by Dan Libon
BOSTON, MA- After dictating the pace of the game during the third quarter during their first 2011 NLL conference game against the Philadelphia Wings, the Boston Blazers once again came out with a strong during the third quarter of their home opener, which decided Saturday’s outcome against the [0-2] Edmonton Rush.
In front of 8,000 fans at the T.D. Garden, the Blazers earned their first home win of the season, as well as improved to [2-0] in the standings.
It was apparent from the start of the game that Edmonton’s speed was going to be a factor, but after a quick 55-seconds, Edmonton forward Alexander Hill scored a quick goal to take an early 1-0 lead. Although, Boston’s defense improved and eventually they too, would get on the board as Blazers forward Nick Cotter found the back of the net off of a pass from captain Dan Dawson.
As the first quarter progressed, both teams displayed their defensive strategy and relied heavily upon their goaltenders. The Blazers continued to have opportunities on both the power play and odd man rushes, but the goaltending of Matt Disher kept more goals off the board. On the other side, Blazers goalie Anthony Cosmo showed off his goaltending and continued to demonstrate to all fans that he clearly is one of the best in the league.
The second quarter exhibited more defense on both ends, but the Edmonton transition game continued to flourish at times while the Blazers did everything they could to delay and stop the Rush’s “run-n-gun” offense. Edmonton attempted to outrun and score on the Blazers at times, but it would be Cotter who once again who would break the 1-1 tie and give Boston their first lead of the evening.
During the third quarter, the Blazers dominated every aspect of the contest, as well as tallied numerous points on the gigantic scoreboard. Leading the Rush by three points, they would eventually tally two more goals and clinch the victory.