Surging Vancouver Warriors Down Las Vegas

Eduardo Curros – Pacific Correspondent, All Lacrosse All The Time

It’s Week 18 of the National Lacrosse League and the playoff picture is starting to take shape. Although not in strong contention but technically not eliminated yet, the surging Vancouver Warriors visited the Las Vegas Desert Dogs and picked up a 12-9 win on Saturday night.

Vancouver has won four out of their last five but still stands outside the top eight to advance to the postseason.

First Quarter: 

Las Vegas’s Connor Kirst would score the first goal of the quarter for the Desert Dogs, as Landon Kells provided the assist at 2:17.

Vancouver would score two goals with Kyle Killen scoring the first at 4:23. The second goal was from Keegan Bal, with Kevin Crowley and Reid Bowering providing the assist, at 6:53.

Zack Greer would score the second for Vegas and the final goal of the quarter at 14:11. The quarter ended with a tied score of 2-2. 

Second Quarter:

Vancouver got to work with Bal scoring the first goal 1:44 into the second quarter. The Desert Dogs would score two powerplay goals with Marshal King scoring at 3:11, with Jack Hannah assisting. Casey Jackson would score the second at 4:05.

Vancouver’s onslaught began with Adam Charalambides scoring at 4:26. Owen Grant would score at 6:04 with a pass from Ryan Dilks. Bowering would then connect on two quick passes from Charalambides and Bal at 7:01. Bal would score a powerplay goal at 11:09 as the Warriors went ahead 7-4.

Charalambides would score again at 11:37 and Bal would close out the scoring at 12:57 with Vancouver leading 9-4 at the half.

Third Quarter:

The Desert Dogs Kirst would score again with a pass from Kells, at 4:47. Vancouver would reply with a powerplay goal from Crowley at 6:18.

Kirst would close out the scoring at 14:09, on a pass from Tor Reinholdt as Vancouver held a 10-6 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Fourth Quarter:

Vancouver’s Kyle Killen would score at 2:29 with passes from Bal and Loewen.

Vegas’ Hannah would score at 10:24 to narrow Vancouver’s lead to 11-7. Greer would score a powerplay goal at 11:47 to close off a two-goal run.

Vancouver’s Charalambides would reply with another powerplay goal at 14:02 to put the Warriors up 12-8. Vegas’s Greer would close out the scoring at 14:07, with passes from Zach Cole. 

The surging Vancouver Warriors would notch a third straight victory and fourth win out of their last five games with a final score of 12-9. 

Vancouver Warriors’ head coach Curt Malawsky commented after the game:

Keegan Bal commented after the game following a nine-point performance:

Curros’s Corner

Kevin Crowley reached another milestone in his storied career picking up his 500th career assist. Ryan Dilks picked up this 300th career caused turnover. Aden Walsh got the nod in goal for the Warriors and stopped 45 of 54 shots in the win. Landon Kells stopped 39 of 51 shots in the loss. Las Vegas dominated the faceoff dot, going 16 of 25. The Desert Dogs were three-for-nine on the powerplay, while the Warriors were three-for-six on the man advantage.

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.