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Nll Week 6 Preview

12/18/2001, 3:32pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

Although the weather outside may be getting colder the action of the National Lacrosse League inside the arena?s is only getting hotter. With three games appearing on television and all four over the radio airwaves this week, the NLL is making head way in its quest to become the next major professional sport.

The bulk of the games this weekend will take place on Friday night and start with the 2-1 New York Saints traveling up the New York State Thruway to face off against the Central Division?s first place Albany Attack at 7:30pm (Eastern Time). The Attack, who are currently 3-1, return to action after earning a bye in their schedule last weekend. The Saints however are playing in their third straight week after losing a close game at home last Sunday against Buffalo, 16-13.

After defeating Philadelphia 15-10 last Saturday night in Rochester, the 2-1 Knighthawks take their game on the road as they visit Ottawa. The Rebel are coming off a 12-6 loss to Toronto last Friday night and are looking to even their record at

2-2. The two teams take to the floor on Friday for a 7:30pm (Eastern Time) showdown.

Newly appointed interim head coach Jim Brady will lead his New Jersey Storm into Canada for their first of two games on the weekend. The first stop will be in Calgary to take on the Roughnecks this Friday. The Roughnecks picked up their second victory on the season with a 20-13 win over Columbus, while the Storm dropped their fourth game of the season last weekend to Washington 21-9. Game time in the Pengrowth Saddledome is set for 7:30pm (Mountain Time).

The second game of the weekend for New Jersey will occur on Sunday when the team travels to Vancouver to do battle with the Ravens. The Ravens, who are fresh off a 17-13 victory over Montreal, are currently in second place in the Northern Division and are trying to gain ground on first place Toronto. The final game of the weekend, set to begin at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific will be shown live across both Canada on SportsNet and the United States on CNN/Sports Illustrated.

Fri. Dec 21 New York Saints at Albany Attack 7:30pm, Pepsi Arena

TV: Time Warner Cable-Channel 9 (Tape Delay Dec 27 8pm)
Radio: Albany- WROW (590-AM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: New York (2-1, Tied for 1st place NLL Eastern Division); Albany (3-1, Tied for 1st place NLL Central Division)

Key Players for New York: Forward Roy Colsey (Tied for 8th in NLL scoring with 24 points); Forward Gavin Prout (Tied for 9th in NLL scoring with 23 points); Goaltender Gord Nash (2nd in NLL goals against average with 12.74)

Head Coach: Sal LoCascio

Key Players for Albany: Forward Josh Sanderson (Tied for 7th in NLL scoring with 25 points); Forward Gary Rosyski (Tied for 10th in NLL scoring with 22 points); Goaltender Rob Blasdell (2nd in NLL saves with 175)

Head Coach: Bob McMahon

Notable: Albany and New York rank second and third respectively in penalty killing percentage with 59.6 and 56.0, respectively?The Attack will be throwing a "Holiday Bash'' party at 6pm with a live band, autographed photos and a chance to win an Microsoft Xbox system

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

Fri. Dec 21 Rochester Knighthawks at Ottawa Rebel 7:30pm, Corel Centre

TV: The Score
Radio: Rochester- WYSL (1040-AM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Rochester (2-1, Tied for 2nd NLL Central Division); Ottawa (1-2, 3rd place NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for Rochester: Goaltender Pat O?Toole (4th in NLL save percentage with .785); Forward John Grant (1st in team scoring with 20 points); Forward Curt Malawsky (1st in team goals with 11)

Head Coach: Paul Day

Key Players for Ottawa: Goaltender Andrew Leyshon (1st in NLL save percentage with .833); Forward Mike Benedict (1st in team scoring with 14 points); Forward Chris Konopliff (Tied for 1st in team goals with 6)

Head Coach: Marty Cooper

Notable: Both Rochester and Ottawa have allowed the third least amount of goals all season with an average of 13.0

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

Fri. Dec 21 New Jersey Storm at Calgary Roughnecks 7:30pm, (Mountain Time) Pengrowth Saddledome

TV: None
Radio: New Jersey- JukeBox Radio (101.3-FM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: New Jersey (1-4, 4th NLL Eastern Division); Calgary (2-3, Tied for 2nd place NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for New Jersey: Forward Matt Panetta (Tied for 1st in team goals with 8); Defense Jamie Hanford (1st in NLL face-offs wins with 66); Forward Cam Bomberry (1st in team scoring with 19 points)

Head Coach: Jim Brady

Key Players for Calgary: Forward Kaleb Toth (2nd in NLL scoring with 34 points); Forward Jason Wulder (3rd in NLL scoring with 31 points); Forward Ben Prepchuk (Tied for 4th in NLL scoring with 30 points)

Head Coach: Chris Hall

Notable: New Jersey ranks fourth in penalty killing percentage with 51.5?Calgary ranks second in total goals scored with 84

Tickets: At Pengrowth Saddledome Box Office, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at (403) 777-0000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.ca

Sun. Dec 23 New Jersey Storm at Vancouver Ravens 5pm (Pacific Time), General Motors Place

TV: CNN/SI; SportsNet
Radio: New Jersey- JukeBox Radio (101.3-FM); Vancouver- The Team (1040-AM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: New Jersey (1-4, 4th NLL Eastern Division); Vancouver (2-3, Tied for 2nd place NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for New Jersey: Forward Matt Panetta (Tied for 1st in team goals with 8); Defense Jamie Hanford (1st in NLL face-offs wins with 66); Forward Cam Bomberry (1st in team scoring with 19 points)

Head Coach: Jim Brady

Key Players for Vancouver: Forward Chris Gill (Tied for 7th in NLL scoring with 25 points); Goaltender Dwight Maetche (1st in NLL saves with 209); Forward Jamey Bowen (1st in NLL power play goals with 8);

Head Coach: Paul Dal Monte

Notable: New Jersey will be playing in their sixth consecutive game...Vancouver will help support the Empty Stocking Fund and the Vancouver Food Bank by rewarding fans who bring a gift, canned/dried food or donation with a pair of tickets to an upcoming home game.

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

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