The Nationals, who never relinquished the lead after taking a 2-1 advantage in the first, survived a flurry of shots from the Americans to maintain an 11-10 lead in the final minutes. Goaltender Mikey Thompson also had to deny Joe Resetarits on a penalty shot after a too many men call. Thompson, who retired from the NLL after the 2012 season, was playing possibly for the last time in an NLL arena.
“That was a big reason why I wanted to play in this game. I don’t know when my next opportunity to play in a facility like this is. I wanted to take full advantage of it,” said Thompson, who was playing in his first Bowhunter Cup.
With a hat trick and an assist for the Nationals, Cody Jamieson was crowned the Player of the Game.
“It feels great. There’s a lot of pride that goes into this game. They call it a ‘friendly,’ but as you can see it got heated. It just goes to prove everybody is out there to win. When you put on your country, your heritage, your jersey, it means something. It feels good to keep that trophy where it belongs,” said Jamieson.
Grant Catalino and Resetarits led the game with five points apiece. Catalino, a native of nearby Webster, NY, netted a game-high four goals, matching his total from last year’s Bowhunter Cup. Resetarits, who was recently drafted by the Calgary Roughnecks in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, added two goals and three assists.
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