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FIREWOLVES NEARLY ERASE EIGHT-GOAL DEFICIT IN LOSS: BY THE NUMBERS

The Albany FireWolves (2-5) were defeated by the New York Riptide (2-6), 14-12, at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday evening.  The Riptide jumped ahead early, going up 12-4 midway through the third quarter.  Albany then scored seven unanswered goals, but New York was able to score two late in the fourth that were enough to put the game away.  Newly acquired FireWolf Zac Tucci looked impressive at the faceoff dot in his NLL debut.

Full statistics from the game can be found here. 

SCORE BY QUARTER 1 2 3 4 FINAL
ALBANY 2 1 3 6 12
NEW YORK 4 3 5 2 14

The FireWolves had 3 players score multiple goals and 6 different players recorded at least 2 points in the contest.  Kieran McArdle led the team with 7 total points in the game on 2 goals and 5 assists.  On the season, McArdle tops the team with 32 total points and 20 assists, and ranks second on the club with 12 goals.  Connor Kelly tallied 6 points in the game on 3 goals and 3 assists.  Kelly now leads the FireWolves with 14 goals and is behind only McArdle with 30 total points.  Tanner Thomson (1 goal, 4 assists) and Ethan Walker (4 goals, 1 assist) each recorded 5 points in the loss.  Thomson’s 20 assists on the season tie him with McArdle for the team lead while Walker’s 12 goals tie him with McArdle for second most on the club.  Colton Watkinson (1 goal, 1 assist) and Thomas Vaesen (2 assists) each had 2 points on the night.  Greg Downing, Brett Manney, Patrick Kaschalk, John LaFontaine, and Nick Chaykowsky rounded out the FireWolves scoring, each with 1 point.

Both FireWolves goaltenders saw time in net this weekend. Doug Jamieson started the game and played the first 31 minutes and allowed 9 goals and made 12 saves.  Justin Geddie played the game’s final 29 minutes and allowed 5 goals while stopping 18 Riptide shots.

Albany had a much-needed boost from the faceoff dot as newly acquired faceoff specialist Zac Tucci made his NLL debut.  Tucci went 12 for 29 on faceoffs in the game, the most faceoff wins in a single game for the FireWolves since Week 1.

On defense, Walker led the team with 12 loose ball recoveries.  Kelly, Kaschalk, and John Piatelli each scooped up 7 loose balls in the game.  Kelly, Thomson, Walker, Piatelli, Chaykowsky, Manney, LaFontaine, and Jackson Nishimura each caused 1 turnover on the night.  Chaykowsky and Mike Byrne both blocked 1 shot in the defeat.

The FireWolves are back in the Capital Region next weekend to take on the Las Vegas Desert Dogs.  For more information regarding tickets and Box Out Cancer 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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