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Home And Home Series Highlight Busy Weekend Of Nll Action

01/21/2002, 11:17am EST
By National Lacrosse League

After winning three straight games the Columbus Landsharks dropped a 24-9 contest to Rochester last Saturday evening. The ?Sharks will now attempt to once again even out their record at 4-4 when they host the Vancouver Ravens on Friday night. The Ravens, who after losing a 17-12 battle last weekend against Washington, remain in second place in the NLL Northern Division. The action from the Nationwide Arena gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Montreal Express head Coach Terry Sanderson squares off against brother and former assistant Lindsay Sanderson when his Ottawa Rebel club, take part in a home and home series this weekend. The first of the games will occur on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Montreal before shifting to Ottawa on Sunday at 2pm. Despite a late rally by the Rebel last weekend against Albany, the team dropped its fifth straight game by the score of 18-17 against the Attack. The Express have also been on a losing streak of late, dropping their last two games 17-13 and 13-12 to Vancouver and Columbus, respectively.

After getting off to a rough start this season, the Philadelphia Wings have gotten back to their winning ways, claiming two consecutive victories last weekend over New York and New Jersey. Philadelphia hopes to continue its streak and improve to a winning record for the first time this season when they play host to the Buffalo Bandits. The Bandits, who defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 13-12 in overtime last Friday at home, are looking to add to their win column as well this weekend when they visit The City of Brotherly Love. The teams take to First Union Center floor for a 7:30 p.m. start time.

It will be a battle for first place in the NLL Eastern Division when the New York Saints and Washington Power square off in a home and home series of their own. Washington is 4-2 on the season, sitting a half game ahead of the Saints in the standings. The Saints however are off to their best start in years with a 4-3 mark. The first game takes place on Friday night on Long Island at 8pm before departing down Route I-95 for another contest less than 24 hours later at 7:30 p.m. in Washington. So far this season the Power are undefeated at home with a record of 3-0.

The NLL?s game of the week in both the United States and Canada takes place on Saturday afternoon when the Rochester Knighthawks travel across the border to face the Toronto Rock. After picking up victories last weekend, both teams currently occupy the first place spot in their respective divisions. The game, which will be shown live on both CNN/Si and SportsNet, gets underway at 3:30 p.m. A sellout crowd of 19,000 plus is expected at Toronto?s Air Canada Centre.

The Vancouver Ravens play their second game of the weekend when they travel to Buffalo to face the Bandits at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the two other double headers this weekend, these two franchises will also be playing their second contests in as many nights.

The Calgary Roughnecks play in their third straight home game on Sunday afternoon against the Albany Attack at 5pm (Mountain Time). The Roughnecks are coming off a hard fought 13-12 overtime loss to Buffalo last weekend, while the Attack captured a narrow 18-17 victory over Ottawa. The two organizations will both attempt to move closer to first place in their divisions with a win on Sunday.

Fri. Jan 25 Vancouver Ravens at Columbus Landsharks, 7:30 p.m., Nationwide Arena
TV: None
Radio: Vancouver- The Team (1040-AM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Vancouver (3-4, 2nd NLL Northern Division); Columbus (3-4, 5th NLL Central Division)

Key Players for Vancouver: Forward Jamey Bowen (2nd in NLL power play goals with 9); Forward Chris Gill (1st in team scoring with 35 points); Forward Peter Morgan (2nd in team goals with 14)

Head Coach: Paul Dal Monte

Key Players for Columbus: Forward Gewas Schindler (1st in team scoring with 34 points); Forward Neal Powless (2nd in team goals with 15); Forward Kasey Beirnes (2nd in team scoring with 25 points)

Head Coach: Ron Roy

Notable: Vancouver ranks third in NLL Power Play Percentages with 60.8

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

Fri. Jan 25 Ottawa Rebel at Montreal Express, 7:30 p.m., Molson Centre
TV: RDS
Radio: Montreal- The Team (990-AM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com
Record: Ottawa (1-5, 4th NLL Northern Division); Montreal (3-2, Tied for 3rd NLL Central Division)

Key Players for Ottawa: Goaltender Andrew Leyshon (3rd in NLL Goals Against Average with 12.98); Forward Mike Benedict (1st in team scoring with 31 points); Forward Ryan Painter (1st in team goals with 12)

Head Coach: Lindsay Sanderson

Key Players for Montreal: Forward Tracey Kelusky (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 41 points); Forward Ted Dowling (Tied for 9th in NLL scoring with 37 points); Forward Joe Hiltz (3rd in team scoring with 23 points)

Head Coach: Terry Sanderson

Notable: Montreal ranks second in NLL Power Play Percentages with 68.3?Montreal has allowed the second least amount of goals this season at 80

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

Fri. Jan 25 Buffalo Bandits at Philadelphia Wings, 7:30 p.m., First Union Center
TV: None
Radio: None
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Buffalo (3-2, Tied for 3rd NLL Central Division); Philadelphia (3-3, 3rd NLL Eastern Division)

Key Players for Buffalo: Forward John Tavares (1st in team scoring with 31 points); Forward Chris Driscoll (1st in team assists with 22); Forward Ryan Powell (2nd in team goals with 11)

Head Coach: Ted Sawicki

Key Players for Philadelphia: Forward Tom Marechek (1st in team scoring with 38 points); Forward Jeff Ratcliffe (1st in team goals with 19); Forward Kevin Finneran (2nd in team scoring with 32 points)

Head Coach: Adam Mueller

Notable: Philadelphia ranks third in NLL Penalty Killing Percentage with 55.2?This game will mark the first meeting between the two squads this season. The teams were scheduled to compete against one another on December 29, 2001, however due to a snow storm in Buffalo the game was rescheduled for February 22, 2002

