By Winter Adams
BOSTON, MA- Emotions ran high at the TD Garden on Saturday, as the Boston Blazers [5-3] defeated the Colorado Mammoth [1-5], 11-6.
The game began with a touching ceremony that honored a fallen soldier. The Blazers announced that the remainder of the season would be dedicated to Army Ranger Lt. Scott Milley of Sudbury, MA, who was killed in combat on November 30, 2010.
“It was unbelievable; I’ve never been a part of anything like that. I’d say it was the most unbelievable thing to take part in before or even during a game,” said Blazers forward Josh Sanderson.
Within the first five minutes, the Mammoth defense had no problem shutting down their opponent, but after a fight between Blazers defenseman Jack Reid and Mammoths forward Cliff Smith, Boston would use the excitement and momentum to record five goals and an additional six, during the final 30-minutes. The Blazers relied heavily on Sanderson, who finished the evening with a hat trick.
“There was a lot of trash talk obviously [on the field], emotions were running high,” said Sanderson.
The Blazers will travel to Minnesota next Saturday, February 19, for another important NLL game at 8:30pm eastern.