Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
The Panther City Lacrosse Club (2-8) picked up the first ever home victory at Dickies Arena.
The Vancouver Warriors (5-4) were the victims of a thrilling contest.
The future of the National Lacrosse Lesgue took center stage as a few of the youngsters stepped up.
Patrick Dodds, Adam Charalambides and Reid Bowering showed why the Rookie of the Year can go in any direction.
To The Game
Jeremy Thompson (2g) started the scoring at 3:20 with help from Nate Grenon and the aforementioned Dodds.
A nip and tuck first period would reveal just one more marker.
Keegan Bal and Charalambides did the work with Kyle Killen (3g,1a) doing the finish work to close the 1-1 first quarter.
Things opened up a tad with Panther City going on a three goal blitz.
Dodds set up Will Malcolm (1g,4a) at 1:17 with Dodds doing the same on a power play goal from Phil Caputo (2g,1a).
Newly signed, Dean Fairsll (1a) hit Dodds (3g,4a) on a sweet pass to bring it to a 4-1 PC lead.
With time running out, Reid Bowering started a transition play by hitting Taylor Stuart (1a) who, in turn, hit Matthew Dinsdale (1g) who bested Nick Damude (PCLC netminder) at 19:59 to end the half with a 4-2 lead for the home team.
Caputo buried his second of the night..The defense continued with only three goals.
Keegan Bal (3g,3a) started his big half with a short handed goal just twenty nine seconds after Caputo scored.
Liam Byrnes (1a) found Matt Hossack (1g) to make it a 6-3 PC lead at the conclusion of the third.
The defense dominated the first three quarters so, the offenses were jealous and struck for a dozen goals between the teams.
Six goals in the first five minutes started with Reid Bowereing (1g,1a) with help from Riley Loewen (5a) at :51. Killen got it to a 6-5 game with help from Bal.
Thompson got the dividend of the work of Taite Cattoni (1a) and …who else? Dodds.
Nate Grenon (1g, 3a) pushed it to 8-5 with Ryan Martel (1g,1a) countering just twenty four ticks later.
Panther City, despite holding a lead the entire game, was unable to break the game open.
Hosssck set up Chad Cummings (1g) and with 4:52 played it looked as if PC was gaining full control.
Save that thought.
Keegan Bal hit rope at 6:23 and again at 7:33 to get it back to a one goal game, 9-8.
At 11:01, Dodds interrupted the Warriors run.
Charalambides (1g,4a) cashed in on a power play followed by Killen finally catching Vancouver up with 2:02 to play.
With :49 remaining it was, who other than Dodds.. scoring the biggest goal of his short NLL career to make history.
By the Way
Shots on Goal had Vancouver with a 49-35 advantage.
Nick Damude had 39 stops for PC.
Has Alex Buque cooled off? Victimized on a few mid-range shots, Buques allowed 6 goals with 7 saves in 20:20 of playing time.Steve “Deep” Fryer spelled Buque allowing 5 goals and stopping 17 in his 39:40.
Jeremy Thompson was an absolute force. Two goals, 11 loose balls and 19 of 21 from the “X”.
Loose balls were 79-62 for Panther City. Reid Bowering scooped 15 to go with his 3 caused turn overs and two points
Vancouver was 2 for 3 on the advantage with Panther City going 2 of 7.
Upset in Texas
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.