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Week #6 Preview

01/30/2003, 2:36pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League action heats up this weekend when all twelve teams hit the arena turf. With many of the games being broadcast live on both television and radio, this weekend's slate of contests promises to be exciting all the way up to the final buzzer.

Off to their worst start since 1995, the New York Saints will look to get on the winning track this weekend when they square off against the Eastern Division leading Colorado Mammoth at Pepsi Center. The Mammoth however are also looking for a victory as well in an effort to strengthen their hold on first place with a victory.

It will be a Northern Division showdown this weekend when the Calgary Roughnecks face-off against the Vancouver Ravens in a home-and-home weekend series starting on Friday at 7:30 from the Pengrowth Saddledome before moving to the General Motors Place on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. With both games being broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet, the two clubs will be looking to claim the season series sweep and move up in the division.

Fresh off a bye week the New Jersey Storm will try and even out their record at .500 against an Ottawa Rebel team that is off to their best start in team history with a record of 2-3 as well. The game, which will be shown live on Rogers Sportsnet, gets underway at 3:30 p.m. from the Ottawa Civic Centre.

Many teams and fans will surely have their eyes on Columbus, Ohio and the Nationwide Arena on Saturday evening, the site where two Central Division powerhouses collide when the 4-1 Buffalo Bandits take on the 5-1 Columbus Landsharks. The Landsharks, who sit atop the Central Division, will be challenged for first place against the Bandits. Game-time is set for 7:30 p.m.

In a re-match of last year's NLL Semi-Finals Playoff game, the Rochester Knighthawks and Albany Attack take part in a home-and-home series of their own this weekend. Both teams are hoping to get back to their dominant winning ways of last season after starting this year with losses. The two squads will face-off in Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena on Friday night at 7:35 p.m. before traveling east to Albany's Pepsi's Arena for a 4:00 p.m. Sunday matinee.

After losing their first two straight games to open up the season on the road, the Philadelphia Wings returned to home turf last weekend and claimed their first victory of the season over Colorado. Toronto on the other hand has come on strong as of late and as a result have taken a hold on first place in the Northern Division. The two meet for the first of two games this year on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. at the First Union Center.

Below are this week's game capsules.

Fri. Jan 31
New York Saints at Colorado Mammoth
7:00 p.m., Pepsi Center

TV: None

Radio: None

Webcast: None

Record: New York (0-5, 4th Eastern Division); Colorado (2-2, 1st Eastern Division)

Key Players for New York: Forward Chris Driscoll (3rd in NLL goals with 14); Goaltender Gord Nash (1st in NLL save percentage with an average of 31.20); Forward Gavin Prout (2nd in team scoring with 20 points)

Head Coach: Pat McCabe

Key Players for Colorado: Forward Gary Gait (6th in NLL scoring with 25 points); Forward Ted Dowling (9th in NLL scoring with 24 points); Defenseman Jamie Hanford (1st in team face-off's with a .576 winning percentage)

Head Coach: Rod Jensen

Notable: Colorado ranks first in team attendance with an average of 16,366: New York ranks second in NLL face-off's with a .561 winning percentage: This game marks the first of two straight meetings between the two clubs.

Last Meeting: First meeting this season

Tickets: At Pepsi Center Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (303) 405-1101 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Fri. Jan 31
Vancouver Ravens at Calgary Roughnecks
7:30 p.m., Pengrowth Saddledome

TV: Rogers Sportsnet (Live)

Radio: None

Webcast: www.NLL.com

Record: Vancouver (2-1, 2nd Northern Division); Calgary (2-3, Tied for 3rd Northern Division)

Key Players for Vancouver: Forward Dan Stroup (1st in team scoring 19 points); Forward Cam Sedwick (2nd in team scoring with 17 points); Forward Peter Morgan (1st in team goals with 8)

Head Coach: Paul Dal Monte

Key Players for Calgary: Forward Kaleb Toth (9th in NLL goals with 12); Goaltender Curtis Palidwor (3rd in NLL save percentage with an average of 28.60); Forward Kyle Goundrey (2nd in team scoring with 17 points)

Head Coach: Chris Hall

Notable: Vancouver ranks second in Power Plays with a .562 scoring percentage: Calgary ranks third in both shot percentage (.208) and power play goals per game with an average of 3.60.

Last Meeting: First meeting this season

Tickets: At the Pengrowth Saddledome Box Office, through Charge-by-Phone at (403) 294-9244 or online at Ticketmaster.com

Sat. Feb 1
New Jersey Storm at Ottawa Rebel
3:30 p.m., Ottawa Civic Centre

TV: Rogers Sportsnet (Live)

Radio: New Jersey (JBN Media)

Webcast: www.NLL.com

Record: New Jersey (2-3, 2nd Eastern Division); Ottawa (2-3, Tied for 3rd Northern Division)

Key Players for New Jersey: Forward Roy Colsey (3rd in NLL scoring with 14 goals); Forward Scott Stewart (2nd in team scoring with 15 points); Goaltender Derek General (4th in NLL save percentage with an average of 35.50)

Head Coach: Jim Brady

Key Players for Ottawa: Forward Kevin Howard (1st in team scoring with 18 points); Forward Jason Clark (2nd in team goals with 10); Forward Stephen Evans (1st in team assists with 7)

Head Coach: Terry Sanderson

Notable: New Jersey ranks first in both penalty-killing with a .741 percentage and in face-off's with a .562 winning percentage: Ottawa ranks third in both total shots with 348 and short handed goals with 4: The Rebel will be giving away two trips to Toronto during Saturday's game with each winner receives round-trip rail transportation for two, accommodation in Toronto and two lower-bowl tickets to the Ottawa versus Toronto Rock game February 7 at the Air Canada Centre.

