Buffalo Bandits & Rochester Knighthawks remain tight in the standings and IL Indoor's Power Rankings. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
After five National Lacrosse League games over three nights this past weekend, Brian Shanahan has released his NLL Power Rankings after Week 12 on IL Indoor. With the trade deadline and roster freeze coming up this week, teams have one last chance to make some moves for the playoff push.
The undefeated Edmonton Rush stayed atop Shanny's poll for the eighth-straight week after their 10th-straight win heading into a Week 13 matchup with the second-ranked Buffalo Bandits who will also play at Minnesota this weekend. The back-to-back champion Rochester Knighthawks are tied with Buffalo in the standings and right behind in the power ranks.
"It was the 12th weekend of the NLL season and we are getting more of the same results," Shanahan writes. "In other words Edmonton, Buffalo and Rochester continue to win over all opposition. Edmonton got their 10th win in a row when they ran all over the Calgary Roughnecks on their way to a 15-7 victory. Buffalo defeated the Colorado Mammoth 12-9 for their sixth straight win at home and the Rochester Knighthawks won two road games by defeating the Toronto Rock 17-12 on Saturday and the Philadelphia Wings 11-7 on Sunday. In the only other game of the weekend, the Rock salvaged a weekend split and distanced themselves from the Minnesota Swarm by defeating them 9-8 in overtime on Sunday.
"At least we know that one of the top two teams will lose next weekend. The Buffalo Bandits travel to Edmonton to meet the undefeated Rush in the 'must see' game of Week 13. Read on to find out more and to see how the results affected the Power Rankings."
1) Edmonton Rush (10-0)
Five out of eight IL Indoor writers picked Edmonton to lose this week in their game against the Calgary Roughnecks. No one believes Edmonton is going to run the table this regular season and recent play of both Edmonton and Calgary made it look like Edmonton would taste defeat on Friday’s battle in Calgary. The Rush had won close, low scoring games over the last few weeks and were meeting the highest scoring team in the NLL on their home floor in Calgary. The Roughnecks laid a whooping on the Toronto Rock to avenge an earlier loss the prevailing logic was that Calgary would do the same to Edmonton. Boy, were we wrong. From the opening quarter the Edmonton Rush dominated the Roughnecks as they cruised to a 15-7 victory for their record extending 10th win in a row. Next week the Rush will get a great test when they host the East division leading Buffalo Bandits.
2) Buffalo Bandits (8-2)
The Buffalo Bandits continue to roll along atop the East division by defeating the Colorado Mammoth 12-9 – the same score they defeated the Minnesota Swarm by last week.Mark Steenhuis had another good game for the Bandits with 3 goals and 2 assists. The Bandits would love to be the team that ends the Rush’s 10 game winning streak when they travel to Edmonton next week. After Edmonton the Bandits go to Minnesota for a Sunday.
3) Rochester Knighthawks (9-3)
The Rochester Knighthawks got 17 points from Cody Jamieson in their two victories this weekend. On Saturday the Knighthawks defeated the Toronto Rock 17-12 in a game that was a virtual repeat of their 17-9 victory exactly a month ago. This time the Knighthawks were down 9-4 late in the first half with Angus Goodleaf playing in relief of Matt Vinc who was pulled after allowing 8 goals on 14 shots. Cody Jamison led the Rochester comeback by scoring 4 goals in less than five minutes to start the second half and he and his teammates outscored the Rock 12-3 the rest of the way. On Sunday Matt Vinc was back on his game and Rochester took care of business in Philadelphia by defeating the Wings 11-7. Rochester has next weekend off but will host the Edmonton Rush on March 29th.