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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
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
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
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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
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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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
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Black Wolves Find Strength In The Pack

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

The New England Black Wolves start every home game at Mohegan Sun Arena with this quote. For those who do not know, this is part of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Law of the Jungle” from The Jungle Book. In the Black Wolves’ case, the pack is a mixture of the old and the new, seasoned veterans teaching the young rookies how to work hard and contribute to the team as a whole. Moving from their old home in Philadelphia to New England gave the team a chance to reinvent themselves and transform into a stronger unit.

“So far, the guys have really melded together,” said assistant general manager Rich Lisk. “There was a chance for them, not only when we moved from Philadelphia to New England; we brought some of that tradition and history with us, but it was a chance for the guys on this team to really stamp this team as their own. The growing process from the start of training camp to where we are today has shown that.”

The most notable of the Black Wolves veterans are transition Joel White, forward Kevin Crowley, and goaltender Evan Kirk. Crowley has been a strong force offensively throughout his career, and continues that same success this year. White is a silent, yet strong leader that has confidence in the team’s ability to come together when it matters most. Kirk began the season leading the league in save percentage and goals allowed average, but has been challenged a lot since the Week 3 bye. These three form the core at the heart of the Black Wolves roster, and when they are unstoppable, the rest of the roster follows suit.

“To be honest, we just try to do everything together,” said forward Jamie Lincoln. “We have a system that we want to do.”

Many of the younger players on the Black Wolves roster are making their way through their first year in the National Lacrosse League. To some, that means inexperience and a greater risk of rookie mistakes. However, they have a few players who, while it is their first official year at the professional level, have a few years of experience playing lacrosse. The best example of this is defenseman Bill O’Brien. A former football star from Sacred Heart University, O’Brien is already making an impact both on and off the field

“I would say that Bill has been a surprise,” stated Lisk. “He came to our free agent camp and really impressed us. We put him into our system for training camp and he did really well. He’s adding a different element to our team, which I don’t think we’ve really had in the past couple of years. The thing I like about Bill, that has been tremendous so far, is working with the Thompsons. He’s very humble, he wants to learn the game, and he knows he still has a lot to learn in the game, but he has melded himself into this team as a rookie. As a guy who hasn’t played a lot of lacrosse in life compared with some other people. He has really molded himself into this team and into the fabric, and really brings that persona that we’ve been playing off of.”

Other impressive youthful Black Wolves include rookie forward Quinn Powless and forward Kevin Buchanan. According to head coach Blane Harrison, Powless is likely to miss the rest of the season with a lower body injury. While his rookie season was cut short, Powless’ impact was clear as he averaged two assists a game and collected 3 points in his first two games as a member of the pack.

Kevin Buchanan is a bit of a different story. With a lot of NLL experience under his belt, Buchanan took a couple of years off and has come back better than ever.

“Kevin Buchanan is someone we had with us a couple of years ago, and through very publicized reasons, he decided to take last year off,” said Harrison. “I reached out to Kevin to see if he wanted to come back and he did, and we’re glad that he did. As much as he wants to put into this game down the road, he can just get better and better. Certainly, as a team there is no definitive number leftie.”

Defensively, the Black Wolves have a lot of height on their side with all of their defensemen ranging from 6’1” to 6’3”. With strong personalities all around, Mike McNamara and Bill O’Brien have both received one-game suspensions, and both have appealed (though McNamara’s appeal is still ongoing) with O’Brien’s suspension being overturned. Offensively, the pack is firing from all sides, with 15 players from the roster credited with at least one assist, and 10 players credited with at least one goal.

“I said this a couple of weeks ago,” stated Harrison. “I’m okay with three guys scoring two. I don’t need to have one guy scoring six, but if one guy does, the more the better.”

Though they started off the season hot with a 2-0 record, the Black Wolves have cooled off quickly. Going into their second bye week of the season, the pack is 2-2 on the season and return home to defend their turf on February 15th. With a couple of key injuries and tough losses, the team has a lot to improve upon as they get ready for their next game. The overall team chemistry, however, is definitely not one of them.

“We’re the Black Wolves,” Lisk said. “And no one is stronger than the team, than the pack.”

By Alyssa McLaughlin (@BlackWolvesBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Khoi Ton.

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