The Las Vegs Desert Dogs visited MVP Arena Saturday night to face the Albany FireWolves in their second meeting this season. The Fire Wolves suffered their first loss at the hands of San Diego two weeks ago. They would also be without the services of goaltender Doug Jamieson, who suffered an injury in that loss. Meanwhile, the Desert Dogs were coming off a 21-12 shellacking at the hands of Panther City. However, Las Vegas would rebound in stellar fashion, holding the FireWolves scoreless for a stretch of over XX minutes in a XX-YY victory. The Desert Dogs improve to 3-4 with the win, earning a split in the season series with Albany in the process. The FireWolves suffer their second straight loss after starting the season 6-0.

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Desert Dogs limit damage in low scoring first half

The first quarter was all Albany, as they opened with a three-goal run. Ethan Walker (1:18), Travis Longboat (2:16), and Tye Kurtz (11:04 power play) put the FireWolves up 3-0 after 15 minutes of play. However, the pendulum would swing the other way in the second quarter. The Desert Dogs would shut out Albany, while getting goals from Casey Jackson (2:27) and Rob Hellyer (11:29) to cut the deficit to 3-2 going into halftime.

Desert Dogs pull away in second half

Las Vegas continued their run with Hellyer’s second (4:07, assisted by goalie Landon Kells) and Jacob Ruest (5:48) to take a 4-3 lead. Nathan Grenon (10:12) ended the Vegas run, as well as a scoring drought of over 29 minutes for Albany. But the Desert Dogs would keep up the pressure, starting another three-goal run into the fourth quarter. Goals from Connor Kirst (12:11) and Jackson (14:24 power play) put Vegas up 6-4 after three quarters. Jack Hannah followed at 1:45 of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 7-4.

Mike Byrne (5:48) narrowed the margin to 7-5, but Hannah’s second goal (6:42) and a marker from Sean Westley (13:34) put the Desert Dogs up by four. Walker netted his second eight seconds later to close the scoring.

Other Stats of Note

Leading rookie scorer Alex Simmons was held to just 3 assists

Albany won the faceoff battle 16-4 and the loose ball battle 83-62

Power Play: LV 1 for 3; ALB 1 for 4

Landon Kells (LV): 46 saves; Justin Geddie (ALB): 45 saves

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.