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The 2022-23 Schedule is Live! Schedule

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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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B.C. Buzz: Stealth Host Swarm At The Lec

The Vancouver Stealth (3-4) and Minnesota Swarm (3-4) will both look to get back to .500 when the teams meet at Langley Events Centre on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Watch on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada.

The Stealth have the lowest face-off winning percentage and have gathered the least amount of loose balls in the National Lacrosse League. On the flip side, they have the highest shooting percentage. But most importantly, Vancouver sports a 3-4 record and sits in third place in the NLL’s West Division.

The Swarm — who tied the Stealth at 4-14 for the worst record in the NLL in 2014 — are also 3-4 heading into NLL Week 9 action.

“At the end of the day, it’s did you win or did you lose?” said Stealth head coach Dan Perreault when looking over the statistics.

And up until last week, the Stealth had been winning. Vancouver’s modest two-game win streak was snapped by the Calgary Roughnecks, who prevailed 16-13 for its first win of the season.

“Not the result we wanted, but that was a hungry team,” Perreault said about a Roughnecks squad which picked up its first victory in seven tries.

Vancouver trailed by just a goal heading into the fourth quarter before Calgary created some breathing room in the final period.

“A couple of things got away from us, so we are going to go back to our fundamentals, to improve on and focus on Minnesota,” Perreault said. “It is a work in progress, but some good things are happening and that is all you can ask for at this point.”

Entering play this week, Vancouver had the lowest face-off winning percentage (.382) and had gathered the least loose balls (347) among the league’s nine teams. But when the team does have the ball, they have made their shots count, with a shooting percentage of .217. The league average is .179.

“Sometimes it is just the ball is dropping for you,” Perreault offered about that above-average percentage. “And not wasting your shots.”

As for their lack of possession opportunities, that remains a work in progress. Mitch McMichael has taken the majority of the draws and admitted it has been a work in progress for him, especially after missing the entire 2014 NLL season. He has gone 60-for-147 in the face-off circle in six games this season.

“I am finally starting to hear the whistle a bit better and get off the front of it and try and give our face-off group more of a chance to get the ball and get possessions for our offense,” he said. “Lacrosse in general is a nearly-impossible sport — off the floor — to train for. It is just one of those things where you have to be out on the floor playing.”

Both McMichael and Perreault stressed that face-off success comes from the team working together as a five-man unit. McMichael is just glad to be back in uniform. McMichael said it was tough not to be able to help the squad last year, especially as they struggled in missing the playoffs. And he likes how this year’s team is coming together.

“We are slowly starting to gel together and figure some things out. It has just been great to get back on the floor,” he said.

With the season nearing the midway point, Perreault likes how the team is shaping up for the stretch drive. “The chemistry and the compete level is obviously very important to any team,” he said. “The guys are buying in on the team concept and the chemistry is very good.”

Meanwhile, the Swarm will try to unleash its potential this weekend. After losing a home-and-home series against Toronto two weeks ago, and with a bye week behind them, the Swarm will be ready to hit the field.

“We’re coming off a back-to-back with a bye weekend,” said Swarm assistant coach Aime Caines. “So that gives us some time to heal and prepare.”

For a favorable outcome this weekend, Minnesota will need to arrive in Vancouver ready to perform as a team for the whole game on both ends of the field. This is something they struggled with in its last contest. In the weekend series against Toronto, they gave up a combined total of 30 goals in two games, while scoring just 13 of their own.

“In this league, with the compete level so high, we have to just be aggressive every shift,” Caines said. “I think it’s just playing into the system and trusting our teammates to be successful out the back door.”

It’s no secret the Swarm is crawling with loads of talent. Reigning NLL Transition Player of the year Jordan MacIntosh and the 2014 Rookie of the Year Logan Schuss bring their expertise to the field time after time. Rookie Miles Thompson has made waves this year, both as a fan favorite and as a top offensive performer, with 25 points (12+13) on the season. Shayne Jackson, with 30 points (7+13) and Callum Crawford, with 33 points (12+21) round out the leading scorers for Minnesota this year.

As oe of the Swarm’s many former first-round picks, Kiel Matisz has made the move from forward to transition this year and is adjusting well, with 15 points (3+12) and 41 loose balls so far this season.

“I’m enjoying the role and taking it game by game and learning from the assistant coach, Bobby Keast, a little more of the defensive aspects of the game,” Matisz said. “I’m just happy to contribute to the team in any way I can.”

The Swarm have actually been more successful on the road than at home this season, with two of its three wins being from the visitors bench. They will look for more of that success as they hit the road on Saturday.

“We really can’t take a shift off,” Caines said. “We have to trust our teammates and the system and once our guys start to do that, then we’ll get back to those games where we have success.”

This weekend will be the time for the Minnesota team to confirm its talent and play like they are ready to use it.

By Gary Ahuja (@VanStealthBeat) & Maria Jollie (@SwarmBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Dan Brodie.

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