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Busy Weekend Kicks Off In Montreal

11/26/2001, 3:18pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The first game of the NLL?s third week of action takes place on Thursday at 6:30 pm (Eastern Time) in Montreal when the Express play host to the Calgary Roughnecks at the Molson Centre. In a rematch of last weekend?s game, the Roughnecks will try avenge last week?s loss and even their record.

On Friday evening at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time) the New Jersey Storm will play their first ever-home game at the Continental Airlines Arena against the New York Saints. It will be a game of many firsts. Storm owner Jayson Williams makes his return to New Jersey?s professional sports scene following an All-Star career with the New Jersey Nets. For New York, it?s the NLL debut of Gavin Prout, the overall number one selection from the League?s 2001 Entry Draft.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, the Ravens will welcome the Toronto Rock to the General Motors Place for their inaugural home game at 1:30 pm (Pacific Time). The Ravens (0-2) have yet to get into the win column this season and will attempt to break into the category on Saturday afternoon, while the Rock will attempt to improve to 2-0.

The Philadelphia Wings begin their 2001 title defense on Saturday evening when they travel to Albany for a 7:30 pm (Eastern Time) showdown with the Attack. Albany is looking to get above the .500 mark after losing to Rochester last Saturday.

The Washington Power take to their new home floor at the Capital Centre vs. the Rochester Knighthawks at 7:00 pm (Eastern Time). The Power (0-1) will look to avenge last weekend?s loss in Buffalo. Rochester (1-0) plays their first road game of the season after opening with a home win over Albany.

The Buffalo Bandits will go for their second straight victory after topping to the Power 17-16 last weekend, when they host Montreal on Saturday at 7:30 pm (Eastern Time). The Express not only became the first expansion team to gain a win this season, but in addition set a new record for goals scored in a single-game with their 32-17 win over Calgary last weekend.

Season number two of professional indoor lacrosse will officially get underway in Columbus this Saturday night when the Landsharks welcome New Jersey into the Nationwide Arena for an 8:00 pm (Eastern Time) start time.

The busy weekend concludes on Sunday at 2:00 pm (Eastern Time) when the Ottawa Rebel square off against the Calgary Roughnecks. Calgary will be searching for their first victory of the season while the Rebel will attempt to pick up their second straight victory and double their career win total.

Below are this weekend's game capsules:

Thur. Nov 29 Calgary Roughnecks @ Montreal Express 6:30 pm, Molson Centre

TV: SportsNet, RDS

Radio: None

Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Calgary (0-1, 2nd NLL Northern Division); Montreal (1-0, Tied for 1st NLL Central Division)

Key Players for Calgary: Forward John Kilbride (Tied for 4th in NLL scoring with 11 points); Forward Kaleb Toth (2nd in team scoring with 8 points); Forward Jason Wulder (Tied for team lead in goals with 4)

Head Coach: Chris Hall (1st season)

Key Players for Montreal: Forward Tracey Kelusky (Tied for 4th in NLL scoring with 11 points); Forward Joe Hiltz (1st in team assists with 7); Defense Brad MacArthur (1st in team face-off wins with 23)

Head Coach: Terry Sanderson (1st season)

Notable: This will be the second meeting between the two squads in less than six days? The two teams set a new NLL record for most combined goals by two teams in s single-game at 49 last Saturday?Montreal boasts the biggest arena in the NLL with a capacity of 21,273 seats.

