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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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After Nearly Hitting Rock Bottom Toronto Turned Their Season Around

After seeing themselves at their worst, the Toronto Rock knew they needed to change.

In the hours and days following the Rock’s 12-6 road loss to the Buffalo Bandits back on January 8th, there was a powerful sense of disappointment and dejection within all areas of the organization.

Rock Head Coach Matt Sawyer noted that watching the game film back showed the players how they had woefully underperformed against one of their fiercest East Conference rivals. When the game is on film, there’s no place to hide from your mistakes.

“We said to the guys [in the video session], ‘you can’t argue that what we’ve shown you up to this point of the season is good enough,’” Sawyer said. “It was a challenge from us coaches to our players. None of us had been good enough, even ourselves as coaches.”

Not only had the Rock dropped to 2-2 for the year – the 6-goal loss was the largest since the 2019 season – their six goals scored was also the fewest since March 2019. The team had a chance to redeem themselves against the Halifax Thunderbirds the next week but were ultimately unsuccessful. Despite a much more admirable effort, the Rock fell 14-13 in overtime.

The team had now fallen to 2-3 in their first five games – it was their worst five-game start to an NLL season since 2016 – and were on pace to finish the year with a record of 7-11. Had the Rock finished this year with that record, it would have only been the 5th time in their storied 23-year history where they had seven or fewer wins (not including the 2020 shortened season).

Sawyer knew his guys were finally trending in the right direction – he considered that January loss to Halifax the team’s best performance of the season up to that point – and with a week off, there was a hope that the team would be ready to perform at their best after the bye week.

“After that loss, we had a bye week, and we were able to reset and refocus,” Sawyer said. “We realized that we were a good team, we felt like we were a team that would get to do something special this year, and it was time to get to work.”

With the impacts of COVID-19 and injuries having affected this team throughout the first couple of months of the season, the Rock searched far and wide for players to step up and fill the shoes of the men they were missing; this team used every man at their disposal.

Jordan McKenna was able to play a few games while his hockey season was on hold due to COVID, 22-year-old 3rd-string goaltender Troy Holowchuk grabbed some big minutes early in the year, and forward Mark Cockerton was able to suit up for the team on a Friday despite getting the call to join the Rock 24 hours before game time. These were just a few examples of how the Rock were able to dig deep in their attempts to win games.

Following that Thunderbirds loss, the Rock have looked like the team they knew they could be. They have now won 10 of their last 12 games heading into this final week of the NLL’s regular season – that’s more wins than 12 different Rock past seasons. . If they were to win against the Bandits in Week 22, the Rock would finish this year with a 13-5 record, which would be the team’s 2nd-most regular season wins in the team’s history.

Regardless of the roadblocks this team had to face and the unfortunate results that piled up in the first handful of weeks, forward Dan Craig echoed a message of belief that he and his teammates would soon turn things around.

“It has always been in us that want and need to win, we were just not performing to the level that we wanted at the early stages of the years, and we recognized that,” Craig said. “Sometimes it takes hearing that from your coaches and other outside sources to really kick things into gear.”

Outside of the Bandits, the Rock have arguably done more than any other team in the NLL this season to prove that they deserve to be in the postseason and be in the conversation as genuine title contenders. And although their upcoming game against the Bandits is relatively meaningless (in terms of playoff positioning), Craig and the Rock are approaching this final game just as they’ve approached many of their other matches during this second half of the season: a must win.

“Playing Buffalo heading into the playoffs is super important because we get to play one of the best teams in the league and make sure that we’re sharp,” Craig said. “We want to prove a point to ourselves and the rest of the league that we’re a very serious contender. I’m sure we will have to play Buffalo at some point in the playoffs if we want to advance, so we want to set a precedent now.”

It might be hard to imagine, but Sawyer and the Rock staff still believe that this team can reach an even more unstoppable level of play. This Bandits game this weekend will be a defining fight for NLL superiority heading into this postseason and could set the tone for this rivalry for seasons to come.

Had this Rock team not endured that painful loss against the Bandits four months ago, who knows what we would’ve seen from this team in 2022. Unfortunately for the rest of the league, that loss has been a motivating factor for this Rock team’s success ever since. Now every team is in the way of this East Conference wrecking ball with unstoppable momentum.

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