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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
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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Colorado Hosts Vancouver in Critical Early Season Division Match-up

The Colorado Mammoth (2-1) return to the Loud House to take on the Vancouver Warriors (1-2) on Saturday, January 4 at 9:30pm ET for the NLL Game of the Week. It’s a long-awaited return to the friendly confines of Denver for the Mammoth, who haven’t played at home since Faceoff Weekend back in late November. For the Warriors, this will be their first road test after starting the season with three straight home games in Vancouver. The teams will see each other again in less than two weeks in Vancouver.

After dropping the regular season opener to Saskatchewan, Colorado waited two weeks before two huge road tests in back to back weeks, starting with defending NLL Champions Calgary Roughnecks on their banner raising night before heading to Georgia to take on the Swarm. The Mammoth were able to grind their way to two gritty victories in both road games to salvage a 2-1 record to start the season, all three games versus the last three NLL Champions.

Confidence is high among the Mammoth players, as they have allowed only 27 goals so far this season and have held deadly scorers in Mark Matthews, Curtis Dickson, and Lyle Thompson to a combined three goals. Leading on the defensive end has been goalie Dillon Ward, who through three games has 136 saves and a save percentage of .834, ranking third in the NLL in both stats. Going into this season, it was known Colorado was going to be a defensive force and it is no surprise they have kept to that mantra.

The biggest surprises for this Mammoth team so far this season have been Jacob Ruest’s scoring from the right side and the emergence of rookie contributors. Jacob Ruest ranks second in the NLL in goals scored this season with 10, only trailing Callum Crawford. Not only is Ruest putting the ball in the back of the net in bulk, he is doing it very efficiently with a .345 shot percentage, which among NLL players with six or more goals ranks second in efficiency. Ruest has been the beneficiary of a balanced Mammoth offensive approach and has taken advantage of the man-up opportunities, scoring five power play goals. Colorado is tied for the best power play in the NLL, converting on 60% of their man-up opportunities. The other key factor has been the emergence of four rookies for this Mammoth squad.

A couple of high selections in this past year’s NLL Entry draft and a couple of injuries have thrusted rookies into the Mammoth lineup early in the season. First round pick, Warren Jeffrey has played all three games and has been a physical force on the defensive end, the stats may not be there, but his presence has been felt. Second rounder Brett Craig got his first NLL action in Calgary, his hometown, and delivered a beautiful transition goal while also scooping 10 loose balls in his one game played. The other two rookies Will Malcom (second round) and Dylan Kinnear (third round) have been playing big time minutes on the left side of the offense with the early season injury to Jeff Wittig and the recent injury to Eli McLaughlin, who has missed the last two games.

For Vancouver, the season hasn’t started the way they would’ve wanted to. With a 1-2 record, including 0-2 against West Division opponents, they know they need to win these division matchups if they want any chance of making the postseason this year. Vancouver is coming off a painful overtime loss to San Diego this past weekend. The Warriors lone win came against the expansion New York Riptide on December 14. This will be the first road test after a home heavy early start to their season. Last season the Warriors were just 2-7 on the road including a 14-4 loss at Colorado on March 23. Good news for the Warriors is road teams are a head scratching 14-6 so far this season, the other four teams in the West have gone a combined 7-1 when away from their home barn.

An early season injury to key offseason acquisition Nik Bilic has hurt the Warriors. On the offensive end, Mitch Jones and Keegan Bal have carried the offense so far this season with 22 (second in the NLL) and 16 points respectively. The Warriors have bounced back and forth each game when it comes to who is starting in net. Eric Penney started games one and three and Aaron Bold started game two. Through their three combined starts, the numbers say they are very comparable on paper and it could be a tossup again as to who gets the start in goal on Saturday night, Bold claimed the one victory. This team has a lot of new, young faces compared to a year ago and may just need more time of the floor together to mesh as a unit.

Last season, the Mammoth took two out of the three matchups against the Warriors. Both wins coming in a back to back weekend in March that almost solidified the Mammoth’s hold on the last playoff spot in the West Division over Vancouver. The Mammoth saw Penney twice and Bold once in their three matchups a year ago. Bold was in net during the Mammoth’s 14-4 win on March 23 which saw Eli McLaughlin get a career high 12 points (4g, 8a) and Kyle Killen almost get a sock trick, ending with five goals on the night. In the Mammoth’s other win versus the Warriors last season, Tim Edwards was 16-20 in the faceoff circle and Ryan Lee led the offense with seven points (4g, 3a). In Vancouver’s win, Logan Schuss scored an overtime winner only 44 seconds into overtime to give the Warriors the win and scored a total of four goals to lead Vancouver a year ago.

In the end, not much separated these teams last season except for one dominant game by the Mammoth. Expect Vancouver to be aggressive early in hopes of not falling to 1-3 on the season and being winless against West Division opponents in a very competitive division. Colorado will stick to their strategy of physical defense and will look for offense by committee and by whoever the hot hand is going into the night. Both teams will want to win this early season divisional matchup, as they will rematch in Vancouver on January 17 and on the Mammoth’s regular season finale on April 17 that could be an impactful game for playoff pushes. A win for either team in this matchup could sway how the remainder of the season pans out, an early lead on the division or on the outside of the playoffs looking in.

This game, along with all NLL games through the 2019-20 season can be streamed via Bleacher Report Live. This game is the NLL Game of the Week! Tune into this game for free via B/R Live or on the NLL’s Facebook or Twitter pages starting at 9:00pm ET with a faceoff scheduled for 9:30pm ET.

 

 

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