The Albany FireWolves (6-9) were defeated by the New York Riptide (4-8), 15-6, at the Nassau Live Center in Long Island on Saturday evening. The FireWolves were unable to score in two of the game’s four quarters and their six goals scored marked the fewest in any game this season. Full statistics from the game can be found here.
The loss dropped Albany down to sixth place in the Eastern Division, one spot behind the Philadelphia Wings who also have six wins but have two fewer losses on the year. If the season ended today, Albany would miss the playoffs, but with three games remaining holding massive playoff implications, the FireWolves are still in the hunt.
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Joe Resetarits led the way for the FireWolves offense with 5 total points on 1 goals and 4 assists on the evening. On the season, Resetarits is second in the league with 87 points. His 37 goals also rank second in the NLL, while he sits in third overall with 50 assists. Resetarits leads the FireWolves in each of the three statistical categories. Reilly O’Connor turned in a nice performance with 3 points on 2 goals and 1 assist. Adrian Sorichetti added 2 points on 1 goal and 1 assist. Ryan Benesch, Tony Malcom, Charlie Kitchen, and John LaFontaine rounded out the scoring with 1 point each. Benesch’s 70 points on the season ranks seventh overall in the NLL while his 44 assists rank ninth.
Goaltender Doug Jamieson allowed 14 goals on 39 Riptide shots on net. The goalie recorded a season-low 23 saves but continues to top the league with 565 saves on the year.
Nardella had another solid night at the faceoff dot, going 15 for 25. On the season, Nardella has won the most total faceoffs in the league, going 256 of 367 thus far. His faceoff win-rate is 69.8 percent, second in the league among those who have taken more than one faceoff.
Defensively, Malcom led the Wolves with 12 loose ball recoveries. Malcom also caused 3 turnovers on the night. O’Connor scooped up 8 loose balls and caused 1 turnover in the loss. LaFontaine and Nardella each recorded 5 loose ball recoveries. Nardella leads the team with 117 loose balls on the season. Greg Downing, Colton Watkinson, and Curtis Conley each caused 1 turnover in the contest. Downing also blocked 2 shots on the night.
Albany was 1 for 3 on power plays, getting 1 goal Benesch. The penalty kill unit was solid, keeping the Riptide scoreless on their 2 power play situations.
The FireWolves remain on the road next weekend for their final road game of the regular season, facing the Vancouver Warriors on Saturday, April 2. The game is at 10 p.m. EST at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver and can be watched on ESPN+ and My4 Albany. This will be the first and only time the two teams meet during the regular season.
Fans can secure their tickets for the next FireWolves home game now! For more information regarding tickets, visit www.AlbanyFireWolves.com or call/text the FireWolves front office at 518-362-4900.
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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 NLL, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.
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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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