Stephen Stamp from IL Indoor has selected his Three Stars of NLL Week 9 following four games this past weekend as the schedule hit the midway point. Which players had the biggest impact for their teams? Check out the list below and be sure to catch more NLL action this weekend in Week 10 with games on Friday and Sunday.
“Wow, you know it’s a high-scoring season when Edmonton and Toronto—the league leaders in fewest goals allowed—score a combined 31 in their head to head matchup,” Stamp writes. “That, of course, paled next to the 36 goals scored in Vancouver’s win over Minnesota. The leaders in the goal-scoring assault this week did more than just put the ball in the net, and that helped them to earn IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars recognition. Scroll down to see all the honorees.”
Tyler Digby, Vancouver Stealth
5 goals, 3 assists
Digby is the second of three players who posted 5 goals on the weekend to appear here. He also added a trio of assists but his real shining moment came on a behind the back goal that earned him fourth spot on the SportsCenter Top 10. What a steal Digby has turned out to be for going in the third round of the draft.
Zack Greer, Edmonton Rush
5 goals, 3 assists
Another 5-goal scorer, and another guy who had a signature moment in Edmonton’s game Friday. While it didn’t make SportsCentre, it was a real beauty none the less. You’ll have to scroll down a bit on NLL’s Facebook page, but it’s worth the effort.
Adam Jones and John Grant Jr. (Colorado): 3g, 5a each. They were each in on 8 of Colorado’s 11 goals, although neither could help the Mammoth in the fourth…Davide DiRuscio (Buffalo): 36 saves, .766 save percentage. Which brings us to the Big Fish. While DiRuscio’s overall numbers in his first NLL game usually wouldn’t land him in this column, shutting out the potent Mammoth attack for the fourth quarter to allow Buffalo to pull out the win deserves the kudos…Matt Vinc (Rochester): 46 saves, .807 save percentage. Vino, meanwhile, was the key difference as Calgary outshot Rochester significantly but couldn’t beat him enough to earn their second win…Shawn Evans (Calgary): 3g, 5a. Evans did what he could for Calgary with another big night that kept him atop the points-per-game list in the NLL. He really needed one more, though, getting turned aside by Vinc on the last shot of the game…Logan Schuss (Minnesota): 3g, 5a. It would be easy to lose sight of the fact that Minnesota scored 15 goals Saturday because they allowed 21, but Schuss led a strong effort by the Swarm O…Josh Sanderson (Toronto): 2g, 8a. Shooter is on pace to shatter Garrett Billings’ single-season assists record of 82 and it’s not just because of the two extra games in the schedule. At his current pace, Sanderson would have 92 assists in 16 games and 104 overall…Kedoh Hill (Buffalo): 3g, 1a. The exact same line he had last week, but this time Hill’s efforts were key to helping the Bandits get a win…Drew Westervelt (Colorado): 4g, 3a. In his six full NLL seasons, Westervelt has scored 34, 32, 27, 36, 30 and 30 goals. He’s on pace for 38. That’s consistency…Cody Jamieson (Rochester): 3g, 4a. Another game winner for Jammer…
Click here to find the First Star along with full list of honorable mentions for Three Stars of NLL Week 9 by Stephen Stamp on IL Indoor.