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The Panther City Lacrosse Club (4-8) picked up their third consecutive victory with a statement 20-14 defeat of the Colorado Mammoth (6-4).
Patrick Dodds continues to stake a claim to Rookie of the Year with an 11 point night with six goals.
“I think I go into every game hoping for the best. Hope to score as many goals as I can. Get as many apples [assists] as I can and tonight it just fell. The guys were putting it away as well, so it kind of worked out.”
Dodds on his big game.
Recently signed Dean Fairall added seven points.
When you hear about the Mammoth, Dillon Ward is first to come to mind.
Ward had a very un-Ward night .
20 saves but 11 goals in 35:11 before giving way to Tyler Carlson who didn’t fare much better allowing 8 goals on 20 shots
PCLC’s Nick Damude supplied a nice subplot making 37 saves. Damude even scored a goal.
Let’s Get to it Shall We?
Colorado came out large and in charge.
Zed Williams (2g,4a) kicked off the goal fest at 5:20 on a short handed tally helped by Eli McLaughlin and Chris Wardle.
1:47 later, Dodds picked up his game with Jeremy Thompson (4a) helping.
Corado went on a Mammoth run supplied by McLaughlin (3g,4a), McLaughlin and Williams doing the work for Ryan Lee (3g,2a,).
McLaughlin went back to work with a pretty feed that Wardle (1g,2a) planted at 14:12.
A second short handed Colorado goal was supplied by Jordan Gilles (1g) with just seven seconds remaining.
The quarter closed with McLaughlin holding four points and Colorado seemingly in good shape, 5-1.
One Down, Three to Go.
A wide open second revealed ten markers.
PC had three runs of at least two goals.
Cam Milligan and Will Malcolm went to work on a PC advantage with Dodds connecting with just :32 elapsed.
Despite the offensive onslaught, the score remained 5-2 for 3:12.
Dean Fairall (5g,2a) kept the special teams party going from Milligan and Thompson.
Fairall liked that so much he buried another at 5:15 with help from Malcolm.
Ron John (1a) and Erik Turner did their part to end the rally by setting up Lee just :23 later.
Josh Medeiros started a transition try and Dylan Hutchison (1g,2a) reaped the reward to get it to a one game at 6-5 at 7:00.
Milligan (1g,7a) joined the party 1:46 later and PC came all the way back.
McLaughlin and Connor Robinson (3g) stepped up to get the Mammoth lead re-established, 8-6.
Dodds was having none of that and scored a pair to end the exciting first half with an 8-8 score.
More on the Way
The third quarter would be another score fest with another ten goals.
At 1:40, Phil Caputo (2g,1a) followed thirty three seconds later by Nathan Grenon (1g) pushed the PC run to 4 goals.
Williams hit net cutting it to a one goal lead.
Fairall followed by Liam Byrnes (1g) countered and,at 6:48 we had a 12-9 PCLC edge.
Roninson would get it back to a two marker differential before Fairall and Malcolm (2g,6a). saw and raised.
Turner cashed in off a pretty Zed Williams set-up.
PC had yet another special teams goal up their sleeve with Caputo hitting a short handed goal to end the first 45:00 with PC gaining control,15-11.
Things Calming Down?
Not exactly, but this quarter only had eight goals
Malcolm at :53 followed by Dobbs at 1:40 seemed to seize the win with a six goal edge,17-11.
Williams and Tyler Digby (4a) decided this was not over and set up Robinson at the 6:30 mark.
3:13 later it would be another PC man up goal supplied by Fairall.
Corado went into desperation mode by pulling netminder, Tyler Carlson.
When you are having an “off” night ..things can be not so good
PC netminder, Nick Damude scooped a loose ball and planted it dead center in the Mammoth net.
Showing no quit, McLaughlin and Lee sandwiched goals around Josh Medeiros (1g,1a) transition tally and PC became the first team of the season to register a 20 goal game.
Shots on Goal were surprising with PC only having a 52-51 advantage.
Power plays had Colorado 0 for 2 but hitting a pair of man down goals.
Panther City dominated with 4 of 5 adding a short handed goal.
PC won the face-off battle, 20-18 with Matt Hossack setting a career high with 11 of 17.
Panther City is finding their MOJO and have won three in a row
“Our approach. It is night and day. We have said it from day one, if you make this somewhere where you wanna be, and you are looking forward to the weekends to be around your teammates, then good things are going to happen. Guys lay it on the line, they go out and play, and they are accountable to one another and have a will to compete. Our approach all weekend was unbelievable, with all smiles on guys faces. We go out for a team dinner last night when we didn’t have a practice and there are no clicks, everyone is hanging out with each other. Go to shoot around this morning, guys are loose, guys are having fun but when it is time to get serious, they dial in. Those are some really good signs for a young team and a team that hasn’t played together. To be where we are now is impressive and there is a correlation with that and our success.” Coach Tracey Lelusky.
Panther City with signature win.
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.