Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thompson NLL Player of the Week

Buffalo Bandits goaltender Mike Thompson is the National Lacrosse League's Overall Player of the Week for the games played on March 4-6, Week #9 of the 2011 regular season. 
Thompson had a tremendous weekend in net for the Bandits by posting two wins. In his first game, he made 40 saves on 48 shots in an 11-8 victory against the visiting Rochester Knighthawks. He continued his strong play less than 24 hours later in Sunday's game against the Boston Blazers. Thompson only let up 8 goals against one of the league's top offenses. He made 27 saves, including a number of big ones in the game's final minutes to preserve a Bandits 9-8 road victory. These wins move the Bandits into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Division with a 6-3 record. 
Washington Stealth defenseman Mike Grimes has been awarded the Defensive Player of Week. Grimes picked up 11 loose balls and forced 2 turnovers in the Stealth's 18-10 rout of the Rush in Edmonton. He also added 2 goals and 1 assist in the win.
Lewis Ratcliff of the Washington Stealth has been named the Offensive Player of the Week. Ratcliff fueled the Stealth offense in a convincing road win over the Rush. He recorded a total of 9 points with 4 goals and 5 assists, while adding 4 loose balls. 
For the second consecutive week, Jordan Hall of the Rochester Knighthawks has been named Transition Player of the Week. Hall recorded a season-high 6 points in Rochester's game on Saturday. He posted 3 goals, 3 assists, and 6 loose balls in a close, but losing effort against the Buffalo Bandits. 
Toronto Rock forward Rob Hellyer was awarded Rookie of the Week honors for his play this past week. In his NLL debut, Hellyer recorded 4 points and picked up 3 loose balls in a 15-10 win over the Philadelphia Wings. He scored a highlight reel goal and dished out 3 assists.

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