The red-hot Shooting Eagles picked up their third consecutive win with a 13-6 defeat of the Grizzlies.
These two teams met up a few weeks ago with the Grizzlies snagging an Overtime win.
“They outworked us. Loose balls, getting up and down the floor, transition goals … they just outworked us all over the floor. We didn’t quit, so that was good, but I didn’t like the effort. I don’t feel like we put the effort in that we need to win games. We are a team which needs to work hard.” Grizzlies Head Coach, Rob Williams spoke candidly about the defeat.
What Went On?
Each team hit paydirt twice in the opening fifteen minutes.
New acquisition, William Van Den Hooven (2g,2a) kicked off the scoring with just twenty seconds elapsed with helpers going to, Mitchell Nolet (1a) accompanied by Cody Garrison (1a) and, just like that the 5-3 Grizzlies seized a 1-0 lead.
The goal exchange kicked off when League scoring leader, Jake Foster (2g, 4a) buried a transition goal started by net minder, Andrew Gallant who hit Rhys Blake (1a) to set up the game tying goal at 11:23.
The Grizzlies had an answer with Van Den Hooven hitting James Baker (1g, 1a) in stride for a power play marker.
it was the Eagles turn with Cole Christianes (1g, 1a) nailing an unassisted lamp lighter that closed the 2-2 quarter.
This marked the turning point with the Eagles blitzing for a four goals to one, fifteen minutes.
Cole Paceiejewski (1g, 1a), Declan Fitzpatrick (2g, 2a) followed by Sam Clare (3g,1a) who was acquired earlier in the week for James Rahe, pushed it to a 5-2 lead.
“They have the two hottest scorers right now in Foster and Fairall so I knew I was already coming into an established offence, which is nice, they have a lot of talented guys out there and today you really saw everything come together.” new addition, Sam Clare.
The run was thwarted when Andrew Gresham (1g) converted a Jacob Patterson, Brian Smith (1a) set up.
Foster and Dean Fairall were the set up guys for Clare’s second of the quarter that closed the half with a 6-3 Eagles edge.
To The Third
The Eagles domination continued when Fairall and Foster set up new line-mate Clare for a man-up tally
Foster (2g, 4a) hit rope with Fairall cashing in on another advantage
Declan Fitzpatrick and Doug Porter (1g, 1a) finished the deluge to make it an 11-3 contest.
With 1:53 to play, Jacob Patterson (1g,1a) put an end to the rally and the third quarter with the Eagles holding the 11-4 lead.
Wind it Down Time
A minute and a half in, Coady Adamson (1g) hit rope to get it to 12-4.
Van Den Hooven and Mark Yingling (1g, 3a) exchanged goals with Erik Maas (1g,1a) notching a power play goal to close the scoring on the 13-6 match.
Foster with his 21 goals and 53 points lead the ALL West with Dean Fairall (22 goals with 43 points) is second in the league.
Andrew Gallant got player of the game honors with his two assists and 41 saves.
Shots on Goal favored the Grizzlies, 47-42.
Power plays were plentiful with the Grizzlies having 6 minors and the Eagles whistled nine times.
The Grizzlies employed two goalies with Kyle Mooney stopping 18 of 26 in 32:01 and Brandon Humphrey knocking back 17 in his 27:59.
The Grizzlies converted just twice and the Eagles nailed two as well.
Domination in the West.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.