Tickets: At Molson Centre Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (800) 361-4595 and online at www.Admission.com

Fri. Nov 30 New York Saints @ New Jersey Storm 8:00 pm, Continental Airlines Arena

TV: CNN/SI, HDNet

Radio: New Jersey- Jukebox Radio (101.3 FM), Joe Nolan (play-by play), Jason Carrier (Analyst)

Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com,

Record: New York (2001 Record: 6-8, 6th place); New Jersey (0-1, Tied for 2nd NLL Eastern Division)

Key Players for New York (2000-2001): Forward Roy Colsey (6th in NLL scoring with 76 points); Defense Joe Ghedina (3rd in NLL face-offs with 142 wins); Goaltender Gord Nash (1st in NLL saves with 571); Forward Mark Frye (2nd in team points with 43)

Head Coach: Sal LoCascio (2nd season)

Key Players for New Jersey: Forward Matt Panetta (1st in team goals with 3); Forward Cam Bomberry (1st in team scoring with 7 points); Forward Travis Kilgour (Tied for 2nd in team goals with 2); Goaltender Derek General (1st in team saves with 40); Defense Jamie Hanford (1st in NLL face-off wins with 26).

Head Coach: Jim Hinkson (1st season)

Notable: Singer Freddie Jackson will perform the National Anthem?The first 5,000 fans will receive a NJ Storm t-shirt?The game marks the first contest this season in which two NLL Eastern Division teams will compete with one and other.

Tickets: At Continental Airlines Arena Box Office, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at (201) 507-8900 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Sat. Dec 1 Toronto Rock @ Vancouver Ravens 1:30 pm (Pacific), General Motors Place

TV: SportsNet

Radio: Vancouver- The Team (1040 AM), Terry Murray (play-by play) and Jeff Gombar (analyst)

Toronto- The Fan (590 AM), Dan Dunleavy (play-by-play) and Blair Campbell (analyst)

Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Toronto (1-0, Tied for 1st NLL Northern Division); Vancouver (0-2, 4th NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for Toronto: Goaltender Bob Watson (2nd in NLL goals against with a 11.00 average); Forward Jim Veltman (1st in team loose balls with 18); Forward Dan Stroup (1st in team scoring with 6 points); Forward Blaine Manning (1st in team assists with 4)

Head Coach: Les Bartley (5th season)

Key Players for Vancouver: Forward Kyle Goundrey (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 9 points); Forward Chris Gill (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 9 points); Goaltender Dwight Maetche (3rd in NLL goals against with a 14.58 average)

Head Coach: Paul Dal Monte (1st season)

Notable: The game will be Vancouver?s inaugural home game?Toronto ranks 1st in penalty killing with a 66.7 percentage?Vancouver has taken the most shots in the NLL with 143.

Tickets: At General Motors Place Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (604) 669-7283 and online at www.Ticketmaster.ca

Sat. Dec 1 Rochester Knighthawks @ Washington Power 7:00 pm, Capital Centre

TV: None

Radio: Rochester-WYSL (1040 AM), Craig Rybczynski (play-by-play) and Bill Meagher (analyst)

Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Rochester (1-0, Tied for 1st NLL Central Division); Washington (0-1, Tied for 2nd NLL Eastern Division)

Key Players for Rochester: Forward Derek Malawsky (Tied for 5th in NLL scoring with 10 points); Forward Curt Malawasky (Tied for 1st in NLL goals with 7); Forward Cory Bomberry (1st in team face-offs with 14 wins); Forward John Grant (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 9 points).

Head Coach: Paul Day (5th season)

Key Players for Washington: Forward Gary Gait (Tied for 5th in NLL scoring with 10 points); Forward Paul Gait (1st in team goals with 4); Forward Del Halladay (Tied for 2nd in team scoring wit 7 points).

Head Coach: Darris Kilgour (2nd season)

Notable: The two teams split their regular season contests last year?Washington ranks 1st in power plays with a 85.7 percentage?Rochester ranks 4th in the penalty killing with a 47.1 percentage?The Power will be unveiling their new mascot.

