Jackson Scores Eight But Desert Dogs Still Fall

The Las Vegas Desert Dogs faced the Vancouver Warriors at Rogers Arena in the first of two meetings this season. Both teams are struggling at or near the bottom of the Unified Standings, so a win would keep their potential playoff hopes alive. Casey Jackson had a huge night scoring eight goals, but it wasn’t enough as the Desert Dogs fell 13-12 to the Warriors. Both teams are now 4-9, tied with Colorado (who was idle this week) for 13th place.

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Jackson puts Desert Dogs on his back in first half

Jackson opened the scoring for Las Vegas with a power play goal (3:35). Follow-up goals from Jack Hannah (4:30) and Connor Kirst (5:01) gave the Desert Dogs a 3-0 lead. Vancouver cut the lead to 3-2 after one quarter on markers from Ryan Martel (5:58) and Adam Charalambides (9:49).

Jackson opened the second quarter scoring four straight goals (0:53; 2:03; 3:40; 5:41 power play) to extend the Vegas lead to 7-2. The Warriors responded with a three-goal run from Reid Bowering (8:12), Martel (10:51), and Keegan Bal (13:03 power play). Dylan Watson (14:12) and Brad McCulley (14:30) traded goals, and Las Vegas held an 8-6 lead at the half.

Warriors rally in second half behind Charalambides

Martel notched his hat trick to start the second half (4:17). Jackson responded with a power play goal (5:39) for his sock trick to make it 9-7. Vancouver put together another three-goal run to take the lead. Charalambides scored his second goal (10:01), then Bal added two more (11:10 power play; 12:02) for his hat trick and a 10-9 Warriors lead entering the fourth quarter.

Jackson’s hand remained hot in the fourth, scoring his seventh goal of the night (1:36) to tie the game again. Martel netted his fourth (2:04), but Jackson (8:16) quick-sticked a feed from Hannah for his eighth goal of the game to even it up at 11-11. Charalambides put the Warriors up again with his hat trick goal (10:29). Zack Greer leveled the game once more just over a minute later (11:35), but Charalambides would score his fourth of the night and the game winner with just 27 ticks left on the clock.

Despite their records, both teams sit only two games back of the 8th and final playoff spot with 5 games to play. The Desert Dogs travel to San Diego in Week 17, while Vancouver plays the Philadelphia Wings at Wells Fargo Center. Then these teams meet again at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas in Week 18, where the Desert Dogs will look to exact some revenge.

Other Stats of Note

Desert Dogs: Jackson (8g); Hannah (1g, 4a); Greer (1g, 4a); Kirst (1g); Watson (1g); Rob Hellyer (6a)

Warriors: Charalambides (4g, 4a); Martel (4g, 1a); Bal (3g, 6a); McCulley (1g, 1a); Riley Loewen (3a); Kevin Crowley (2a)

The win was the 94th for head coach Curt Malawsky, moving him into 7th place on the NLL’s all-time coaching wins list

Landon Kells (LV): 39 saves; Aden Walsh (VAN): 37 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.

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