FORT WORTH TX – Patrick Dodds scored the game winner with just 49 seconds to play as the Panther City Lacrosse Club survived a late rally by the Vancouver Warriors, hanging on for a 11-10 victory in Texas on Saturday night.
Nick Damude was stellar in net on the evening for Panther City, turning aside 39 of 49 shots in the win, as PCLC led never trailed in the game, maintaining leads of 4-2 at the half and 6-3 after three quarters before a furious fourth quarter saw 12 goals scored between the two clubs.
Kyle Killen scored his third goal of the game with 1:02 left in the final frame to even the game at 10-10 and quiet down the Ft Worth crowd of 4714. However, moments later Dodd’s heroics would seal the win for Ft. Worth.
Keegan Bal also had three goals on the evening, to go with three more assists for six points on the night. In addition to Killen and Bal popping three goals, Vancouver had goals from Marty Dinsdale, Ryan Martel, Reid Bowering and Adam Charalambides. Riley Loewen posted five assists in the loss.
Steve Fryer started the game between the pipes for Vancouver, but was unable to finish as he sustained an injury early in the third quarter. Alex Buque mopped up for the Warriors over the final 20 minutes of the game.
With the setback, Vancouver falls to 5-4 on the season, but remain locked into third place in the Western Conference standings. Next up for the Warriors, a trip to the Maritimes to face the Halifax Thunderbirds in their first ever meeting. Game time will be at 3 PM Pacific time, is TSN’s game of the week and a key matchup in the race for the Alterna Cup, awarded to Canada’s top team.
Next Warriors home game is on Saturday, March 12 when the Toronto Rock fly west to battle Vancouver. It’s JERSEY NIGHT, so make sure you wear your favorite jersey and check out the Fastest Game on Two Feet. For single game tickets, flex packs, group tickets and VIP suites for the Warriors home games are on sale at tickets.vancouverwarriors.com/.