Tickets: At Capital Centre Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (866) 769-3752 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Sat. Dec. 1 Philadelphia Wings @ Albany Attack 7:30 pm, Pepsi Arena

TV: None

Radio: None

Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Philadelphia (2001 record: 10-4, 2nd place); Albany (1-1, 2nd NLL Central Division)

Key Players for Philadelphia (2000-2001): Forward Jake Bergey (4th in NLL scoring with 86 points); Forward Tom Marechek (5th in NLL Scoring with 79 points); Goaltender Dallas Eliuk (2nd in NLL goaltender wins with 9); Forward Kevin Finneran (2nd in team assists with 39); Forward Peter Jacobs (5th in NLL face-offs wins with 123)

Head Coach: Adam Mueller (1st season)

Key Players for Albany: Forward Josh Sanderson (1st in NLL scoring with 15 points); Forward Dan Teat (2nd in NLL scoring with 13 points); Forward Mike Regan (Tied for 1st in NLL goals with 7); Goaltender Rob Blasdell (1st in NLL saves with 84)

Head Coach: Bob McMahon (1st season)

Notable: Albany has never beaten Philadelphia in four meetings?The Philadelphia Wings won the 2001 Champions Cup?The Attack ranks 2nd in penalty killing with a 60.5 percentage.

Tickets: At Pepsi Arena Box Office, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at (518) 476-1000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Sat. Dec 1 Montreal Express @ Buffalo Bandits 7:30pm, HSBC Arena

TV: None

Radio: None

Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Montreal (1-0, Tied for 1st NLL Central Division); Buffalo (1-0, Tied for 1st NLL Central Division)

Key Players for Montreal: See above

Head Coach: Terry Sanderson (1st season)

Key Players for Buffalo: Forward John Tavares (Tied for 1st in team points with 6); Goaltender Steve Dietrich (4th in NLL goals against with a 15.00 average); Forward Chris Driscoll (1st in team assists with 6)

Head Coach: Ted Sawicki (3rd season)

Notable: The two teams battled to a 15-13 Buffalo win in NLL preseason action?Montreal is 1st in NLL shots with average of 88 shots per game?

Tickets: At HSBC Arena Box Office, through Tickets Charge-by-Phone at (888) 223-6000 and online at www.Tickets.com

Sat. Dec 1 New Jersey Storm @ Columbus Landsharks 8:00 pm, Nationwide Arena

TV: None

Radio: New Jersey- Jukebox Radio (101.3 FM), Joe Nolan (play-by play), Jason Carrier (Analyst)

Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: New Jersey (0-1, Tied for 2nd NLL Eastern Division); Columbus (2001 record 3-11, 8th place)

Key Players for New Jersey: See above

Head Coach: Jim Hinkson (1st season)

Key Players for Columbus 2000-2001): Forward Gewas Schindler (8th in team scoring for New York with 14 points); Goaltender Phil Wetherup (Tied for 4th in NLL wins for Buffalo with 6); Defense Brent Rothfuss (Former Rochester Knighthawk and Buffalo Bandit)

Head Coach: Ron Roy (1st season)

Notable: Columbus begins it first season under new owner Charlie Russo?The Landsharks allowed the 3rd least amount of shots of any team last season with 972?

Tickets: At Nationwide Arena Arena Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone (614) 431-3600 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Sun. Dec 2 Calgary Roughnecks @ Ottawa Rebel, 2:00 pm, Corel Centre

TV: The Score

Radio: None

Webcast: None

Record: Calgary (0-1, 2nd NLL Northern Division); Ottawa (1-0, Tied for 1st NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for Calgary: See above

Head Coach: Chris Hall (1st season)

Key Players for Ottawa: Goaltender Matt Disher (1st in NLL goals against with a 10.00 average); Forward Jake Lawson (Tied for 1st in team scoring with 4 points); Forward Chris Konopliff (Tied for 1st in team assists with 3)

Head Coach: Marty Cooper (1st season)

Notable: Ottawa has allowed a league low average of 10.00 goals a game?Calgary ranks 3rd in power plays with a 78.5 percentage?Ottawa ranks 3rd in penalty killing with a 50.0 percentage.

Tickets: At Corel Centre Box Office, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at (613) 755-111 and online at www.Ticketmaster.ca

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