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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
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6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
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Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
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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
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East Division Collision: Knighthawks & Rock Clash

The Rochester Knighthawks (7-4) travel north to face its East Division rival Toronto Rock (11-3) on Friday at 7p.m. ET. Watch the game on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada. This is the third and final regular season meeting between the divisional foes as Toronto attempts to clinch a home playoff game with a win.

The Rock have visited the Knighthawks twice, coming away with a 13-12 win in Week 12 before the Knighthawks got revenge two weeks later with an 8-6 win on the same floor.

The Rock acquired a big stick in Kevin Crowley from New England on Tuesday in exchange for long-time Rock forward and league-dominator Garrett Billings. The move was made as result of what the Rock are calling a “contract impasse” between Billings and Toronto owner and general manager Jamie Dawick.

Less than 24 hours previous to the move, Toronto matched a Knighthawks offer sheet for the playing rights of Billings.

“Because of the contract impasse with Garrett Billings and our owner Jamie Dawick, Jamie felt like he needed to make a move,” said Lovell.

Billings served five years in Toronto, amounting a staggering 473 points over that time. During his tenure, the perennial All-Pro has had over 100 points in three-straight years and played a major roll in Toronto’s 2011 Champion’s Cup victory over the Stealth.

In Crowley, the Rock get a 26-year-old thick chested right-handed shot standing in at 6-foot-4. The “Big Cat” has found the back of the net 30 times or more in each of his three complete seasons in the league. With 10 games under his belt this season, Crowley has tallied 52 points (19+33) thus far.

“I’ve seen Kevin grow up in the league, he’s a great teammate and I think he’s one of the elite offensive players in the game, he’s a very versatile player,” said Rock transition player Brodie Merrill, who played alongside Crowley from 2012 to 2014. “I think he’ll fit well with out group.”

The move also mitigates the huge loss of Rob Hellyer due to injury. The Rock’s top offensive player suffered an upper-body injury in a Week 12 loss to the Edmonton Rush. Hellyer has since been placed on injury reserve without a firm timetable on a return.

“We needed some insurance and some depth on the right side,” said Lovell.

The timing of that added insurance could not have been better. Thanks to a league-best 11-3 record, Toronto has the earned the opportunity of controlling their own playoff fate, and that mission starts this Friday. A victory over the Knighthawks will not only cement a guaranteed home playoff game, it will give the Rock the tiebreaker should the two teams finish the season with the same record. Toronto can clinch the East Division with a win and a Rochester loss against Minnesota on Saturday.

“I think it’s important, especially if you end up playing the one game playoff. It’s always important to have home floor advantage,” said Lovell. “But our goal is to get first place and avoid that game. Rochester is coming off of a difficult loss last weekend, so it’s going to be a tough game. It’s a tiebreaker game, so it’s going to be a good battle,” he said.

The Knighthawks are looking forward to getting back on the floor to wipe away memories of last Saturday’s abysmal 16-3 home loss at the hands of the Edmonton Rush.

“We’re going to have a good practice, worry about us tonight [Wednesday],” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “Just get focused on Toronto.”

“Bottom line is we were pretty terrible last week,” said Knighthawks defenseman Paul Dawson. “The beautiful thing about this league is you always have a chance for redemption the next week. We have Friday night, two big games this weekend, and it starts Friday with Toronto, a team we’re chasing for first place… We both want to finish first. Last week is in the past. You laugh it off. Everything went wrong for us. We have a chance at redemption on Friday night, so we’re looking forward to a great battle. It’s always a tough game against Toronto and it’s going to be a great game.”

If Dawson is any indicator, the Knighthawks would have relished the opportunity to jump back on the floor Sunday to deal with the Rush loss, especially after only playing twice in March.

“For me personally, and I think that goes for the dressing room too, we want to get right back out there,” Dawson said. “If we could have played Sunday, I think we would have and it would have been awesome. March was kind of a slow month for us, only having two games. Not saying that’s an excuse, but it’s great that we get to play right away on Friday. I think our team is just looking forward to it… We knew we were at our worst. That’s not the Rochester Knighthawks. We had some time away from the game in March, and to tell you the truth, I’m sick of having time away from the game. I want to get back at it and I want to get in the thick of things here. I can’t wait for Friday.”

The Knighthawks know they have a tough task against the Rock’s transition game coming up on Friday night.

“They’ve got their systems in place,” Hasen said. “We really want to stick to a 25-second shot clock. That means defensively getting off the floor hard to give our guys as much time to work the clock. Just be really smart getting on and off the floor for each other so they don’t have that opportunity to run. They’re good at it, they’re really good at it.”

A new face could be on the floor Friday night after the Knighthawks acquired forward Joe Resetarits from the Buffalo Bandits at the trade deadline. While it remains to be seen if this Thruway Rival swap will be as good a deal as the last one (Alex ‘Kedoh’ Hill for Scott Self), the Knighthawks are happy with the move.

“Joe’s a really hard worker,” Hasen said. “He’s really tough to check… He gets guys open and gets himself some good opportunities. We’re excited to have him in our lineup and looking forward to having him put the ball in the net for us.”

The Knighthawks sent defenseman Jamie Batson along with second round picks in 2016 and 2017 for Resetarits and the Bandits’ third round pick in 2016. The trade came up on Wednesday’s conference call with Rock head coach Jon Lovell wanting to get in on the questioning.

“I’ve got a question for Mike,” said Lovell.

“Go ahead,” Hasen said. “But I’m not sure I’m going to answer it.”

“What are you doing trading my boy Bats to Buffalo?” Lovell asked.

“(Bandits GM Steve Dietrich) Chugger wanted him more!” Hasen replied.

Just shows that even divisional rivals can have some fun off the floor. It remains to be seen whether Friday evening will be as fun as the mid-week conference call.

Story by Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) & Justin Millerson (@RockBeatToronto) for NLL.com. Photo by Ward Laforme.

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