NLL Roundup: Jones Sets NLL Scoring Streak Record
DENVER — Colorado Mammoth forward Adam Jones, coming off of an epic fourth-quarter sock trick performance, continued is heroics Saturday. Jones scored seven goals, setting the National Lacrosse League record for consecutive games with a goal, in the Mammoth's 14-13 win over the New England Black Wolves at Pepsi Center.
Jones eclipsed teammate John Grant Jr. for the longest scoring streak in NLL history. He has scored at least six goals in each of his last three home games.
"It's incredible to watch," said coach Pat Coyle, who admitted that he's never seen anything like the numbers Jones has put up in his last three games in Denver. "I'm still waiting for the other teams to figure out how to stop him, but I don't know if that's possible."
Add the Black Wolves, who lead the East Division with a 5-3 record, to the list of those who tried — and failed — to slow down Jones. Colorado improved to a league-best 8-2 this season, 5-0 at home. Four of the Mammoth's five home victories have been by just one goal,
"I don't know if it's the record that I'm excited about," Jones said. "In lacrosse, you always want to be consistent. With that record and being consistent, that's something I like to pride myself on. I like to show up game in and game out, work hard and help my team win. It's a special moment, but at the same time I'm not focusing on it too much."
Callum Crawford, who assisted on five of seven Jones goals, scored two late ones in the fourth quarter to give Colorado a 14-11 lead. New England scored twice in the final three minutes and had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds. Goaltender Alex Buque, who played the second half in relief of Dillon Ward, denied the Black Wolves' last attempt.
K-Hawks' Dawson Ends Goalie Duel with OT Winner
Dan Dawson scored the game-winner at 1:16 of overtime to give the Rochester Knighthawks a 9-8 victory Saturday night over the Calgary Roughnecks. Dawson's second goal of the game ended a brilliant goaltending duel between Rochester's Matt Vinc and Calgary's Mike Poulin.
"What a defensive battle. Poulin and 'Vno' tonight put on a clinic," Dawson said. "We faced some adversity at the end of the game, heading into overtime down a man. The penalty-killing unit got us the ball back and Dylan Evans battled all night at the faceoff circle. This is a character win. It was so important for us to get this win tonight."
With the road victory, Rochester improved to 4-4 before heading into a big two-game weekend against Buffalo and New England. Calgary, meanwhile, lost its third straight game in overtime to fall to 3-7.
Cody Jamieson (four goals, three assists) and Dawson (two goals, five assists) finished with seven points each. Vinc made 46 saves to earn his 50th win as a Knighthawk.
Smith Stars Again in Bandits Win
Buffalo's Dhane Smith, the NLL's leading scorer, led the Bandits to a 13-8 win over the Vancouver Stealth with five goals and three assists. Buffalo (6-4) jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter, scoring on four of its first seven shots. The Stealth fell to 3-6.
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