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Nll Week #5 Preview

01/24/2003, 11:29am EST
By National Lacrosse League

With one game already in the record books this week (Toronto 15-Ottawa 6 on Thursday), the National Lacrosse League turns its attention to a busy weekend of action. With five games slated for week number five some teams will be looking to break out of the basements of their respective divisions while others look to strengthen their holds on first place. In addition to the action this weekend also marks a record in Philadelphia with the Wings celebrating their 17th season with the home opener on Saturday evening against Colorado. Below are this week?s game capsules.

Friday January 24 Calgary Roughnecks at Columbus Landsharks, 7:30 p.m., Nationwide Arena
TV: None
Radio: None
Webcast: None

Record: Calgary (2-1, Tied for 1st NLL Northern Division); Columbus (4-1, 2nd NLL Central Division)

Key Player for Calgary: Forward Kaleb Toth (Tied for 3rd in NLL goals with 11)

Head Coach: Chris Hall

Key Player for Columbus: Forward Pat Maddalena (Tied for 2nd in NLL scoring with 24 points)

Head Coach: Bob Hamley

Notable: Columbus, who is off to their best start in franchise history, ranks second in total NLL goals with 59?Calgary, also off to their best start in team history, ranks first in total NLL shot percentage with a .217 rating.

Last Meeting: First meeting this season

Tickets: At Nationwide Arena Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (614) 246-5297 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Friday January 24 Buffalo Bandits at Toronto Rock, 7:30 p.m., Air Canada Centre
TV: Rogers SportsNet
Radio: Fan 590-AM
Webcast: www.NLL.com

Record: Buffalo (3-0, 1st NLL Central Division); Toronto (3-2, 3rd NLL Northern Division)

Key Player for Buffalo: Forward John Tavares (Tied for 7th in NLL goals with 10)

Head Coach: Darris Kilgour

Key Player for Toronto: Forward Steve Toll (Tied for 7th in NLL goals with 10)

Head Coach: Les Bartley

Notable: Friday?s game marks the second for Toronto in as many nights after defeating Ottawa 15-6 on Thursday evening?Buffalo ranks second in NLL shot percentage with a .212 rating.

Last Meeting: First meeting this season

Tickets: At Air Canada Centre Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (416) 596-3075 and online at www.TorontoRock.com

Saturday January 25 Calgary Roughnecks at Buffalo Bandits, 7:00 p.m., HSBC Arena
TV: None
Radio: None
Webcast: None

Record: Calgary (2-1, Tied for 1st NLL Northern Division); Buffalo (3-0, 1st NLL Central Division)

Key Player for Calgary: Forward Kaleb Toth (Tied for 3rd in NLL goals with 11)

Head Coach: Chris Hall

Key Player for Buffalo: Forward John Tavares (Tied for 7th in NLL goals with 10)

Head Coach: Darris Kilgour

Notable: Both clubs will be playing their second game in less than 24 hours.

Last Meeting: First meeting this season

Tickets: At HSBC Arena Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (716) 855-4444 ex 82 and online at www.Tickets.com

Saturday January 25 Rochester Knighthawks at New York Saints, 7:30 p.m., Nassau Coliseum
TV: None
Radio: 950-WROC
Webcast: www.NLL.com

Record: Rochester (1-2, 4th NLL Central Division); New York (0-4, 4th NLL Eastern Division)

Key Player for Rochester: Forward Shawn Williams (Tied for 6th in NLL assist with 11)

Head Coach: Paul Day

Key Player for New York: Forward Chris Driscoll (Tied for 9th in NLL scoring with 18 points)

Head Coach: Pat McCabe

Notable: New York is third in NLL penalty killing with a .742 stoppage percentage?Rochester is third in NLL shot percentage with a .205 rating.

Last Meeting: First meeting this season

Tickets: At Nassau Coliseum Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (631) 567-9114 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Saturday January 25 Colorado Mammoth at Philadelphia Wings, 8:00 p.m., First Union Center
TV: None
Radio: None
Webcast: www.NLL.com

Record: Colorado (2-1, 1st NLL Eastern Division); Philadelphia (0-2, 3rd NLL Eastern Division)

Key Player for Colorado: Forward Gary Gait (Tied for 5th in NLL scoring with 19 points)

Head Coach: Rod Jensen

Key Player for Philadelphia: Forward Paul Cantabene (1st in team scoring with 10 points)

Head Coach: Adam Mueller

Notable: Both teams boast three of the all-time top face-off specialists in League history, Cantabene and Peter Jacobs (Philadelphia) and Jamie Hanford (Colorado)?The game marks the 17th home opener in the franchise?s history for the Wings in Philadelphia?.The Mammoth rank second in NLL save percentage with an .801 rating while the Wings are tops in League penalty killing with an .800 percentage.

Last Meeting: January 18, 2003, Philadelphia 9 at Colorado 13

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

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