The Toronto Rock moved up in the NLL Power Rankings after Week 7 while the Philadelphia Wings fell. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
After another great weekend of National Lacrosse League action, the NLL Power Rankings are now up on IL Indoor. It should come as no surprise that the undefeated Edmonton Rush sit atop Brian Shanahan's poll, but there were some movers in the middle of the pack after a busy Week 7.
"There were five games on weekend 7 of the 2014 NLL season," Shanahan writes. "On Friday, the Toronto Rock exploded for a 20-10 victory over the Philadelphia Wings. Just over a week ago, we were talking about Garrett Billings' slow start to the season. On Friday, he scored 6 goals on 7 shots and also added 6 assists to challenge for the league scoring lead. On Saturday, the marquee matchup was the Buffalo Bandits at Rochester. Rochester survived a second-half surge by the Bandits to win 9-6 in a game that showed the Bandits and Knighthawks hate each other as much as the Bandits and Rock do. Edmonton won their 6th in a row in Philly by an 8-6 margin, giving the Wings two losses on the weekend. In Minnesota, the visiting Roughnecks had a 15-13 victory and in Langley BC, the Colorado Mammoth (without Adam Jones) defeated the Vancouver Stealth (without Rhys Duch) 10-9. Let’s check out the Power Rankings."
4) Toronto Rock (3-3) (+1)
We are starting to see a pattern emerge with the Toronto Rock. Lose on the road and kick butt at home. After their 20-10 victory against the Philadelphia Wings the Toronto Rock are a dominant 3-0 at home. Of course the flip side is that they are 0-3 on the road but they won’t have to worry their road record next week when the Rochester Knighthawks come to town.
7) Philadelphia Wings (3-5) (-4)
It was a tough weekend for the Philadelphia Wings as they lost both games, 20-11 in Toronto and 8-6 to Edmonton in Philly. It didn’t help that the Wings were without their leader Jordan Hall for both games because of work commitments, On the bright side, the Wings were much better on Saturday than they were in Toronto. They welcomed goaltender Brandon Miller back after holding out for the early part of the season. Philly is hoping that the Brandon Miller & Evan Kirk goaltending tandem can be as successful as they were last summer. The Wings travels to Buffalo next weekend.