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FIREWOLVES DEFENSE LOOKS IMPRESSIVE DESPITE LOSS: BY THE NUMBERS

The Albany FireWolves (2-6) were defeated by the Las Vegas Desert (3-5), 12-10, at the MVP Arena in Albany on Saturday evening.  The FireWolves led by two goals at the end of the third period, but the Desert Dogs were able to shut out Albany in the fourth quarter to come away with a road victory in the Capital Region.

Full statistics from the game can be found here. 

SCORE BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 FINAL
ALBANY 4 1 5 0 10
LAS VEGAS 4 3 1 4 12

The FireWolves offense was led by Kieran McArdle who tallied 7 points on 2 goals and 5 assists.  McArdle continues to lead the Wolves in total points (39) and assists (25), and ranks second overall on the team with 14 goals.  Tanner Thomson scored a game-high 4 goals and also added 2 assists for 6 total points.  The second-year forward is third on the team with 34 total points and second with 22 assists.  Connor Kelly added 5 points on 1 goal and 4 assists.  He leads the club with 15 goals on the season and is second overall with 35 points.  Both Ethan Walker (2 goals, 1 assist) and John Piatelli (1 goal, 2 assists) scored 3 points each in the game.  Hiana Thompson rounded out the FireWolves scoring with 2 points on 2 assists.

Doug Jamieson played solid between the pipes, allowing only 11 goals, and recording 33 saves.  The Desert Dogs’ last goal came on an empty net.  Jamieson surpassed 3,000 career minutes played in his career in the game.

From the faceoff dot, Zac Tucci went 13 for 26 going exactly 50%.

On defense, Walker and Nick Chaykowsky led the team with 7 loose ball recoveries.  Chaykowsky continues to lead the team with 47 loose balls recovered on the season.  The defender also caused 3 turnovers in the contest and leads the team with 12 overall.  Jackson Nishimura and Aaron Forster each scooped up 6 loose balls on the night.  Nishimura ranks third on the Wolves with 43 loose balls on the  season.  Forster, Brett Manney, Colton Watkinson, Brent Mitchell, and John LaFontaine each caused 1 turnover in the game.  Forster and Leo Stouros each blocked 1 shot.

The FireWolves will face the Georgia Swarm each of the next two weekends with the first matchup being played in Georgia.  Albany will return home on Saturday, March 4 for the second of the two games against the Swarm.  For more information regarding tickets and Indigenous Heritage night, 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. For more information visit NLL.com.

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.

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 www.mvparena.com.

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