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It was a very happy New Year’s Eve for the Albany FireWolves (4-0) as they pulled out an 11-10 overtime win against the Saskatchewan Rush (1-3) with clutch performances from players all over the floor. Let’s take a look at some of the key numbers that led to the overtime victory and the FireWolves 4-0 start to the 2023-24 National Lacrosse League season.
44 Saves By Doug Jamieson
Jamieson has been one of the biggest factors in the FireWolves’ incredible start and his 44 saves on 54 shots helped shut the door on Saskatchewan’s comeback. He was the difference maker in crunch time as the Rush tied the game at 10-10 with 7 minutes and 24 seconds left in the 4th Quarter. Jamieson would brush off every shot thrown at him and keep the Rush at bay to send the game to overtime. The offense has been the big story of this turnaround from last season, but Jamieson remains the backbone of the team and is shaping up to have one of the best seasons of his career.
88% Faceoff Win Percentage
Every possession mattered as this game went down to the wire and once again the FireWolves dominated the loose ball battles and faceoffs thanks to defenseman Joe Nardella. He won 22 of 25 faceoffs for a tremendous 88% win percentage that allowed Albany to get an early lead and limit the Rush chances down the stretch. The biggest faceoff win came in overtime as he won the clamp and put the ball to a spot where teammate Nick Chaykowsky was able to grab it and secure the possession. This allowed the FireWolves to score 55 seconds into overtime as Ethan Walker scored the game winner on the ensuing possession.
4-0 Start Best In FireWolves History
The FireWolves have already surpassed their win total from last season and their 4-0 start is the best since the team relocated to Albany. The wins have not come easy as the FireWolves have either had to come from behind against Las Vegas and Philadelphia or ward off comebacks against Buffalo and Saskatchewan. Heading into the season, head coach Glenn Clark and the coaching staff expected the team to improve from last year, but no one could have predicted so much early success. The secret sauce has been a combination of young stars emerging on offense, loose ball domination, Jamieson playing well between the pipes, and the players simply outworking the other teams. It will be exciting to watch what this team can do as the season continues.
The FireWolves will be back in action against the Halifax Thunderbirds this Saturday, January 6 at 7 pm ET for Country Night at MVP Arena. The game can be watched on ESPN+, TSN+, and locally on MY4.
Single game tickets for the 2023-2024 FireWolves season are available now! Join us for Country Night on January 6 at MVP Arena and experience FireWolves lacrosse. For more information regarding tickets, visit www.AlbanyFireWolves.com or call/text the FireWolves front office at 518-362-4900.
About Albany FireWolves
The Albany FireWolves is the Capital Region’s very own Professional Box Lacrosse team, playing in the National Lacrosse League out of the MVP Arena in downtown Albany, NY. For more information, contact the Albany FireWolves Front Office at (518) 362-4900 or visit AlbanyFireWolves.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/AlbFireWolves, Twitter @AlbFireWolves, and Instagram @AlbFireWolves.
About the National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors. For more information, visit NLL.com and find @NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About MVP Arena
MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, the Albany Empire of the National Arena League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit https://www.mvparena.com/