Grant continues dominance

DAVID W. UNKLE -- Special to SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Rochester's John Grant loves Philadelphia.

He attended the University of Delaware, so it's always good to reunite with some local friends.

His father, John Grant, Sr., sat on the opposing bench in years past.

What Grant loves the most are the back-to-back wins against the Philadelphia Wings.

In their February 12th contest, Grant accounted for 12 points (2G, 10A) in a 16-15 win.

The Wings went back to the drawing board for tonight's game in hopes of shutting him down.

The result: 11 points (9G, 2A).

"That's why he's the best player in the world right now," said Wings head coach Lindsay Sanderson.

"He scored every way you can tonight and we had some very good players checking him."

The Peterborough, Ont. native and first overall pick in the 2000 NLL Entry Draft leads the league in scoring with 57 points (29G, 28A) in seven games.

"Last week we held him to two goals and ten assists," said Sanderson.

"One way or another, the man's going to get his points."

The K-Hawks chased goalkeeper Dallas Eliuk just 4:51 into the game after he surrendered three goals on eight shots.

Rochester had a 5-1 lead courtesy of Grant tallies at even-strength, on the power-play, and short-handed.

Philadelphia narrowed the gap to 7-4 at the half as Sanderson attempted to find a way to keep Grant off the scoreboard.

It didn't work.

After Philadelphia miraculously fought back to take their first lead of the night, 10-9 on goals by Tom Marechek (2G, 5A) and Keith Cromwell (3G, 2A), Grant came right back and added two tallies within a minute of Cromwell's goal.

The Wings answered with two goals of their own within 1:02 to go up 12-11 before Grant put the brakes on their momentum.

Matt Accursi (1G, 2A), knotted the score at 13 apiece with under two minutes to go in regulation and almost had the game-winner with 2.8 seconds left.

His shot hit the post setting the stage for Grant's third game-winning goal of the year.

It was Rochester's fifth consecutive win while Philadelphia lost for the fifth time in their last six games.

"The first quarter I felt pretty good, the second quarter I was just awful," said Grant.

"I was forcing it too much and was throwing some dumb shots."

"The third and fourth quarters I just tried to calm down and play the team game."

Added Sanderson, "if (Grant) had a bad second quarter, I'd hate to see his best."

David W. Unkle is a freelance sports writer and frequent contributor to SLAM! Sports. His work appears on several news outlets along with hosting The Topcat Sports Show in the Philadelphia market. David can be contacted via the Show's website at http://www.topcatsports.org or topcatsports@canoemail.com.


Videos

Photos