Week 2 Recaps
Finals Rematch Favours the Bears
It only took two weeks for us to get to see a rematch of the XLL Summer League final between the Black Bears and the Red Skyhawks, and folks, it did not disappoint.
After a very ‘defense heavy’ first quarter for both squads, the Bears seemed to find a way to solve the issue in the second with five goals on ten shots from five different shooters, while the Hawks were only able to bury two in response. Coady Adamson led the way for the Bears, finishing the night with six points.
The remainder of the game was a clinic by Kyle Mooney in net for the Bears, who finished the game with 17-saves in the second half, including 10 in a fourth quarter that saw a desperate Hawks team only down by three goals.
Despite a four-point night for Keegan Bell, it wasn’t enough for Hawks to get revenge, as the Bears took this one 12-8, thanks in no small part to the goalie tandem of Brandon Humphrey and Kyle Mooney.
Players Of the Game: Keegan Bell and Coady Adamson
Eagles Soar In Shooting Gallery Against The Wolves
Game two saw the Golden Eagles and the Grey Wolves both attempting to bounce back after tough losses during Week One. The Eagles added a few new faces to their roster for this one, including Toronto Rock forward Reid Reinholdt and San Diego Seals (also reigning NLL MVP) Dane Dobbie.
The first half was exactly what you’d expect with the amount of offensive talent on each team. 20 goals were scored collectively between the two teams after two quarters, despite strong efforts in net from both Gordy Bowden and Allen McLucas.
Heading into the fourth quarter down by five, the Wolves found a way to battle back with a five-goal run to tie the game at 16-16. But the Eagles took over again for the remaining seven minutes of the game, with goals from James Rahe, Aiden Murphy, and Dane Dobbie, as well as a 14 save quarter in net by Jeremy Funk who finished the game with a total of 25 saves on route to a 19-17 victory for the Eagles.
While you might think that the story of this game would be the plethora of points put up by both teams, the real story was Kohei Hino, who scored his first ever Canadian box lacrosse goal. Congrats Kohei!
Players Of The Game: Aiden Murphy and Vinny Ricci
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