The surging Vancouver Warriors held on in a West Division match-up with the Calgary Roughnecks.
Things looked good for Calgary. Playing in front of the home crowd and the return of “Superman” Curtis Dickson.
In addition,Vancouver was without starting goaltender, Alex Buque due to a “non Covid” illness.
Despite the usual.big game from.Dickson, Calgary dropped to 3-5.
Vancouver puts a stranglehold on the third spot by virtue of their 5-3 record.
Steve “Deep” Fryer got the start and was outstanding.
Calgary, playing on the emotion of the night jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead led by Dickson (4g, 2a) converting a Jesse King and Tyler Pace set-up and with just 1:28 played Calgary was on top.
At 5:36 it was Dicksom and Tanner Cook doing the honors for Tyler Pace (1g, 1a).
Vancouver showed why are called Warriors and went on a five goal run.
Just twenty four ticks after the Pace goal, Logan Schuss (2g,2a) kicked things off.
Keegan Bal (3g, 4a) stepped up putting home a marker off a transition work around from Garrett McIntosh (1a) and Rookie Phenom, Reid Bowering (1a).
Bal set up Schuss for a power play tally followed :11 later by Taylor Stuart (1g, 2a).
Adam Charalamides (1g, 1a) slammed the door on the quarter with the visitors holding a 5-2 lead.
To their credit, Calgary battled back with a run of their own, with Just :30 elapsed, Jesse King (1g, 3a) buried a Dan Taylor (4a) feed.
Dickson hit for his second followed by Zach Herreweyers (2g, 1a) getting in on the action.
Kyle Killen (2g, 2a) thwarted the uprising with another power play marker.
Tanner Cook (1g, 2a) with Keegan Bal notching the second Warriors man up goal in six minutes to close the half with a 7-6 Vancouver advantage.
This is Getting Intense
Owen Barker (1g, 2a) pushed it 8-6 at the 8:20 mark.
Superman (Dickson) took all of twenty seconds to counter.
B3al and Herreweyers matched goals with Zach Currier (1g) closing the third with a 9-9 score.
Right Down to the Wire
A scant three goals scored in the final stanza started with Killen at the 5:04 mark.
it took just a minute twenty three for Dickson to hit for his 4th.
The game stayed at 10-10 for 6:21 when Riley Loewen (1g, 1a) got the best of Calgary netminder, Christian Del Bianco.
The Vancouver defense clamped down and held on for the win.
Shots on Goal went the way of Calgary, 51-48.
Steve Fryer and his friends, the posts, were outstanding with “Deep” turning aside 41 Calgary chances.
Del Bianco was his usual self with 37 saves.
Face-offs went 16 of 25 for Calgary with Tyler Burton taking them
Loose balls were 68-67 Vancouver with Zach Currier scooping 10 for Calgary and was matched by Reid Bowering.
Vancouver went 3 for 5 on the advantage but, Calgary was shut out on 5 chances.
“I think we shot ourselves in the foot tonight. That was a very winnable game. As the old cliché goes, we beat ourselves.”
“The young guys thing is not an excuse anymore. These guys have a quarter of a season under their belts now and when that ball dropped in their first game, they’re not rookies anymore.” – Curtis Dickson
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.
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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.