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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
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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Dig Deep: Roughnecks Host Bandits At The ‘Dome

The Calgary Roughnecks will shoot for the team’s first win of the season when they host the Buffalo Bandits (3-3), who are looking to get back above .500, at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night. Watch the game live on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and TSN.ca in Canada starting at 9 p.m. ET.

The Roughnecks are coming off one of its best performances of the season, but still fell short of victory, losing to the Toronto Rock by a score of 12-11 on the road last weekend. Despite the loss, Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky says he likes what he saw in the game.

“The positives are outweighing the negatives,” Malawsky said. “I thought we competed really hard, I thought our second half defensively was the best half we’ve had all year long.”

One other positive for the ‘Necks is the play of forward Shawn Evans this season. Evans was named IL Indoor’s first star in the NLL this week after his four-goal and six-assist performance against Toronto. He now sits second in the league in goals (13), third in assists (19) and second overall in points (32).

However, there are still plenty of areas in Calgary’s game that need to be cleaned up before going into this weekend.

“I think we’re still making a few mistakes,” Malawsky added. “One-handed loose balls, not getting off the floor, missed assignments in the defensive zone and it ends up in the back of our net, that’s kind of hurting us.”

Calgary native and Roughnecks transition player Geoff Snider (2+6) is in his fifth season with the team and knows all about the difficulties in the National Lacrosse League.

“It’s about following the game plan that’s put in front of us by the coaching staff,” Snider said. “We’re always very prepared, you have to couple that with a strong effort and focus. Last weekend was a step in the right direction.”

This is the worst start to a season for Calgary since joining the NLL in 2001, and Malawsky knows it’s not going to be easy getting that first win against Buffalo.

“They have a world-class goaltender in Cos (Anthony Cosmo),” he said. “They got a big physical, strong defense and you got to earn everything you get.”

“They protect the middle of the floor very well,” Malawsky continued. “If you settle in for the outside shot, their transition game is one of the best in the league, it had six goals in the game against Minnesota and another four more against Rochester. They get up the floor really, really well and they’ve got a lot of guys that can put the ball in the net when they’re up there. “

The two teams haven’t seen each other since April of last season, a 16-13 Calgary road win. The Bandits and Roughnecks have only played each other eight times in history, splitting the overall all-time series at four games apiece.

“They’re very well coached,” Malawsky said. “For the most part, they’ve been very discipline and they got a lot of weapons up front so we’re going to have our hands full.”

The 0-4 start may be leaving many people scratching their heads, including the Roughnecks, but the team says no one is getting nervous quite yet.

“We’re not in ‘panic mode’ right now, but we’re definitely a desperate team,” Malawsky said.

“We’ve got all the tools and the character in our locker room to pull it together,” added the 5’10, 220-pound Snider. “It’s one of those things where we’re going to continue to figure out who we are and continue to push in the right direction.”

“In terms of guys panicking, we’re just coming together as a group. We’re tight, we’re going to have a great practice on Friday night and be ready to go Saturday… we’re excited to get on the floor this weekend and make a push for our first win.”

The Bandits are coming off their second back-to-back weekend of the season that saw a home win over the Minnesota Swarm and a road loss to the Rochester Knighthawks. Buffalo held on to a big lead and fought off a heavy comeback from Minnesota last Friday before mounting an unsuccessful comeback of their own against Rochester on Saturday.

The NLL schedule isn’t always easy and it’s especially tough to come back from a big deficit like the 10-4 hole Buffalo fell into on Saturday.

“It’s a grind to play back-to-back games, by no means is that an excuse,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “Our guys had given everything they possibly had.”

Buffalo has been able to put stretches of great play together, but have struggled to play a full 60 minutes of solid lacrosse.

“We got out to a slow start [against Rochester,] we weren’t focused right from the get-go,” Cordingley admitted. “We’ve got to learn. In this league, if you take your foot off the pedal at any time, you’ll be in trouble.”

The key going forward is consistency. Cordingley screamed about being more consistent at last Friday morning’s shootaround.

“If you don’t play a full 60 minutes, you run the risk of either blowing a lead or getting yourselves too far behind to catch up,” added Bandits assistant coach Dan Teat. “We know we can play a half like we did against Minnesota and down 10-4 against Rochester, we were able to take an 11-10 lead, those are positives.”

Bandits forward Mark Steenhuis was happy with the team’s resilience last weekend.

“We had every reason to stop playing,” said Steenhuis. “The game could have gotten out of hand. We said we weren’t going to let that happen.”

Buffalo forward Ryan Benesch is second in the league in scoring with 32 points. He’s also leading the NLL in goals with 19. Dhane Smith is also in the top 10 with 29 points (10+19).

“I like what we have. We’re coming together, we’re working hard,” said Steenhuis confidently. “I expect great things from our offense the rest of the year.”

The Bandits currently sit 1.5 games back of the Toronto Rock for first in the East Division. Both teams will be desperate and hungry for a win this Saturday.

By Kassidy Collins (@RoughnecksBeat) & Steve Bermel (@BanditsBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Bill Wippert)

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