Flash Players of Week 16
1) Kyle Buchanan
The Seals have been on an absolute tear, and Buchanan is a big reason why.
He had an eight-point night, with his four goals helping to cement San Diego’s fifth consecutive win.
Buchanan would also spread out his offensive output. Four points in the first half and another four in the second.
The veteran now has 24 goals and 58 points in 13 games. He needs just 12 more points to set a new career high, and with how he’s been firing lately, he could reach that number in the next two contests.
2) Garrett Billings
I said last week that Billings would definitely be in consideration for the hypothetical comeback player of the year award. I retract that. He’d now be considered the runaway winner.
Another strong week has earned him a third consecutive week on our podium. The righty posted a pair of goals as well as six assists to lead the Seals another win. He would do the majority of his work in the first half, nabbing five points.
It’s been an incredible year for Billings. He currently has 64 points in 11 contests, with 49 of those being assists. Patrick Merrill deserves a ton of credit for bringing the uber-talented righty into the fold, as he’s one of the main reasons why the Seals are in a position to win the West Division.
3) Mark Matthews
As Jake Elliott put it, “I don’t think there’s another mailman that works on Saturday’s other than Mark Matthews.”
Matthews has always been the man in charge of leading the Rush’s offence. He scored on just one of his eight shots against Vancouver, but he managed to find other ways to get on the scoreboard.
The big lefty had seven assists on the night, with four of those helpers coming in the first quarter.
Saskatchewan jumped out to a big lead after one half and never looked back. They managed to stay within striking distance of the Seals with a handful of games remaining. If they want to win their sixth consecutive West title, they’ll need their best player to keep turning in these types of shifts.
With a defensive emphasis being put on Tom Schreiber and Rob Hellyer, a lefty had to have a game for the Rock, a Powless did that and more. He would finish the game with a hat trick and seven points, with two of his helpers coming off filthy behind-the-back passes. Toronto clinched a playoff berth with the win, and the man they call “Pow Pow” had a large hand in the victory.
The Knighthawks kept their postseason aspirations alive with a big victory over the New England Black Wolves. Hill got the nod in between the pipes for Rochester, and he was money, turning away 50 shots and earning the win on the road.
It’s been a bit of a down year for Church on the scoreboard, but he had a big performance on Saturday. He would have a first-quarter hat trick and finish the game with four tallies and seven points.
One goal, two assists, six loose balls, two caused turnovers, and 18 for 25 from the faceoff dot. Not a big deal. Withers dominated again, helping the Hawks to victory with his all-around performance. He’s also won a ridiculous 79.7 percent of draws across five games in the month of March, according to Lacrosse Flash’s Adam Levi.
Last but not least, we’ve gotta give some love to the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, who had 13 loose balls, two caused turnovers, and an assist in the win over New England.