Two teams going in opposite directions would meet up at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday evening and domination was the story.
It was not New England (4-2) who dominated, rather the improving Vancouver Warriors (3-4) made a statement with an impressive road victory.
After Joe Resetarits (3g,1a) lit the lamp with a highlight reel goal, the Blackwolves had their only lead of the night with just 4:14 elapsed.
Vancouver took center stage and pulled off a three goal outburst furnished by Sam Clare (1g,4a), Mitch Jones (3g,2a) and, at 13:26 Keegan Bal (3g,2a) to close the curtain on the 3-1 edge for the visitors.
The second stanza only netted a total of two goals, Warriors had Keegan Bal picking up his second, with helpers from Mitch Jones and Riley Loewen.
New England would close the first half scoring just 1:51 later when highlight boy, Resetarits notched his second of the game.
We went to third quarter and 1:08 in, Jones picked up the only tally to end 45 minutes with Vancouver in charge, 7-2.
The Blackwolves looked for a way to get back in the contest and Resetarits went back to work making it 7-3 with 13:52 to play.
Bal and Jones set up Riley Loewen (2g,2a) for the only man advantage goal of the evening to steal the New England thunder.
James Rahe (1g,1a) added to the lead with the New England net empty in a futile attempt to get back in it.
Joe Nardella (1g) won the ensuing face off and took it to the house, beating Eric Penney just six seconds after the Rahe goal to make it 9-4.
1:39 later, Loewen buried a Chris O’Dougherty (1a) feed into the open net making it 10-4.
Still with the net empty, New England had one last gasp and Andrew Kew (1g) and Reilly O’Connor (1g) brought the scoring to a 10-6 final.
Dis and Dat : Eric Penney stopped 44 of 50 New England shots and counterpart, Doug Jamieson turned aside 37 of 45.
Loose Balls went to the favor of the home team, 65-62.
In a league chock full of face off wizards, Joe Nardella is joining the conversation as being the best.
How dominating was Nardella? An incredible 18 for 20 with the one goal.