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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
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
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
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
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
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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Big Bad Wolf: Black Wolves Outlast Swarm, 16-15

The New England Black Wolves (5-2) continued to dominate in the East, taking down the Georgia Swarm (4-5) by a score of 16-15 on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena. The game was close most of the way, with each team trading leads throughout. Though the Swarm fought hard throughout the fourth quarter, Kevin Crowley scored the game-winning goal with 4 seconds left in the game. With the win, the Black Wolves have a one-game lead in the East Division. 

“It’s so close, and a lot of it comes down to one shot,” said Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark. “I think what the key has been for us is we haven’t lost contact to the game. Teams will go up, but we keep it close, and we don’t put ourselves in too big of a hole that we can’t get out of. I would’ve liked to have it buried a little bit earlier, but the positive of it is we stayed composed, we kept competing, and we gave ourselves the chance to win right at the end.”

“We kind of anticipated it being a high-scoring game, and coming down the way it did,” said Georgia Swarm assistant coach Blane Harrison. “It was a game of runs, they went up and we went up. Offensively, it was a good night for us. Obviously, they are a good offensive team, they’ve got some good sticks as well. It was one of those things were we were hoping we’d have the last save and we didn’t have it.”

With the first goal coming less than a minute into the game, the pace was set early as a fast-paced, back-and-forth battle for dominance began. Both sides forced multiple shot-clock violations through physical defense, while quick shots on offense kept the goalkeepers on their toes. However, penalties and injuries played a big role, as the Black Wolves were forced to make up for the loss of defender Brian Megill who left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. The pack struggled to make up for the loss of such a big body and the Swarm took full advantage.

“They had come off a bye week and hadn’t been game tested in a couple of weeks,” Harrison stated. “We thought we’d get up on them early and test them right out of the gate.”

“It’s definitely his knee, but we don’t know,” Clark said about Megill’s injury. “He’s having an MRI tomorrow; they gave us a couple of scenarios, but until I know, it’s irresponsible to say one way or the other.”

The Swarm defense held strong and the offense continued to keep the game as tight as possible, tying the game at 15-15 with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The final faceoff of the game proved to the deciding factor, as Black Wolves transition player Ryan Hotaling pushed it out to Jordan Hall, who was able to set up for the offense. With forward Shawn Evans cut off, the offense shifted, opening up for forwards Jordan Hall and Kevin Crowley. With four seconds left in the final frame, Hall and Crowley exchanged quick, short passes, with Crowley putting the game-winner in the back of the net.

“We reacted to what they did,” Clark stated. “It was a 6-on-5 and we pulled our goalie, and they locked off ‘Evvy’ [Shawn Evans], so we just said lock it and we’ve got a 5-on-4. ‘Evvy’ stretched to center, their guy went with him, and then we set up in a 5-on-4 power-play look. It wasn’t at all what we drew up, we just adjusted and ran a 5-on-4.”

“’Evvy gets locked off there and it created an opening for ‘Hallsy’ [Jordan Hall] and I,” Crowley said. “I guess I was on the good side of the exchange there; I was on the right side at the right time.”

“It was a little bit of a scramble, they went and shut off [Evans] which we thought might happen,” said Black Wolves forward Jordan Hall. “If that happens, we kind of take a man-up situation and kind of wing it. I gave it to Kevin [Crowley], I thought he was going to shoot, he gave it back to me. I wasn’t really ready, so I gave it back to him, but he did a great job tucking it and putting it in. Little bit of a scramble that ended up working out.”

For the Swarm, the defense stuffed the front of the goal, forcing the Black Wolves to shoot longer shots. Goalkeeper Brodie MacDonald had a good outing, making 34 saves on 50 shots faced. Offensively, the forwards kept the pack moving and with tons of quick resets, they outshot the Black Wolves the whole game. Jessie King led the way with four goals and six assists, while Lyle Thompson collected two goals and three assists and Randy Staats added three goals and one assist. 

The Black Wolves lost a big body on defense, but used tough one-on-one matchups and another strong outing from goalkeeper Evan Kirk to silence a fiery Swarm offense. Kirk finished the game with 49 saves on 64 shots faced. For the offense, Shawn Evans led the way with three goals and seven assists, while Jordan Hall added three goals and six assists and Kevin Crowley collected three goals and three assists. 

“You’ve got to find ways to win all kinds of different games, and so far we’ve been able to do that,” Clark stated. “We’ve been able to win the low-scoring ones, but we’ve also been able to win some of the higher-scoring games as well.”

“Winning is fun, and I think it is a good test,” Hall stated. “We are a young team that has kind of been put together, a couple of pieces have been slowly coming together. They’re a good team and for us to win the way we have the last two games is big. That’s the stuff you look down in the playoffs. Those are the types of wins you need. We’re really happy we can keep wining those.”

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Shawn Evans
2) Jesse King
3) Jordan Hall

The Black Wolves return to action on Saturday, March 5 as they hit the road to face the Colorado Mammoth (7-2) at 9 p.m. ET. The Georgia Swarm (4-5) have a bye week and return to action on Sunday, March 12 to take on the Saskatchewan Rush on the road at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Story by Alyssa McLaughlin for NLL.com. Photo by Khoi Ton.

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