Flash Players of Week 14
1) Chris Boushy, Forward, Rochester Knighthawks
In the recap of the trade deadline, I gave Rochester some flak for some of the players they traded away. While new acquisition Ryan Benesch was highlighted, I failed to mention the Knighthawks’ acquisition of Boushy for a fourth-round pick.
He made me look pretty bad over the weekend.
Boushy came into his debut with the Knighthawks with just eight goals on the season. The righty finished Friday’s contest against the Georgia Swarm with seven goals and two assists. He then potted a pair of goals and finished with four points against the Toronto Rock on Saturday.
Rochester is without Austin Shanks and Stephen Keogh on the right side, which will award Boushy with the ability to have a solid end to the campaign.
2) Dan Dawson, Forward, San Diego Seals
He didn’t earn the nickname “Dangerous” Dan Dawson for nothing. The 37-year-old has been great for the Seals this season and Saturday night was no different.
Dawson turned back the clock and put in a classic performance, finishing with five goals and a pair of assists on the night.
The veteran also got his 858th assist of his career, putting him in sole possession of third place all-time. Congrats on the accomplishment, Dan!
3) Mark Matthews, Forward, Saskatchewan Rush
Surprise, surprise. Mark Matthews had a great game against the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday night.
The Rush’s scoring leader was stinging corners all night long. He scored twice in the fourth quarter, first going short side on Bandits starter Matt Vinc and then firing a bullet to the opposite corner to tie the game at 10.
When all was said and done, Matthews finished with four goals and seven points on the evening. Although he’d certainly trade the strong personal performance for a win. The Rush dropped their fifth game of the campaign in overtime.
Jake Withers, Defence, Rochester Knighthawks
Despite the Knighthawks dropping both of their matchups over the weekend, they got some strong individual performances.
Withers was on a mission in the faceoff circle. He won 51 of 66 (77.2 percent) of his draws combined. He managed that feat against two of the best faceoff men in the league in Jordan MacIntosh and Jay Thorimbert.
Unfortunately for fans, the Knighthawks and Philadelphia Wings will not be playing each other for the rest of the season, meaning we’ll have to wait a year for another showdown between Withers and Trevor Baptiste.
Garrett Billings, Forward, San Diego Seals
Out of all the additions that Patrick Merrill made leading up to this season, Billings has proven to be arguably the best.
After putting up a massive performance last week - that earned him the NLL Player of the Week honours - he put up seven assists against the Philadelphia Wings this past weekend.
The Seals hold the top spot in the West and the righty is a big reason why.
Tyler Digby, Forward, New England Black Wolves
With Callum Crawford out of the lineup, more responsibility fell on Digby. While he’s known more for his finishing ability, he padded his assist totals over the weekend, finishing with six helpers against the San Diego Seals.
He’ll have to keep putting in great efforts like this in order for the Black Wolves to have success. They look to have the fourth and final spot in the east all but locked up. But the team needs to play strong down the stretch in order to be ready for any of the three teams above them.
Tom Schreiber, Forward, Toronto Rock
Another game, another strong outing from Captain America.
With a goal and five assists, he pushed his season total to 63 points in 11 games - he had 55 over the same span last season.
With Adam Jones still on the shelf, there will be added pressure on the Rock forwards to produce. Schreiber definitely did his part against Rochester on Saturday.