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Wings Raise Championship Banner; Gait Brothers To Play In Front Of Hometown Fans In B.C.; Rivalries Continue To Heat Up In Busy Weekend Action

01/14/2002, 11:02am EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Philadelphia Wings make their long awaited debut at home this season on Friday night when they play their second consecutive game against the New York Saints at 7:30 p.m. The Wings will attempt to avenge a 21-18 loss to New York last Saturday on Long Island. The Saints however will look straighten their possession of first place in the NLL Eastern Division with a win. In addition to the game, the Wings will also raise their 2001 NLL Championship banner high into the rafters of the First Union Center. The game will be shown live on Comcast Sportsnet.

The Calgary Roughnecks will look to gain ground on first place in the NLL Northern Division, when they play host the Buffalo Bandits on Friday evening at 7pm (Mountain Time). After dropping a 15-12 home loss to Toronto last Saturday, the Roughnecks sit one game out of first place, while the Bandits hope to rebound from a 22-11 home loss against Rochester two weeks ago.

On Saturday afternoon the Albany Attack host their third straight game when they face-off against the Ottawa Rebel at 1pm at the Pepsi Arena. After winning their last three consecutive contests, the Attack dropped a 17-14 loss to NLL Central Division rival the Rochester Knighthawks last Saturday night. Ottawa has only been able to claim one victory this season. However, recent front office changes and the hiring of new head coach Lindsay Sanderson has the squad looking at new light for the remainder of the schedule.

The NLL?s game of the week in both the US and Canada takes place on Saturday afternoon in Vancouver when the Washington Power invade the General Motors Place to take on the Ravens at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). The game, which will be shown live on both CNN/SI and SportsNet, is the only regular season meeting between the two squads this year. The Power are coming off a hard fought 19-15 loss to Columbus last Sunday evening, while Vancouver, which has won its last two games in a row, sits just a half of a game behind Toronto for first place in the NLL Northern Division.

On Saturday evening, the League?s top team meets the League?s hottest team, when the 6-1 Rochester Knighthawks do battle with the Columbus Landsharks in Rochester. Rochester currently sits atop the NLL Central Division after defeating Albany 17-14 on Saturday. After starting out the season with three straight losses, the Landsharks have come on strong to claim three consecutive wins. The team claimed two of those victories last weekend, defeating both Montreal 13-12 and Washington 19-15. The teams take the floor at 8pm for the opening draw.

The League action concludes on Sunday afternoon when the Philadelphia Wings travel up the New Jersey Turnpike to take on the New Jersey Storm. The Wings will be playing in their second game of the weekend, while the Storm will compete in their first game in more than three weeks. Start time for the Fox SportsNet televised game is 1pm at the Continental Airlines Arena.

Fri. Jan 18 New York Saints at Philadelphia Wings 7:30 p.m., First Union Center
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Radio: None
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: New York (4-2, 1st NLL Eastern Division); Philadelphia (1-3, 3rd NLL Eastern Division)

Key Players for New York: Forward Roy Colsey (Tied for 8th in NLL scoring with 38 points); Forward Gavin Prout (10th in NLL scoring with 36 points); Goaltender Gord Nash (5th in NLL saves with 221)

Head Coach: Sal LoCascio

Key Players for Philadelphia: Forward Tom Marechek (1st in team scoring with 26 points); Forward Kevin Finneran (2nd in team scoring with 22 points); Forward Jeff Ratcliffe (1st in team goals with 15)

Head Coach: Adam Mueller

Notable: Philadelphia ranks third in NLL Power Plays with a 62.2 percentage?All fans in attendance will receive a Wings 2001-2002 schedule poster

Tickets: At First Union Center Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (215) 389-9571 and online at Ticketmaster.com

Fri. Jan 18 Buffalo Bandits at Calgary Roughnecks 7pm, (Mountain Time) Pengrowth Saddledome
TV: None
Radio: None
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Buffalo (2-2, Tied for 4th NLL Central Division); Calgary (4-5, 3rd NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for Buffalo: Forward John Tavares (1st in team points with 24); Forward Chris Driscoll (1st in team assist with 17 points); Forward Ryan Powell (2nd in team goals with 9)

Head Coach: Ted Sawicki

Key Players for Calgary: Forward Kaleb Toth (1st in NLL scoring with 58 points); Forward Ben Prepchuk (2nd in NLL scoring with 50 points); Forward Jason Wulder (3rd in NLL scoring with 46 points)