Last Meeting: First meeting this season

Tickets: At the Ottawa Civic Centre Box Office, Through Charge-by-Phone at (613) 231-5608 ext. 224 or online at OttawaRebel.com

Sat. Feb 1
Buffalo Bandits at Columbus Landsharks
7:30 p.m., Nationwide Arena

TV: None

Radio: None

Webcast: None

Record: Buffalo (4-1, 2nd Central Division); Columbus (5-1, 1st Central Division)

Key Players for Buffalo: Forward John Tavares (1st in NLL scoring with 38 points); Forward Mike Accursi (9th in NLL goals with 12); Forward Jason Crosbie (Tied for 7th in NLL assists with 14)

Head Coach: Darris Kilgour

Key Players for Columbus: Goaltender Mike Miron (2nd in NLL save percentage with an average of 25.50); Forward Pat Maddalena (4th in NLL scoring with 28 points); Forward Dan Dawson (2nd in team scoring with 13 goals)

Head Coach: Bob Hamley

Notable: Both teams own the League's best home record at 3-0 this season: Columbus ranks first in loose balls with 528: Buffalo ranks second in both goals with 77 and assists with 96.

Last Meeting: Sat Jan 11 Columbus 6 at Buffalo 20

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

Sat. Feb 1
Albany Attack at Rochester Knighthawks
7:35 p.m., Blue Cross Arena

TV: WB-16 (Tape Delay 2/1 at 9:30 p.m.)

Radio: Rochester (950-WROC)

Webcast: www.NLL.com

Record: Rochester (2-2, 4th Central Division); Albany (2-3, 3rd Central Division)

Key Players for Albany: Forward Gary Rosyski (9th in NLL scoring with 24 points); Forward Josh Sanderson (6th in NLL scoring with 25 points); Forward Mike Regan (1st in team goals with 11)

Head Coach: Bob McMahon

Key Players for Rochester: Forward John Grant (6th in NLL scoring with 25 points); Forward Shawn Williams (7th in NLL assists with 14); Forward Cory Bomberry (2nd in team assists with 14)

Head Coach: Paul Day

Notable: Rochester ranks fifth in total goals with 61.

Last Meeting: First meeting this season

Tickets: At the Blue Cross Arena Box Office, Through Charge-by-Phone at (585) 232-1900 and online at www.Knighthawks.net

Sat. Feb 1
Toronto Rock at Philadelphia Wings
8:00 p.m., First Union Center

TV: Comcast Sportsnet (Live)

Radio: Toronto (Fan-590)

Webcast: www.NLL.com

Record: Toronto (4-2, 1st Northern Division); Philadelphia (1-2, 3rd Eastern Division)

Key Players for Toronto: Forward Colin Doyle (2nd in NLL scoring with 36 points) Forward Blaine Manning (2nd in NLL scoring with 30 points); Forward Jim Veltman (1st in NLL loose balls with 73)

Head Coach: Les Bartley

Key Players for Philadelphia: Forward Paul Cantabene (1st in team scoring with 16 points); Forward Tom Marechek (1st in team assist with 8); Forward Jeff Ratcliffe (3rd in team scoring with 11 points)

Head Coach: Adam Mueller

Notable: Toronto ranks first in both goals with 79 and assists with 106: The Rock and Philadelphia rank third and fourth in penalty-killing with .667 and a .647 percentage, respectively.

Last Meeting: First meeting this season

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

Sun. Feb 2
Calgary Roughnecks at Vancouver Ravens
2:00 p.m., General Motors Place

TV: Rogers Sportsnet (Tape Delay)

Radio: None

Webcast: www.NLL.com

Record: Calgary (2-3, Tied for 3rd Northern Division); Vancouver (2-1, 2nd Northern Division)

Key Players for Calgary: Forward Kaleb Toth (9th in NLL goals with 12); Goaltender Curtis Palidwor (3rd in NLL save percentage with an average of 28.60); Forward Kyle Goundrey (2nd in team scoring with 17 points)

Head Coach: Chris Hall

Key Players for Vancouver: Forward Dan Stroup (1st in team scoring 19 points); Forward Cam Sedwick (2nd in team scoring with 17 points); Forward Peter Morgan (1st in team goals with 8)

Head Coach: Paul Dal Monte

Notable: The game marks the second game in three-days between the two clubs: Vancouver will be releasing their first-ever Van Raven bobble head doll at the game

Last Meeting: Jan 31 Vancouver at Calgary 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: At the General Motors Box Office, Through Charge-by-Phone at (604) 899-5300 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Sun. Feb 2
Rochester Knighthawks at Albany Attack
4:00 p.m., Pepsi Arena

TV: None

Radio: None

Webcast: None

Key Players for Rochester: Forward John Grant (6th in NLL scoring with 25 points); Forward Shawn Williams (7th in NLL assists with 14); Forward Cory Bomberry (2nd in team assists with 14)

Head Coach: Paul Day

Key Players for Albany: Forward Gary Rosyski (9th in NLL scoring with 24 points); Forward Josh Sanderson (6th in NLL scoring with 25 points); Forward Mike Regan (1st in team goals with 11)

Head Coach: Bob McMahon

Notable: This game marks the second game in less than 24 hours between the two clubs: Albany ranks fourth in goals against average with a 10.81 percentage.

Last Meeting: Sat Feb 1 Albany at Rochester, 7:35 p.m.

Tickets: At the Pepsi Arena Box Office, Through Charge-by-Phone at (518) 427-8145 and online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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