Knighthawks Down Wings; Rush and Stealth Victorious

The Knighthawks were paced by the three-headed scoring monster of Dan Dawson, Cody Jameison and Craig Point who combined for 19 of the team's 32 total points (8 goals, 11 assists).

The Philadelphia Wings host the Buffalo Bandits at Wells Fargo Center for their 2014 season home opener on Sunday, January 12, at 4:00 p.m.

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Edmonton 17, Colorado 6

DENVER One night after coming up just short in Calgary, the Colorado Mammoth stumbled at Rexall Place in Edmonton. Colorado trailed 6-0 late in the first quarter, and never managed to close the gap as the Rush won its home-opener, 17-6.

Mammoth rookie goaltender Dillon Ward, who had been stellar in relief in the team's first three games, got his first career NLL start. It didn't last long. Tye Belanger, who had been the starter, didn't fare much better.

Two weeks after Colorado held 2013 NLL Rookie of the Year Mark Matthews without a goal (for the first time in his career), the University of Denver product exploded for five goals and four assists. Zack Greer also chipped in five goals for the Rush.

Drew Westervelt led Colorado with three goals, while Adam Jones had two goals and four assists. Sean Pollock notched the Mammoth's only other tally of the night.

The Mammoth visits the Stealth in Vancouver on Friday before returning to HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center to take on the Buffalo Bandits on 'Military Appreciation Night' on Saturday.

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Vancouver 8, Minnesota 5

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm's defense came through for them once again, but they still could not avoid an 8-5 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Stealth Saturday night at the Langley Events Center.

For the second straight game the Swarm held a commanding lead in shots on goal and scoring opportunities, and for the second straight game they ran into a hot goaltender on the other end of the floor. Vancouver's Tyler Richards turned away 45 shots on his way to posting a stellar .900 saves percentage on the night. Minnesota outshot the Stealth 50-33 but were stymied time-and-time again by Richards and the Vancouver defense.

Trailing 6-4 heading into the fourth quarter, the Swarm outshot Vancouver by a 20-4 margin but did not break through until the 12:38 mark when T Kiel Matisz scored his third of the year picking up his own rebound on a great individual effort. Matisz was one of the few bright spots among the Swarm offense, netting three points (2g, 1a) including Minnesota's first goal of the game.

The offensive stalemate spoiled another terrific effort by the Minnesota defense, who used a 70-51 edge on loose balls and 25 saves from goaltender Tyler Carlson to keep Vancouver within reach. Despite the disappointing loss, Minnesota coach Joe Sullivan made sure to give credit where credit was due.

"We limited their opportunities, we kept their shot selections to undesirable places that we thought played to our strengths," Sullivan explained. "Carlson played strong, overall defensively I was real happy with our play."

The Stealth utilized four-second half tallies to build upon a 4-3 lead at the half in what was an extremely tight game, including timely goals from rookie forwards Cody Bremner, who beat Carlson seconds after Minnesota killed off a Stealth power play late in the third quarter, and Tyler Digby, who scored his fourth goal of the season to put Vancouver up 7-4 2:09 into the final frame. Both Bremner and Digby managed an assist as well on the night.

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