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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
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Cowtown Showdown: Vancouver At Calgary

The Calgary Roughnecks host the Vancouver Stealth at Scotiabank Saddledome for a Canadian rivalry matchup live on TSN1 & TSN GO in Canada and WatchESPN in the U.S. on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.

While the Stealth seek a total bounceback year, the defending West Division champion Roughnecks are looking to start their season off on the right foot after coming up just shy of NLL glory last season.

“The one word I would say about last season was ‘devastating,’” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky. “To be 2:14 away from winning a championship is a tough pill to swallow.”

After all, the Roughnecks lost 3-2 to the Rochester Knighthawks in the third and decisive game of the Champion’s Cup last season. But Malawsky does feel it’ll prove to be a learning experience for his team.

“Obviously, there is a sour taste in our mouth,” he said. “Despite the same group of guys we’ve got back, it’s a brand new season and they’ve got to create their own identity “

“What we’re really taking from last year is the experience of getting there. We honestly believe we know what we need to do to get to the top of the mountain and we’re going to slowly start climbing that come Saturday night.”

Roughnecks captain Andrew McBride, now in his 13th season with the ‘Necks, has experienced all the difficulties the National Lacrosse League has to offer and couldn’t agree more with his coach.

“We’ve really got to take that as a learning experience,” he said. “Take some of those lessons about playing in close games, playing in pressure situations and try to transfer them over to this year.”

The Roughnecks won all four contests against the Stealth last season, but Malawsky knows Vancouver made some big moves during the off-season.

“They made a lot of positive changes,” he said. “There a lot better team defensively, I think they got some young legs, they may not be as experienced, but I think as a whole, a lot of things coming out of there are very positive.”

The Stealth signed all six of their 2014 draft picks after going 4-14 last year and missing the playoffs, while the ‘Necks ended their 2014 season with a 12-6 record.

“This is a hungry team (Vancouver) coming in here with a whole different dynamic,” remarked Malawsky. “Historically over the years, in Calgary, they like to play there. They like to play in front of a big crowd and they’ve upset us a few times at home, especially in the Western Final a couple years back. So we’re very motivated and we can’t look by anybody.”

While the Stealth may have made major changes to their line-up, Calgary has virtually left most of their roster untouched, and McBride says now it’s up to the players to prove themselves.

“It showed a lot of confidence in our coaching staff, in our general manager and organization that we kept most of the same group together,” he said. “But it’s going to be an exciting challenge for us, and I think the guys understand the little nuances it takes to be successful. Hopefully we can take those lessons we learned last year and put them into place at the start of this season.”

An announced total of 11,187 Roughnecks fans showed up to the Saddledome for a preseason game against the Rush a couple weeks ago, and McBride says he looks forward to seeing even more on Saturday night.

“Starting at home in front of our crowd, which turned into one of the best home floor advantages in the NLL, is absolutely huge for us,” he said. “We take a lot of pride trying to defend the home turf and it’ll be a good opportunity to start that on Saturday night.”

Last year, the Stealth suffered through a 4­-14 season and on the outside looking in when the National Lacrosse League playoffs began while Calgary went to the Champion’s Cup Finals.

But that was last year, as the Stealth can point out, as the runner­ups in the 2013 Champion’s Cup themselves.

The Roughnecks were up by a pair of goals with 2:14 to play in the Champion’s Cup final, only to see Rochester score three unanswered goals.

“The one word I would use to describe last year would be devastating,” said Calgary coach Curt Malawsky. “To be 2:14 away from winning a title is a tough pill to swallow.

“Obviously there is a sour taste in our mouths.”

The Stealth went 0­-4 against Calgary and were 1-­8 on the road.

“Last year was a tough year, we just feel some of the guys had off years,” admitted Dan Perreault, who begins his first season as the Stealth head coach. He previously was the team’s offensive coach.

“Some of the returning guys are hungry, you can see it in their eyes,” he said. “They came into camp in great shape and have been working hard.”

The Stealth return 11 players from last year’s squad, but made some key offseason additions, most notably adding Johnny Powless and Joel McCready in a draft­day trade.

The acquisitions should give the Stealth more depth on offense — they were the second lowest scoring team in the league — to boost what was an anemic attack.

On defense, the team will be without captain Kyle Sorensen, who had off-season knee surgery. To fill the void, they added Rory Smith and Tyler Burton.

Another defender, Curtis Hodgson — who has played the most games for the Stealth in their history — will wear the ‘C’.

Hodgson said the key is to incorporate the new bodies.

“We have to play as a group to be successful,” he said, adding that the team has a tough test in their opener. “Calgary, in my opinion, probably has the best offensive group in the league. They work really well together and have good chemistry and have been playing together a long time.”

Perreault added that while the Stealth may have several new faces, they players they have brought in are not short on experience.

“A lot of the new guys, they do have experience,” he said. “Our challenge is to make sure are all on the same page.”

“We just have to take it one step at a time and not get too far ahead of ourselves.”

Malawsky figures the Stealth should return to form this season after a down year. The club won the Champion’s Cup in 2010 and was runner­up in both 2011 and 2013. “They made a lot of positive changes; they are a lot better defensively and they have some young legs,” he said.

“They might not be as experienced, but I think as a whole…there are a lot of positive things coming out with the additions and the changes that they made.”

Story by Kassidy Collins (@RoughnecksBeat) & Gary Ahuja (@VanStealthBeat) for NLL.com.

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