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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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Il Indoor: Three Stars Of Nll Week 2

Which National Lacrosse League stars shined the brightest over the weekend which featured four openers in Buffalo, Georgia, Rochester and Vancouver on Saturday night? Preview Stephen Stamp’s Three Stars of NLL Week 2 below for a rundown of which pros helped get their teams off to a fast start in 2016.

First Star
Pat Saunders, New England Black Wolves
4 goals, 5 assists
Saunders is a great story. You can read more about him in my wrap up of the Saturday slate of games. The short version is that it took the 2008 sixth-round draft pick six years to establish himself in the NLL but he’s making the most of it now with 63 goals over his two full seasons and a spectacular performance in the Black Wolves opener this year. He’s proven himself as a legitimate NLL shooter. His opening goal Saturday came when an errant ball caromed off the boards to him atop the crease. It looked like a lucky play and it was to the extent that the ball came straight to him. Saunders showed great eyes and hands, though, to pluck the ball up, spin and tuck it home.

His second goal, of course, was vintage Saunders if there is such a thing this early in his career. The lefty has a somewhat unusual approach to jumping to catch a high pass, such as the one he received from Shawn Evans. Most players tend to jump with their legs close together and wind up leaning towards the goal. Saunders jumps and spreads his legs wide, which seems to give him stability in an upright position while not limiting his hang time. That allows him to catch and shoot accurately while still in the air, as he did Saturday. Saunders is one of the most overlooked emerging stars in the league, but a few more performances like he had in the New England opener and he’ll get plenty of attention. 

Second Star
Evan Kirk, New England Black Wolves
49 saves on 56 shots, .875 save percentage
First, a caveat. Let’s pump the breaks on the “New England is for real” talk. Yes, their 17-7 win over Vancouver was impressive. You know what else was impressive? Their 17-7 win over Rochester last year that moved them to 2-0 with Kirk standing out as the best goalie in the NLL through Week 2. They only won two more games last season. Trust me: I know them fairly well and both Kirk and new head coach Glenn Clark would be among the first to say “It’s only one game.” I’m not saying the Black Wolves won’t better this year, because I think they will. But you just can’t read too much into one game.

That said, it was a great game for the Black Wolves and definitely did show many signs of promise. And while the offence was excellent, Kirk and the defence deserve their share of the credit. Kirk is a solid goalie who, like most high-calibre keepers, will stop most of the shots that he can see leaving the stick. He struggled much of last year as the Black Wolves struggled and finished with a woeful .728 save percentage. He found his game again this summer, even earning starts ahead of Matt Vinc with the Peterborough Lakers. The New England defence doesn’t feature a lot of big names, but it does have an athletic and intelligent core group that has been together for a while supplemented with the likes of veterans Derek Suddons and Dan Ball. They did a good job of leaving Kirk shots he could handle and Kirk in turn made it look easy. But rest assured, stopping almost 90% of the shots fired at you by NLL shooters is never easy.

Honorable Mentions
Randy Staats (Georgia): 3g, 4a. The scoring is attention-grabbing and impressive, but what really stands out about Staats’ play this year is just how easy he’s making the transition to the NLL look. He appears utterly comfortable on the carpet, making plays like he’s back in Jr A, not facing the best defenders in the world. Staats was good with the Six Nations Chiefs and Iroquois Nationals in the summer, but not like this. He’s taken his game to another level. It’ll be fun to see if he can maintain it all season…Graeme Hossack (Rochester): 2g, 8LB, 1CTO. In his first game in the NLL, Hossack looked like a veteran. He was out high pressuring opponents past the restraining line while rarely getting caught when he needed to get back tighter to the crease. He was on the floor in key situations late in the game. And he scored a pair of lovely goals in transition…Dhane Smith (Buffalo): 2g, 3a. Five points including the winning goal on a play that was breathtaking in how simple he made it look. Smith ducked under and around his defender with feet so quick they shouldn’t be allowed in a man as big and strong as he is. Tucking it home seemed inevitable once he was in alone…Callum Crawford (Colorado): 3g, 5a It’s still a little strange typing “Colorado” after Crawford’s name but he obviously isn’t having any trouble adjusting to his new home…Dane Dobbie (Calgary): 2g, 5a. Takes over the Roughnecks all-time goal-scoring record from the great Kaleb Toth. He was in on 7 of Calgary’s 9 goals. That offence needs to find some chemistry, but Dobbie is doing his part to try to get it rolling…Brodie MacDonald (Georgia): 35/42, .833 save percentage. Toronto led Georgia 6-5 at the 4:09 mark of the second quarter Saturday. Then MacDonald did his best impression of a brick wall the rest of the way in the Swarm’s 12-7 win…Cody Jamieson (Rochester): 2g, 5a. Jammer didn’t take long to announce he was back from Achilles surgery, scoring 19 seconds into the game…Rob Hellyer (Toronto): 3g, 2a. Hellyer was coming off surgery as well (to his shoulder) and teamed with Stephan Leblanc (2g, 4a) to provide almost all of the offence Toronto was able to generate…Shawn Evans (New England): 4g, 2a, 2CTO. He’s been so good for so long now that it doesn’t seem surprising Evans performed so well in his first game with the Black Wolves. Bear in mind, though, that as far as I know he’s never played with any of his new teammates in New England other than Saunders as a depth forward for a couple of games in Peterborough. His backhand whip goal was a thing of beauty. His groin stretch while waiting for an opponent to pressure him before picking up the ball late in New England’s romp over Vancouver elicited mixed reviews (cheeky and fun or disrespectful? you decide) but it certainly suggested he’s already comfortable in his new surroundings…Johnny Powless (Georgia): 4g, 1a. I erred in not giving JP some love in my Sunday story, which was hammered home as I saw his sensational plays shared all over my Facebook wall…

Click here for the full list of Three Stars of NLL Week 2 by Stephen Stamp on Inside Lacrosse via IL Indoor.

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