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

Fri. Jan 25 Washington Power at New York Saints, 8pm, Nassau Coliseum
TV: None
Radio: None
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

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

Key Players for Washington: Forward Paul Gait (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 41 points); Goaltender Devin Dalep (4th in NLL Goals Against Average with 13.38); Forward Gary Gait (Tied for 7th in NLL scoring with 40 points)

Head Coach: Darris Kilgour

Key Players for New York: Forward Gavin Prout (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 41 points); Forward Roy Colsey (Tied for 7th in NLL scoring with 40 points); Forward Rusty Kruger (Tied for 2nd in team goals with 15)

Head Coach: Sal LoCascio

Notable: Washington ranks first in NLL Power Play Percentages with 80.0

Tickets: At Nassau Coliseum Box Office, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at (516) 888-9000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Sat. Jan 26 Rochester Knighthawks at Toronto Rock, 3:30 p.m., Air Canada Centre
TV: SportsNet, CNN/SI
Radio: Rochester- WYSL (1040-AM); Toronto- The Fan (590-AM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Rochester (7-1, 1st NLL Central Division); Toronto (3-2, 1st NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for Rochester: Forward John Grant (Tied for 3rd in NLL scoring with 49 points); Forward Derek Malawsky (Tied for 3rd in NLL scoring with 49 points); Goaltender Pat O?Toole (2nd in NLL Goals Against Average with 12.20)

Head Coach: Paul Day

Key Players for Toronto: Goaltender Bob Watson (1st in NLL Goals Against Average with 10.55); Forward Colin Doyle (1st in team scoring with 24 points); Forward Blaine Manning (Tied for 1st in team assists with 12)

Head Coach: Les Bartley

Notable: Toronto ranks second in NLL Penalty Killing Percentage with 61.5?The game marks a rematch of both the 1999 and 2000 NLL Champions Cup Game, both won by the Rock

Tickets: At Air Canada Centre Box Office, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at (416) 872-5000 and online at www.Ticketmaster.ca

Sat. Jan 26 New York Saints at Washington Power, 7pm, Capital Centre
TV: None
Radio: None
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

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

Key Players for New York: Forward Gavin Prout (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 41 points); Forward Roy Colsey (Tied for 7th in NLL scoring with 40 points); Forward Rusty Kruger (Tied for 2nd in team goals with 15)

Head Coach: Sal LoCascio

Key Players for Washington: Forward Paul Gait (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 41 points); Goaltender Devin Dalep (4th in NLL Goals Against Average with 13.38); Forward Gary Gait (Tied for 7th in NLL scoring with 40 points)

Head Coach: Darris Kilgour

Notable: Washington has allowed the second least amount of goals this season with 80?New York has scored the fourth most goals this season with 103

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

Sat. Jan 26 Vancouver Ravens at Buffalo Bandits, 7:30 p.m., HSBC Arena
TV: None
Radio: Vancouver- The Team (1040-AM); Buffalo- WSNA (107.6-FM)
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Vancouver (3-4, 2nd NLL Northern Division); Buffalo (3-2, Tied for 3rd NLL Central Division)

Key Players for Vancouver: Forward Jamey Bowen (2nd in NLL power play goals with 9); Forward Chris Gill (1st in team scoring with 35 points); Forward Peter Morgan (2nd in team goals with 14)

Head Coach: Paul Dal Monte

Key Players for Buffalo: Forward John Tavares (1st in team scoring with 31 points); Forward Chris Driscoll (1st in team assists with 22); Forward Ryan Powell (2nd in team goals with 11)

Head Coach: Ted Sawicki

Notable: This game marks the one and only meeting between the two teams this season?Buffalo ranks fourth in NLL Power Play Percentages with 60.6

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

Sun. Jan 27 Montreal Express at Ottawa Rebel, 2pm, Corel Centre
TV: The Score
Radio: None
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Montreal (3-2, Tied for 3rd NLL Central Division); Ottawa (1-5, 4th NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for Montreal: Forward Tracey Kelusky (Tied for 6th in NLL scoring with 41 points); Forward Ted Dowling (Tied for 9th in NLL scoring with 37 points); Forward Joe Hiltz (3rd in team scoring with 23 points)

Head Coach: Terry Sanderson

Key Players for Ottawa: Goaltender Andrew Leyshon (3rd in NLL Goals Against Average with 12.98); Forward Mike Benedict (1st in team scoring with 31 points); Forward Ryan Painter (1st in team goals with 12)

Head Coach: Lindsay Sanderson

Notable: This will be Ottawa?s first home game under new head coach Lindsay Sanderson

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

Sun. Jan 27 Albany Attack at Calgary Roughnecks, 5pm (Mountain Time), Pengrowth Saddledome
TV: None
Radio: None
Webcast: www.NationalLacrosse.com

Record: Albany (5-2, 2nd NLL Central Division); Calgary (4-6, 3rd NLL Northern Division)

Key Players for Albany: Forward Josh Sanderson (4th in NLL scoring with 48 points); Forward Gary Rosyski (5th in NLL scoring with 46 points); Forward Nick Trudeau (2nd in team goals with 19)

Head Coach: Bob McMahon

Key Players for Calgary: Forward Kaleb Toth (1st in NLL scoring with 61 points); Forward Ben Prepchuk (2nd in NLL scoring with 54 points); Forward Chris Panos (Tied for 3rd in NLL scoring with 49 points)

Head Coach: Chris Hall

Notable: Albany ranks first in NLL Penalty Killing Percentage with 64.2...Calgary leads the league in total goals scored with 155

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

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