The Columbus Landsharks defeated the New York Saints, 18-13, at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Friday night. Columbus jumped out to an early lead, and never relented, cruising to the victory. Columbus improves to 7-7, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
The Landsharks jumped out to an early lead, outscoring the Saints 6-1 in the first quarter. The Saints mounted a run in the second, scoring three in a row to make the score 6-4, but the Sharks scored five straight to take a commanding 11-4 lead. Nick Carlson scored for the Saints, but the Sharks responded with two of their own to take a 13-5 lead into the half.
Bryan Bendig scored out of the locker room for New York, but Pat Maddalena responded with two goals in 30 seconds to put the Sharks up 15-6. The teams traded goals throughout the fourth, with Columbus leading 18-9 after three quarters.
Matt Shearer scored ten minutes into the final quarter, ending a long scoring drought for both teams. His goal started a four-goal Saints run, but it was too little, too late, and Columbus held on for the victory.
Pat Maddelena was named game MVP for his six goal, three assist performance. Kasey Beirnes had a hat-trick and three assists, while Gewas Schindler had two goals and three assists. Mike Miron got the win in net for Columbus with 46 saves.
Bryan Bendig led New York with two goals and three assists, while Gavin Prout pitched in with one goal and four assists. Gee Nash recorded 28 saves, while rookie goaltender Greg Foster recorded four early saves and allowed one goal in his debut.
The Landsharks improve to 7-7, with their playoff hopes resting on their final two games. Columbus hosts the Vancouver Ravens tommorow at Nationwide Arena, and then travels to Ottawa for the season finale next weekend. The Saints fall to 2-13, hosting their division rivals, the New Jersey Storm in the season finale at the Nassau Coliseum next weekend.