pass at 12:50.

After one quarter Toronto 4 Las Vegas 2.

Second Quarter:

Jacob Ruest opened the second quarter scoring for the Desert Dogs off a Reid Reinholdt pass at 2:58, but was answered by a three goal run by Toronto.

Tom Schreiber converted a Mark Matthews pass at 4:02.  The Matthews point was his 1000th career point.  Dan Lintner then finished a Corey Small pass at 5:22, followed by Small himself scoring off a Schreiber pass at 6:17. 

Jack Hannah came back with a pair of goals again.  His first was off a Rob Hellyer feed on the power-play at 7:21, followed by another conversion of a Rob Hellyer feed at 8:57.

Zack Kearney answered for Toronto off a Tom Schreiber pass at 10:22, but goals From Rob Hellyer and Jack Hannah’s fifth of the night brought the game to a one goal affair. But, Chris Boushy finished a Mark Matthews pass at 13:31 for a bit of breathing room.

At the half, Toronto 9 Las Vegas 7.

Third Quarter:

Zach Greer opened the second half scoring converting a Casey Jackson pass at 0:38 seconds, but two from Josh Dawick gave the Rock a little more breathing room.  His first from the outside was off a Mark Matthews pass at 1:07, followed by a shortside goal from the inside off a Chris Boushy feed at 4:34.

The Desert Dogs came back when Zach Greer finished a Tor Reinholdt pass at 8:57, but Chris Boushy dunked it from behind the net off a Corey Small feed at 12:28.  Josh Dawick then scored his third of the night off a Mark Matthews pass at 14:20.  Dylan Watson scored one more for the Desert Dogs with just 0:07 second left in the quarter.

After three quarters: Toronto 13 Las Vegas 10.

Fourth Quarter:

Chris Boushy continued the Rock scoring with two more from behind the net. He dove through the crease off a a Corey Small pass  at 3:17, followed by diving from behind the net again.  Boushy converted a Mark Matthews pass on  the power-play at 4:55 for his sixth of the night.

Jack Hannah scored his sixth of the night finishing a Rob Hellyer pass at 5:42. Chris Boushy not to be outdone, scorrd his seventh goal finishing a Phil Mazzuca pass at 14:53.

Final score, Toronto 16 Las Vegas 11.

The Three Stars:

1.  Chris Boushy
2. Jack Hannah
3. Mark Matthews

Game Stats:

  • Toronto outshot the Desert Dogs 50-38.
  • The faceoff battle was dominated by TD Ierlan of the Rock 26-5.
  • Toronto won the loose ball battle as well 73-63.
  • Las Vegas went 2 for 2 on the power-play, while the Rock went 4 for 5.

Top Scorers:

Toronto Rock:

  • Chris Boushy 7g, 4a
  • Mark Matthews 1g, 8a
  • Tom Schreiber 1g, 5a

Las Vegas Desert Dogs:

  • Rob Hellyer 1g, 6a
  • Jack Hannah 6g, 0a
  • Zack Greer 2g, 4a

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An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

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