After Game One games this past Saturday, the NLL East & West Division Finals series both conclude with Game Two this weekend.
After two Game One matchups this past Saturday in the National Lacrosse League playoffs, the four-team race for the 2014 Champion's Cup continues this weekend with the conclusion of the NLL Division Finals. The Edmonton Rush will host the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET while the Buffalo Bandits visit the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Bandits first edged the Toronto Rock 15-13 in the East Semifinal to face the defending back-to-back NLL champion Knighthawks for the Thruway Rivalry series. Meanwhile, the Roughnecks had advanced past Colorado Mammoth in the West Semifinal with a 16-15 overtime win for the right to take on the top-seeded Edmonton Rush for their Battle of Alberta series.
East Division Semifinal
Buffalo Bandits 15 at Toronto Rock 13
East #3 at East #2
West Division Semifinal
Colorado Mammoth 15 at Calgary Roughnecks 16 (OT)
West #3 at West #2
New to the postseason format, the Division Finals and Champion's Cup Finals both expand to a two-game series from the previous single-game elimination setup.
Buffalo hosted Game One of the East Division Finals at First Niagara Center on Saturday, May 10 and the series now shifts to Rochester for Game Two at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Calgary hosted Game One of the West Division Finals at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, May 10 and the series heads to Edmonton for Game Two at Rexall Place on Friday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET.
East Division Finals: Game One
Rochester Knighthawks 8 at Buffalo Bandits 12
East #1 at East #3
Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET at First Niagara Center
West Division Finals: Game One
Edmonton Rush 11 at Calgary Roughnecks 12 (OT)
West #1 at West #2
Saturday, May 10 at 9 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Saddledome
East Division Finals: Game Two
Buffalo Bandits 8 at Rochester Knighthawks 13
Tiebreaker: Buffalo Bandits 1 at Rochester Knighthawks 2
East #3 at East #1
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Blue Cross Arena
West Division Finals: Game Two
Calgary Roughnecks 13 at Edmonton Rush 15
Tiebreaker: Calgary Roughnecks 2 at Edmonton Rush 1
West #2 at West #1
Friday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET at Rexall Place
Teams who win both games shall win the two-game series. In the event of a series split with both teams winning one game, a 10-minute tiebreaker game will be played immediately following the conclusion of Game Two to determine the winner of the playoff series.
The Champion's Cup Finals will start the weekend of May 23-25 with Game One hosted by the lower-seeded team. Game Two of the Champion's Cup Finals will be hosted by the higher (best) seed on the weekend of May 30-June 1.
Final East Division Regular Season Standings
1) y- Rochester Knighthawks (14-4)
2) x- Toronto Rock (9-9)
3) x- Buffalo Bandits (8-10)
4) Philadelphia Wings (6-12)
5) Minnesota Swarm (4-14)
Final West Division Regular Season Standings
1) z- Edmonton Rush (16-2)
2) x- Calgary Roughnecks (12-6)
3) x- Colorado Mammoth (8-10)
4) Vancouver Stealth (4-14)
z- clinched top overall seed
y- clinched division
x- clinched playoff berth
Final NLL Overall Seeding
1) Edmonton Rush (16-2)
2) Rochester Knighthawks (14-4)
3) Calgary Roughnecks (12-6)
4) Toronto Rock (9-9)
5) Buffalo Bandits (8-10)
6) Colorado Mammoth (8-10)
7) Philadelphia Wings (6-12)
8) Vancouver Stealth (4-14)
9) Minnesota Swarm (4-14)
Saturday, May 3: East & West Division Semifinal
Saturday, May 10: East & West Division Finals Game One at Buffalo & Calgary
Friday, May 16: West Division Finals Game Two at Edmonton
Saturday, May 17: East Division Finals Game Two at Rochester
Weekend of May 23-25: Champion's Cup Finals Game One
Weekend of May 30-June 1: Champion's Cup Finals Game Two