Head Coach: Chris Hall

Notable: Calgary and Buffalo rank sixth and seventh respectively in NLL Power Plays with a 53.9 and 53.8 percentage respectively

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

Sat. Jan 19 Ottawa Rebel at Albany Attack 1pm, Pepsi Arena
TV: Time Warner Cable-Channel 9 (Tape Delay Jan 22 8pm & Jan 24 8pm)
Radio: Albany- WROW (590-AM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Ottawa (1-4, 4th NLL Northern Division); Albany (4-2, 2nd NLL Central Division)

Key Players for Ottawa: Forward Mike Benedict (1st in team scoring with 26 points); Goaltender Andrew Leyshon (4th in NLL goals against average with 13.53): Forward Chris Konopliff (2nd in team scoring with 24 points)

Head Coach: Lindsay Sanderson

Key Players for Albany: Forward Josh Sanderson (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 41 points); Forward Gary Rosyski (7th in NLL scoring with 39 points); Forward Nick Trudeau (2nd in team goals with 16)
Head Coach: Bob McMahon

Notable: This will mark Ottawa?s first game under new head coach Lindsay Sanderson?Albany ranks third in the NLL in total points scored with 103

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

Sat. Jan 19 Washington Power at Vancouver Ravens 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time), General Motors Place
TV: CNN/SI; SportsNet
Radio: Vancouver- The Team 1040-AM
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Washington (3-3, 2nd NLL Eastern Division); Vancouver (3-3, 2nd NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for Washington: Forward Gary Gait (Tied for 11th in NLL scoring with 35 points); Forward Paul Gait (Tied for 11th in NLL scoring with 35 points); Goaltender Devin Dalep (5th in NLL goals against average with 13.68)

Head Coach: Darris Kilgour

Key Players for Vancouver: Forward Chris Gill (14th in NLL scoring with 32 points); Goaltender Dwight Maetche (3rd in NLL goals against average with 13.29); Forward Jamey Bowen (2nd in team scoring with 28 points)

Head Coach: Paul Dal Monte

Notable: Vancouver ranks second in NLL average attendance?Washington ranks first in NLL Power Plays with a 78.1 percentage?Vancouver ranks third in NLL Penalty Killing with a 50.0 percentage

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

Sat. Jan 19 Columbus Landsharks at Rochester Knighthawks 8pm, Blue Cross Arena
TV: None
Radio: Rochester- WYSL (1040-AM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Columbus (3-3, Tied for 4th NLL Central Division); Rochester (6-1, 1st NLL Central Division)

Key Players for Columbus: Forward Gewas Schindler (1st in team scoring with 29 points); Forward Neal Powless (2nd in team goals with 14); Goaltender Mike Miron (1st in NLL save percentage .798 percentage)

Head Coach: Ron Roy

Key Players for Rochester: Forward Derek Malawsky (Tied for 4th in NLL scoring with 44 points); Forward John Grant (5th in NLL scoring with 42 points); Goaltender Pat O?Toole (2nd in NLL goals against average with 12.57)

Head Coach: Paul Day

Notable: Rochester is tied for the best home record in the NLL at 3-0?The first 8,000 fans will receive a Rochester Knighthawks folder courtesy of the ESL

Tickets: At Blue Cross Arena Box Office, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at (716) 232-1900 and online at Ticketmaster.com

Sun. Jan 20 Philadelphia Wings at New Jersey Storm, 1pm, Continental Airlines Arena
TV: Fox SportsNet
Radio: New Jersey- Jukebox Radio (101.3-FM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Philadelphia (1-3, 3rd NLL Eastern Division); New Jersey (1-7, 4th NLL Eastern Division)

Key Players for Philadelphia: Forward Tom Marechek (1st in team scoring with 26 points); Forward Kevin Finneran (2nd in team scoring with 22 points); Forward Jeff Ratcliffe (1st in team goals with 15)

Head Coach: Adam Mueller

Key Players for New Jersey: Forward Cam Bomberry (1st in team scoring with 27 points); Forward Matt Panetta (1st in team goals with 11); Defense Jamie Hanford (1st in NLL face-offs with 118)

Head Coach: Jim Brady

Notable: The first 4,000 fans will receive complimentary Thunderstick noisemakers courtesy of the Storm.

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

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