IL Indoor's Brian Shanahan has released his NLL Power Rankings after Week #2 of the 2014 season. (Photo: Graig Abel)
With the 2014 NLL season getting into gear, Brian Shanahan has released his NLL Power Rankings on IL Indoor after two Week #2 openers. The ranks were shaken up a bit after the Calgary Roughnecks visited the Toronto Rock for their season opener in a matchup of the 2013 NLL regular season division champions.
"Although we can now say that every team in the NLL has now played at least a game, Week #2 (2 games) was even quieter than Week #1 (3 games)," Shanahan writes. "We have only been given a glimpse of what to expect from the 2014 season. This week we saw the Toronto Rock defeat the Calgary Roughnecks with relative ease (16-11). Although Calgary’s late run made it look like we might have an exciting finish it was too little, too late. Too little, too late was also a way to describe the Colorado Mammoth on week one when they lost to Edmonton. That was not the case in Week #2. After falling behind the visiting Vancouver Stealth in the first half, the Mammoth went on a third quarter run to ignite their crowd and give them an exciting 13-12 victory."
4) Toronto Rock (1-0) (+2)
"The Toronto Rock also move up the Power Rankings but they are climbing the ranks because of a convincing home victory against the Calgary Roughnecks. New head coach John Lovell and his staff could not have hoped for a better game than they got from Toronto on Friday as they led the game from start to finish. Toronto travels to Buffalo to play Troy Cordingley’s Bandits on Friday."
6) Calgary Roughnecks (0-1) (-3)
"On Friday night the Calgary Roughnecks suffered the same problems that they did throughout 2013. They can score with anyone but they are way too loose defensively. It didn’t help that goaltender Mike Poulin also got off to a shaky start against the Rock. Calgary will look to turn things around when they host the Mammoth on Friday."
All nine teams are in action in Week #3 with six games starting with two Friday night matchups as the Buffalo Bandits (0-1) host the Toronto Rock (1-0) at First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m. ET before the Calgary Roughnecks (0-1) host the Colorado Mammoth (1-1) at Scotiabank Saddledome at 9 p.m. ET.