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Fri, Dec 2
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Sat, Dec 3
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Sat, Dec 3
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15
New York
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Sat, Dec 3
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22:00:00
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19:00:00
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21:30:00
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WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
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Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
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Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
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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
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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
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
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
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Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
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Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
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Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
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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
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Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
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Colorado
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22:00:00
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Panther City
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Saskatchewan
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13:00:00
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Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
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Philadelphia
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19
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19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
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20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
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19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
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21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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15:00:00
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Albany
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22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Getting Bye: Rock Beat Black Wolves 10-7 To Clinch East

The Toronto Rock (14-4) secured the top overall NLL seed and first place in the East Division to earn a first-round playoff bye with a 10-7 road win over the New England Black Wolves (4-13) on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Rock controlled the pace for most of the game, though the pack took a few bites of its own. Toronto now waits to see who they face in the second round of the playoffs, while the Black Wolves hit the road for their season finale against the Buffalo Bandits.

“Considering how we started the season, with two key guys out of our lineup, we’re pretty happy with how this thing has finished off,” said Rock head coach John Lovell. “That gives us a first-round bye and supposedly a playoff advantage, if there is such a thing in this league.”

“It’s just such a huge win, we put a lot of stock into this game,” added Rock forward Josh Sanderson.

“I honestly thought that the difference in the game tonight was the referees,” said Black Wolves head coach Blane Harrison. “I think they took it away from our guys. If they let the guys play, it was a pretty exciting game. It was up and down, nice lacrosse on both sides. They took that away from, I think, the fans. It was a great opportunity for it to be showcased in the last home game of the year. It’s unfortunate that it has to go that way.”

For the Rock, Brett Hickey had a game-leading four goals, including his 50th of the year which set a new Rock single-season record, while Jesse Gamble added one of his own. Kasey Biernes had one goal and one assist.

NLL legend Colin Doyle, who returned for the team’s finale after missing all year with a shoulder injury, collected two goals and three assists in his ’15 debut. The other big story of the game was Rock forward Josh Sanderson, who broke the NLL single-season record with his 83rd assist of the season and finished with five points (1+4). Also, goaltender Brandon Miller had a great outing with 40 saves on 49 shots on goal.

“The win was so huge, I’m not even thinking about it to be honest with you,” Sanderson said. “I play with a lot of good goal scorers and I guess that’s why I got it, I know it is. The bye helped me personally, I felt fresh out there. It’s just good to help contribute to the win. It’s massive for our franchise.”

“He’s had an absolutely fantastic season, that’s all I can say,” Lovell said. “It’s been inspiring to everybody on this team and to me as a coach. I consider myself pretty fortunate to be around it and to see it and to be involved with him and his dad. It was a pretty special night.”

On the other side of the turf, the Black Wolves spread the scoring love among all of its forwards. Kevin Buchanan led with two goals, and Garret Billings, Mark Cockerton, Pat Saunders, Kyle Buchanan, and Brett Bucktooth all collected a goal apiece. Billings collected three assists on the night, while Saunders and Ryan Hotaling each added two assists. Bucktooth and Mike Manley added an assist as well. Though the Black Wolves were outshot and outscored, veteran goaltender Evan Kirk had a great game in the net. Kirk had 52 saves on the night, after facing 62 shots on goal.

“It would’ve been better to get a win, to be quite honest,” Kirk admitted. “From day to day, I don’t look at my stats, it’s just wins or losses in our column. That’s another loss to a team that we’ve got a lot of competition against. It’s tough losing.”

The pack started off hot with Kevin Buchanan scoring the first goal just 12 seconds into the game off of the faceoff. The game was a back-and-forth battle of whose defense was going to hold out longest, and the Rock won the war in the fourth quarter. Both teams were physical throughout the game, with scuffles coming at every turn.

The Black Wolves finish off the 2015 season with a road game against the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Rock are done for the regular season as they now await the winner of the Buffalo vs. Rochester East Division Semifinal series. Toronto will host Game 2 of the East Division Finals on Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“I definitely wanted to end on a good note, that’s for sure,” Kirk said. “Banditland is an easy place to get up for. It’s going to be tough traveling tonight, lack of sleep, but there’s lots of people to get you excited for the game. We definitely want to give them a loss going into the playoffs.”

“We know we’ve got Buffalo or Rochester and they’re both good teams,” said Sanderson about the playoffs. “Buffalo is probably playing as good as they have all year and they’re a real good ball club. Then Rochester is three-time defending champs; until someone knocks them off, they’re the best team.”

“We know we’ve got to work hard at our practices, and whoever we play, we’re going to play. We’ve just got to have the same intensity we had tonight,” he added.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Brett Hickey
2) Evan Kirk
3) Brandon Miller

Story by Alyssa McLaughlin (@BlackWolvesBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Khoi Ton.

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