Calgary Roughnecks & Buffalo Bandits held their spots in the NLL Power Rankings after Week 15 on IL Indoor. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
After six action-packed games in Week 15 of the National Lacrosse League regular season, Brian Shanahan has released his NLL Power Rankings on IL Indoor. The undefeated Edmonton Rush continued their historic start by improving to 14-0 and stayed atop Shanny's poll for the 11th-straight week.
"With six games on the schedule for Week 15, the biggest story of the weekend was disappointing news that Toronto Rock superstar Garrett Billings suffered a season-ending ACL tear," Shanahan writes. "Playing in his hometown of Langley against the Stealth, Billing’s knee appeared to buckle on an innocent play as he was driving towards the net. He had scored 7 points on Toronto’s first 9 goals and will end the season with 102 points. That in itself is a new NLL record as he became the first player to break the century mark in points for three straight seasons but it looks like no one will break John Grant’s record of 116 points this year. Toronto went on to win that game by a 17-9 score.
"In other games, the Edmonton Rush were given a scare but extended their record winning streak to 14 games with a 12-11 win over the Colorado Mammoth. The Rochester Knighthawks needed overtime to defeat the Minnesota Swarm 15-14 on Friday and then finished the sweep by defeating them 12-9 in Rochester on Saturday. The Calgary Roughnecks also picked up two wins on the weekend – both on the road. On Friday, they defeated the Philadelphia Wings 13-9 and on Saturday they rallied in the fourth quarter for a 16-13 win over the Buffalo Bandits in front of 16,000 fans. Let’s check out the Power Rankings."
1) Edmonton Rush (14-0)
The Edmonton Rush won their fifth one-goal game of the season by defeating the Colorado Mammoth by a final score of 12-11. Edmonton’s record breaking winning streak is now at 14 games but hitting 15 or 16 won’t be easy. Next week the Rush play the Mammoth in Colorado on Friday and return to Calgary to face the Roughnecks on Saturday.
3) Calgary Roughnecks (10-5)
The Calgary Roughnecks also seem to have the ability to turn up the offence when they really need it. Playing in Philadelphia on Friday and Buffalo Saturday, the Roughnecks trailed in both games heading into the fourth quarter. On Friday Calgary outscored Philly 6-1 in the final frame to win 13-9 and on Saturday the Roughnecks outscored the Bandits 7-1 in the 4th quarter for a 16-13 victory. The two victories extend Calgary’s winning streak to 4 games. The NLL’s top goal scorer Dane Dobbie scored 4 goals in each of those two games and is on pace to break the 50 goal mark this season. Next week Calgary will get their third crack at the Edmonton Rush when they host them on Saturday.
4) Buffalo Bandits (8-6)
For three quarters, it looked like home sweet home for the Buffalo Bandits as they controlled their game against the Calgary Roughnecks but the Bandits did not show up in the fourth quarter. On a night that Buffalo should be celebrating John Tavares 800th career goal, the Bandits ran their losing streak to four games as they fell to Calgary by a final score of 16-13. Next week Buffalo travels to Minnesota to meet the Swarm.