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WK
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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GEORGIA SWARM HOSTS SASKATCHEWAN IN GAME 1 OF NLL CHAMPION’S CUP

Sunday’s game will also feature a halftime performance from GRAMMY® Award winning artist Ludacris

The Georgia Swarm (15-5) welcomes the West Division Finalist Saskatchewan Rush (14-6) in Game 1 of the 2017 NLL Champion’s Cup this Sunday, June 4 to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena. Faceoff is set for 5:05 p.m. ET. Georgia will be making its first-ever Champion’s Cup appearance and will try to prevent the two-time defending champion Rush from a three-peat. The Champion’s Cup is a best-of-three series.

In addition to the first NLL Championship game in Georgia, Atlanta’s own three-time GRAMMY® Award Winning Artist Ludacris will be performing at halftime. Lower level seats start as low as $20 for this historic game and halftime concert. Tickets are available by calling 844-4-GASWARM or by visiting GeorgiaSwarm.com/Playoff. Game 1 and Ludacris’s performance will also be streamed LIVE via Twitter.

Georgia made it to the Champion’s Cup after sweeping the Toronto Rock in the East Division Finals. The team took a bye week off to rest and prepare for its final obstacle in the 2017 season.

“We’re all proud as a group of what we’ve accomplished,” head coach Ed Comeau said. “But as I’ve said before, nobody, no player, no team, no individual in the league, sets out to just make a championship team. We’re proud and happy with what we’ve done, but we know in order for this to be a successful season, we need to be the last team to win a game. That’s what we’re going to focus on, our next game and really try to continue to replicate the hard work and good results that we’ve had so far.”

The first meeting between the two teams in 2017 took place during the NLL season opener on Jan. 7 at The Hive. Georgia emerged victorious with an 18-10 victory. The Thompson Brothers set a Guinness World Record for having the most siblings (4) play in a single professional lacrosse game at the same time.

Since then, the two teams rose to the top of their respective divisions and stayed there for the entire season, clinching the No. 1 playoff seeds in the East and West with Georgia clinching the No. 1 overall playoff seed courtesy of its 13-5 regular season record.

“Are we surprised we’re seeing Saskatchewan? No,” Comeau said. “Over the last three or four years, they have been one of the top teams in the league and a two-time defending champion. It’s a group that’s been built to win championships, and they’ve done a great job … We know they know what it takes to win. We’re going to have to be at our best to take them down.”

Georgia and Saskatchewan feature well-matched defenses. During the regular season, Saskatchewan allowed 212 goals ( GA/GAME) with Georgia finishing right behind the Rush with 213 ( GA/GAME). In the postseason, both defenses were key to their respective teams’ success in sweeping their opponents in the Division Finals. Georgia held the Toronto Rock to 17 goals over two games, and Saskatchewan held the Colorado Mammoth to 19 goals in its sweep.

Georgia’s Mike Poulin finished the regular season with a 12-4 record, 11.77 GAA, and a .781 SV%. In the postseason, Poulin leads all goaltenders in GAA and SV% with an 8.50 GAA and an astounding .827 SV%. Saskatchewan’s Aaron Bold finished the season between the pipes with an 11-4 record, 11.22 GAA, and a .764 SV%. In the postseason, he has collected two wins while posting a 9.50 GAA and a .768 SV%.

Bold and Poulin know each other well as they have faced each other seven different times in the playoffs over the past five years, Bold with Edmonton/Saskatchewan and Poulin with the Calgary Roughnecks. Poulin made it to the 2014 Champion’s Cup against the Rochester Knighthawks but was ultimately defeated, and he channels that loss into motivation.

“When Mike came in to work with us here as a free agent, we knew what he does,” Comeau said. “He does a lot of great things, his leadership. Mike’s a guy that has had success in this league but has never won. We knew we were going to get a really motivated player. As the season’s gone on, we’ve seen how motivated he is to help out, be at his best to put us in a position that we could get to the Championship and compete for a Championship. Veteran guys like that, they bring experience and a sense of urgency to getting to this point … I’ve said in the past, good goaltending helps your defense and good defense helps your goaltending. I think we’ve got a good thing going right now between the two groups.”

The Champion’s Cup will also feature the two best offenses in the NLL. Saskatchewan’s offense scored 231 goals in 18 games (12.83 GF/GAME) while Georgia’s offense set a new NLL record in goals for in a single season with 266 (14.78 GF/GAME).

Georgia’s historic offense is led by MVP candidate Lyle Thompson, who finished first in points in the NLL with 116 (45G, 71A). During the regular season, Georgia’s offense set another record by having seven players finish with 50 points or more. Randy Staats leads the Swarm in points during the postseason with 10 points (3G, 7A).

The Rush’s offense is led by MVP candidate Mark Matthews. Matthews finished second in points this season with 113 points (40G, 73A) and leads the scoring in the postseason with 15 points. Robert Church and Adam Jones ended the season second and third on the team respectively in scoring with 77 points (35G, 42A) and 57 points (26G, 31A).

“Saskatchewan has a lot of talent there,” Comeau said. “We want to stick with what works for us. We move the ball, we move our feet. When we do that, we’re hard to defend. We need to make sure we stick with our game plan. Their defense is really good, and try not to let their defense determine what our offense is going to do, but rather our offense determines how their defense is going to react.”

Early arriving fans will receive Rally Towels courtesy of Amplifii. The first 1,500 fans will also receive commemorative Championship Posters. Tickets are available by calling 844-4-GASWARM or by visiting GeorgiaSwarm.com/Playoff.

Game 2 will take place at SaskTel Centre on Saturday, June 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET. If necessary, Game 3 will return to The Hive on Sunday, June 18. Faceoff is set for 5:05 p.m. ET. All games will be streamed LIVE via Twitter.

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