Powell Scores Five in Boston Debut
by Alex Lee | NLL.com
NLL WEEK 1 COVERAGE
* NLL Floor Pass: Previews, Audio
* Audio Highlights: Conference Call
* Calgary Spoils Stealth's Banner-Raising Night
* Powell Scores Five in Victorious Blazers Debut
* 'Necks Edge Buffalo in Kelusky's Return
* Duch Ends OT Stalemate for Stealth Victory
* Point Lifts Knighthawks over Swarm in Overtime
* Watson, Rock Stump Rush in NLL Opener
PHILADELPHIA -- The Boston Blazers defeated the
Philadelphia Wings 10-6 in the Wings' home opener in front of a
raucous crowd of 7,940 Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in
The Blazers were led by newcomer and reigning NLL MVP Casey Powell (see video below), who had five goals and two assists. Powell didn't waste any time making his presence felt with his new team, as he recorded a point in six out of the Blazers' first seven goals.
"This is a franchise first coming out of the gates 1-0," Powell said. "That was our goal and that's what we did. It was a great team win for us and great for momentum for the rest of the season."
The game was a bit sloppy and really started out as a defensive struggle with both teams struggling to bang off the rust early in the game. There wasn't a goal until the 8:49 mark of the first quarter, when Philadelphia's Drew Westervelt (1 goal, 2 assists) opened the scoring. From there, a steady back and forth pace ensued. Neither team led by more than a goal in the first half, as Boston took a 5-4 lead into halftime.
From there it was all Blazers. They held Philadelphia to two goals in the second half, outshooting the Wings 51 to 33. For Blazers coach Matt Sawyer, this marked his first win as a NLL head coach.
"It wasn't a pretty win. We gutted that one out, but sometimes those are the prettiest. We didn't have our game going tonight. Clearly our defense and goaltending led the way. It was a team effort top to bottom," said Sawyer.
Blazers goalie Anthony Cosmo had 27 saves on the night to pace
"Our defense played great and so did our goalie. It was a good start, but we have to look forward to Edmonton," said Powell, who along with 2010 NLL point leader Josh Sanderson (2 goals, 4 assists), made his Blazers debut in the win. Forward Dan Dawson added eight assists on the night for Boston.
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