The Panther City Lacrosse Club (3-3) will head to the great North to face the Saskatchewan Rush (1-4) on Saturday, February 3 at 7 p.m. on ESPN+ / TSN+, after a record-setting performance last week against the Las Vegas Desert Dogs that saw the club break multiple franchise records, while PCLC players also set personal and franchise records for single game performances.
Panther City defeated the Desert Dogs, 21-12 last Saturday and en route to the victory scored 15 first half goals, the most in a half in NLL history and the 21 goals were the most goals scored in franchise history. Panther City has eclipsed the 20-goal mark three times in franchise history and did so once last season and was one of four teams to do so. No team has scored 20+ goals this season in the NLL other than PCLC. The 21 goals were not the only franchise record that was broken as the team set new records for points (58), assists (37), power play assists (11) and tied their record for most power play goals (6).
Individually, Panther City was led by Callum Crawford who recorded 14 points (8G/6A) on the evening. He became the only player in NLL history to record multiple 14-point games as he tied his career high (prev: 12/27/19 NE vs. NY). His eight goals set a new career high, of which he became the 7th player in league history to record at least 8 goals in a game and his 12 first-half points are the most in a half in NLL history. Crawford was appearing in his 250th career game and became only the 18th player in league history to accomplish this.
Joining Crawford in the scoring spree was fourth-year forward Will Malcom who recorded 12 points (4G/8A), of which his eight assists tie a career high that he set nearly a year ago (1/28/23 at VAN). Phil Caputo set a career high with five goals. Second-year forward Mathieu Gautier set a career high with seven assists and five PCLC players recorded at least six points (Crawford – 14, Malcom – 12, Donville – 8, Gautier – 8 & Caputo – 6).
Saskatchewan enters the contest having only played in five games and has some new faces on either end. Former Panther City player Patrick Dodds, Mike Triolo and Cameron Wengreniuk are all members of the Rush. Veteran goalie Frank Scigliano, formerly of San Diego, continues his career in Saskatoon and has made 191 saves thus far this season. Zach Manns leads offensively (28 points – 14G/14A) and Mike Messenger leads the D with 11 CTOs.