Acquired on December 20th in a trade with Toronto, veteran Stephan Leblanc made an impact in his first game at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night. He was just one of a number of new additions to the roster who helped lift the Black Wolves to victory. In the fourth quarter alone, newcomers had a hand in five of the seven goals. Rookie Colton Watkinson (one goal, one assist), Aaron Bold (two assists), rookie Anthony Joaquim (one assist), Adam Bomberry (one go al) and John LaFontaine (one assist) each helped the Black Wolves rally in the closing quarter.
On The Run
Scoring runs are a big part of the NLL, and the Black Wolves have been on both sides through three games of the 2017-8 season. Last Friday night, New England sandwiched two strings of unanswered goals around one by the Vancouver Stealth in a 13-9 win at Mohegan Sun Arena. Trailing 2-0, the Black Wolves struck for six goals in a three minutes, 26 seconds stretch over the first and second quarters to take a 6-2 lead. Vancouver scored the next seven goals during a span of 15 minutes, 10 seconds of the second and third quarters to take a 9-6 lead before the Black Wolves closed out the game with seven straight goals over a nine-minute, 30-second span in the fourth quarter. In the season opener on December 8th, visiting Georgia scored seven unanswered goals in a span of 16:11 that included the end of the first quarter and start of the third. New England scored six of the next seven goals and eight of the last 10 to clinch a 13-11 win.
Veteran Kevin Crowley had his third multi-goal game of the season Friday night, and he has nine goals so far this year. That puts him on pace for 54 goals, which would easily surpass his career-high of 45, set last year. He has scored in 22 consecutive games for the Black Wolves and has 54 goals in his last 21 regular season games, an average of 2.57 goals per game. With 215 career goals and 253 career assists, he is just 32 points shy of 500.