On top of the win on Saturday, two Black Wolves celebrated milestones. With his second goal of the night in the first quarter, forward Callum Crawford reached the 900 point mark, becoming the 14th NLL player ever to reach the milestone. He now has 908 for his career. Also in the game, forward Stephan Leblanc reached 700 career points and now has 703 for his career.
The newcomers on the Black Wolves have come to play. In his first game after being signed off the practice squad, Dave Emala recorded two assists against Rochester and corralled five loose balls. Another player signed off the practice squad, Adam Perroni, gathered three loose balls himself. Also, rookie Jackson Nishimura scored his first career goal in the fourth quarter on Saturday and Dereck Downs continues his impressive rookie campaign with one goal scored against Rochester.
At home against Rochester, Alex Buque was again a solid force net for the Black Wolves, recording 37 saves while giving up just 13 goals in the win. He has a 11.27 goals against average on the season in five games and has 174 saves. With that total, he is on pace for 447 on the season, which would be the second-highest total of his career.
Saturday’s game will be familiar for many players on both sides of the ball. The Philadelphia Wings were purchased and became the New England Black Wolves in 2015. Since then, the players who remain that played for the Wings are defensemen and captain Brett Manney and forward Kevin Buchanan. Current Black Wolves defenseman David Brock also played for the Wings back in 2012. Other players who played for both squads are Kevin Crowley, who was traded to the Wings earlier this season, Zac Reid and Anthony Joaquim.
LAST TIME OUT
On February 9, the Black Wolves won 16-13 at home against Rochester, winning the first out of three games the teams will play this season. Callum Crawford lead the way for the Black Wolves offensively with 10 points on five goals and five assists followed by Stephan Leblanc, who added eight points of his own on three goals and five assists.