Lumberjax Headed To Calgary

PortlandIn what turned out to be a good old fashioned “shootout”, the Portland Lumberjax defeated the San Jose Stealth for the right to move on to the 2008 NLL Western Division final. The Jax will now travel to Calgary, who Saturday night defeated the Colorado Mammoth.

In a game some expected to be a defensive battle, the two teams combined for 34 goals, with Portland winning 18-16. What makes this score a little misleading is that there were only two penalties called during the entire game, so this game was an all out slug fest with a number of offensive stars taking centre stage.

Dan Dawson, by Head Coach Derek Keenan’s own admission “was an absolute monster out there”. Dawson scored seven goals and added five assists. Ryan Powell scored four goals and added four assists. Brad McDoanld and Brodie Merrill each scored twice, with singles going to Scott Stewart, Peter Jacobs and Rich Morgan.

For San Jose, Jeff Zywicki led the way with four goals and three assists, while Colin Doyle had three goals and two assists. Peter Veltman and Frank Resetarits each scored twice, with singles going to Paul Dawson, Ton johnson, Cam Sedgwick, Kyle Sorenson and Gary Rosyski.

In chatting further with Keenan he had this to say about the game:

“given the history of the 3 games this year and the parity between the 2 teams (33 goals each) I did not expect this type of offensive explosion. It was a phenomenal lacrosse game and we were happy and fortunate to have come out on the winning side!”


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