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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Q2
03:24
Vancouver
3
Toronto
12
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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Final Month Of The Season Means Crunch Time For Black Wolves

By Ray Lilley | NLL.com Correspondent
Photo Kohi Ton

In an already difficult season for New England, the month of April is looking to be the toughest. With their backs against the wall while battling for a playoff spot, the Black Wolves will start the final month of the season with games against the top three teams in the National Lacrosse League, beginning with the team they are chasing on Sunday afternoon.

The New England Black Wolves (6-7) will start this difficult stretch of games at home against the second place, Toronto Rock (8-6) this week followed by matchups the next two weeks with first place teams, Georgia at home and then making the long trip to Saskatchewan.

The task for New England is to not only jump over this week’s opponent, Toronto, but also to hold off the Buffalo Bandits who are only a half game behind them in the standings with a game in hand. New England also has a game in hand on Toronto which makes Sunday’s game that much more important. With a game in hand, that means New England can pick up the game and a half difference by beating Toronto head-to-head this week, winning that extra game and keeping pace with what the Rock does the rest of the way. It sounds so simple but it really all depends on whether or not the Black Wolves can sweep the season series with the Rock on Sunday.

A victory against the Rock will give the Black Wolves the tie breaker against both, Toronto and Buffalo, essentially putting them in the driver’s seat throughout the season’s final stretch. Toronto will play Buffalo in two of their remaining three games so a split between those two could open the door for New England to walk right into the playoffs.

Sunday’s game will see a rested up New England team welcoming Toronto, who just played Friday night in Vancouver. The Rock dropped the contest after being outscored 11-5 in the second half. Vancouver scored seven of the game’s last eight goals to split the home-and-home after Toronto won last weekend at the Air Canada Centre. With some fireworks at the final buzzer in Vancouver, the Black Wolves can expect a feisty Rock team to come out looking to make up for their sluggish second half.

New England, themselves, are coming off a tough second half last weekend in Calgary when they, too, gave up 11 goals in an 18-13 road loss. Unlike Toronto, New England scored four of the last five goals of the game and hope to keep their high powered offense rolling Sunday afternoon against the league’s top statistical goaltender, Nick Rose.

Rose leads the NLL with a 9.93 goals against average and is second with a .790 save percentage. The Rock netminder also leads the NLL in minutes played by 113 minutes over Black Wolves’ backstop, Evan Kirk. Even with an offense that has been strong and steady following their 0-3 start, Head Coach Glenn Clark knows solving Nick Rose will be a tremendous task for his Black Wolves.

“I think one (concern) is that Nick Rose is having an outstanding year. He’s been really strong in net and their defense is playing well around him. They play with speed, they push the pace all over the floor, and they try to burn you in transition. They have some quickness offensively and then try to get you on your heels a little bit with their speed upfront. I would say the pace of play, the speed they play at, as well as Nick Rose, are probably the biggest challenges that they present.”

After a 10-9 overtime win in their first meeting with Toronto, Clark’s group knows they will need to make the most of their chances on Rose while also tightening up on defense in front of Kirk. A key to that will be getting Bill O’Brien back in the lineup after his second suspension of the season. O’Brien’s tough, physical style should help to frustrate and get Toronto’s top players, Brett Hickey (33 goals, 24 assists) and Tom Schreiber (24 goals, 49 assists), off their game. O’Brien is also someone that New England can look to for a needed spark or boost throughout the game, something that was missing in their performance in Calgary last week.

“I thought it was a pretty flat performance across the board,” Clark said of his team. “I don’t think we were very sharp. A lot of dropped balls offensively, and defensively we had too many missed assignments.”

With only five games remaining, the Black Wolves know they cannot let any more games slip away if they want to play in the playoffs and they need to put in their best performance every time they hit the floor from here on out.

“We get a chance to bounce back with a big divisional game against a team that we are chasing,” Clark said. “Everybody is in the right frame of mind. We sort of recalibrated ourselves and everybody is ready to go after it on Sunday.”

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