5/2/11 10:12 AM
The first round of the NLL playoffs ended in disappointment for many of the Cannons playing indoors, but Paul Rabil and the Washington Stealth are still in the race to defend their title.
The Boston Blazers fell behind the Buffalo Bandits early and made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 11-10. Kevin Buchanan scored his only goal of the game with two minutes left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 10 but John Tavares scored with 40 seconds to play to send the Bandits to the next round. Buchanan also had four assists in the game along with six loose balls and a forced turnover. Mitch Belisle and Greg Downing each picked up an assist and a turnover while scooping up five and four loose balls, respectively. Jack Reid rounded out the Cannons in action, picking up a loose ball in defense.
The Blazers trailed 9-5 heading into the final quarter before going on a 5-1 run to tie the game at 10 until Tavares’ goal broke the deadlock. Buffalo will play Toronto in the East finals on Saturday after the Rock defeated Rochester 10-8 on Sunday.
Paul Rabil was more fortunate than his Cannons counterparts as the defending champion Stealth defeated the Swarm 14-8 in Minnesota. Rabil played well in the game, notching three assists, eight loose balls and two forced turnovers. The game was tied at six after halftime but the Stealth stepped up their game in the second half, outscoring the Swarm 8-2 over the final 30 minutes to pick up the victory.
In the next round, the Stealth will face off against the Roughnecks in Calgary on Saturday night. The Roughnecks knocked off the Colorado Mammoth 10-6 to advance.