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1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Eyes On The Prize: Mammoth Visit Knighthawks

With postseason clinch scenarios in reach, the Colorado Mammoth (8-6) visit the Rochester Knighthawks (9-4) at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch the game on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada.

The postseason is but a stone’s throw away for the Colorado Mammoth. Having clinched a playoff berth last weekend, the team hopes to secure at least one home playoff game, a task that hasn’t been fulfilled since 2012.

That can become a reality this weekend. In fact, with four games remaining in their regular season Colorado can clinch a home game in Denver with one win in those four games. They can also host by means of one Vancouver loss in any of their remaining five games.

“It’s going to be a huge test coming down the stretch,” Mammoth coach Chris Gill said earlier this week. “Four games left, it’s nothing but preparing for playoffs now, and we’re working for a home playoff game.”

It was a tale of two games for the Mammoth over the weekend, where they split the home-and-home series with Calgary. The teams won in their respective home buildings, with Colorado edging out a 9-8 win in overtime in Denver and Calgary rebounding 14-9 the following night at the Saddledome.

“We were excited about the clinch for a playoff spot, but there’s a bigger picture involved here,” Gill added. “That first game was exciting to watch…and the second game, we came in there, it was tight the first half, [Calgary] just poured it on in the second half. That’s something we’re going to have to learn from and realize you can’t take a shift or two off in this league.”

With a three-game winning streak snapped by the hands of their arch rivals, the Mammoth head into Rochester without two big defensive names on the roster. Dillon Ward remains on the First Level Injured Reserve List after being placed on the list on March 30. John Gallant meanwhile last suited up for the Mammoth in Week 11 versus the Stealth, and was placed on Level 2 IR prior to the team’s matchups with the Roughnecks.

While the iconic jersey number 11 has been absent on game night, he hasn’t been far from the team according to fellow defenseman Dan Ball. In the meantime, the rest of the Mammoth ‘D’ have helped fill the void of the longest-tenured Mammoth player in franchise history.

“John is a great player and has done a lot of great things for the Colorado Mammoth organization,” Ball said. “He’s been helping out behind the scenes, but with Pat Coyle at the helm…it’s a pretty good environment for us all, and we’ve all been able to step up. It helps with having two solid goaltenders that have helped out as well.”

And while Ward recovers, Alex Buque has made an impressive splash between the pipes, averaging an 8.77 GAA and posting an .819 save percentage in three starts for the Mammoth.

This game will also mark the fifth time John Grant, Jr. has squared off against his former team since being traded to Colorado in 2010. He remains the Knighthawks all-time leader in goals and points, and has racked up 29 points (9+20) in four games against Rochester. Grant, Jr. is four goals away from passing Gary Gait (635) on the NLL all-time goal scoring list.

The Knighthawks are coming off a great weekend where they defeated their division rival Toronto Rock 11-7 on the road on Friday night before returning home on Saturday to dominate the Minnesota Swarm, 10-2.

“What a difference a week makes,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “It was two great efforts.”

Newly-acquired forward Joe Resetarits has already left a mark on his new team, scoring twice against the Rock and netting a hat trick against the Swarm.

“Going in and playing with that offense, with that whole team, you couldn’t ask for a better situation,” Resetarits said. “Everyone welcomed me in very well. That’s a fun team to play on, especially with them being the three-time defending champs and getting a chance to get a fourth. It’s a very special feeling and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be in the situation I am right now.”

The Knighthawks used a balance of offensive and defensive effort this past weekend to rebound from a crushing home loss to the Edmonton Rush the prior Saturday. That kind of balance could really help the playoff push.

“Looking at it on paper as a coach, I’m very happy with where we are,” Hasen said. “But looking at it on paper and doing it on the floor are two totally different things. We’ve just got to make sure what’s on the paper, we translate on to the floor. This past weekend was a good one, but with Colorado coming to town and the power they have up front and their ‘D’ and their transition, I think we still need to be better than we were last week. That’s our goal and that’s the way we look at it week in, week out.”

The Knighthawks are one game back of the Rock for the first seed in the East Division playoffs after this past weekend’s efforts. During last season’s playoffs, the Knighthawks forced two decisive mini-games to win the East and then the Champion’s Cup on their home turf. That highlights the importance of getting to play as much at the BCA as the Knighthawks can with a trip to a fourth straight Cup on the line.

“It worked in our favor last year, having that last opportunity against Buffalo and Calgary,” Hasen said. “That’s the goal of every team, trying to end up first in your division…that’s down the road. We’re worrying about us and what we have to do. If we come to work and we work hard, we’ll get some success off that. What happens, happens. At the end of the day, we’ll look at where we are, and where we are is where we are. We just continue the battle until the very last whistle.”

By Nick Salen (@MammothBeat) & Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Jack Dempsey.

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