National Lacrosse League: Top 3 Plays from Week 3
It was a weekend which saw all four home teams beaten, with three of those losses coming in dramatic late-game fashion. And that means some pretty exciting plays along the way.
Sadly, highlight clips are only available for two of the four weekend games, so if you're looking to see Tracey Kelusky's behind-the-back game winner for the Buffalo Bandits, you're out of luck.
This lack of self promotion by the NLL dovetails nicely with some of the comments I made recently about the league's struggles to grow their product.
I have nevertheless located my Top 3 plays from the highlights that are available.
3. Dane Dobbie Picks Up His First Goal of the Year
In the first half of Saturday's tilt between the Colorado Mammoth and the Calgary Roughnecks, Dane Dobbie sprung free for a big first half goal, putting a move on Mammoth goaltender Chris Levis that was so filthy Levis injured his ankle and had to come out of the game.
Just as impressive is the set-up for this play. Geoff Snider snags a flip from Curtis Dickson in coverage and makes an off-balance pass just before stepping over the center line, which would have cost the Roughnecks on an over-and-back violation.
His pass is right on the money to Dobbie, who got behind the lone defender, Creighton Reid, en route to the net.
Bob Snider Does It All Alone
Bob Snider of the Washington Stealth and his brother Geoff of the Calgary Roughnecks are far-and-away the best faceoff men in the National Lacrosse League. Their utter dominance in the faceoff circle gives their respective teams a significant advantage and is good for at least an extra goal or two per game.
In this highlight from the Stealth-Rush game on Saturday night, Bob gives a lesson on how to use a faceoff win to maximum effect.
The Poulin Wall Saves the Day
The Colorado Mammoth made a dramatic comeback in the final five minutes of their game against the Calgary Roughnecks Saturday night, scoring four times to tie the score.
The Mammoth would go on to win the game in overtime on a goal by Sean Pollock, but they very nearly sealed the deal in the dying seconds of regulation. A scramble in front of the Roughnecks' goal crease resulted in several point-blank shots, including a snap shot by reigning MVP John Grant Jr. that should have been the game winner.
Unfortunately for JGJ, Calgary's Mike Poulin was on the spot and showing why he's the reigning Goaltender of the Year last season.
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