fbpx

Download Your Favorite Teams Schedule Here

×
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
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
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
Powered By
MGM Logo
Scores / Schedule
Stories/Op-Ed

Lax Magazine: Stevens On Champion’S Cup Finals Opener

NLL Hall of Fame writer Neil Stevens was in Toronto to take in Game 1 of the 2015 NLL Champion’s Cup Finals between the Toronto Rock and Edmonton Rush, a game that saw the Rush run away with a 15-9 road win. Read more about the opener by previewing Stevens’ recap on Lacrosse Magazine below and find the full story on LaxMagazine.com.

“Speed, great goaltending, unyielding defense and superior shooting — the Rush had it all, and the decisiveness of their 15-9 win in the opener of the NLL’s best-of-three championship series suggests that they will finish off the Rock back home in Edmonton on Friday night,” Stevens writes.

Speed: the Rush, younger thus faster, were engineering quick transition breaks before Rock forwards could get off the floor.

Goaltending: the Rock used both Brandon Miller and Nick Rose and neither could outplay Aaron Bold.

Defense: the Rush checkers kept Rock shooters on the perimeter so effectively that the Rock managed only four goals from near the Rush crease, and that includes one that bounced in off a Rush defenseman.

Shooting: the Rush had only five more shots on goal than the Rock but had superior shot placement.

There was a common element in all of these facets of Edmonton’s game.

“Work ethic,” Bold replied when asked for his analysis. “50-50 battles and just work ethic and just determination.

“We came in with a game plan of outworking them. They’re an older team. They’re a very, very talented team. They got back into it a little bit and we had to steamroll it and we were fortunate to do that by taking advantage of their slow transition a little bit and just keep on running. It caught up to them. We capitalized on transition and the (scoring) opportunities we had.”

There were barely 9,000 spectators in the 19,800-seat Air Canada Centre, which was a disappointing crowd given that Toronto finished first overall during the regular season and had knocked off defending-champion Rochester in the division final at home the previous weekend.

Toronto led 2-0 after Kasey Beirnes got credit for a goal when the ball caromed past Bold off teammate John LaFontaine and Brock Sorensen ran the floor to score on a 3-on-2 rush.

Edmonton got the next six.

Mark Matthews started the run with an overhand bullet into a bottom corner of the net behind Miller from the top of the power-play setup. The way the six-foot-five, 230-pound lefty changes the position of his stick on the downward swing of his shot leaves goalies simply guessing as to where the ball is going to go.

A high Matthews shot from a distance tied it, Ben McIntosh dashed free into the middle of the Rock zone to accept a Robert Church pass and score, Church wiggled around Sorensen and scored while falling into the crease, Jarrett Davis beat Miller for a short-handed goal off a fast break, and Riley Loewen, positioned to the left of Miller, fired a ball into a top corner of the net. That made it 6-2 early in the second quarter, and Rock coach John Lovell sent in Rose to replace Miller.

A quick-stick Beirnes goal from a Rob Hellyer pass and a top corner goal by Hellyer from the top of the power-play setup narrowed it to 6-4 but, as they did all night, the Rush roared back to strengthen their position. McIntosh fired in a bouncer, Jeremy Thompson shot into an open net off a rebound with Rose down and Adrian Sorichetti kept the ball on a 3-on-1 break to plant it in a top corner of the Rock net to make it 9-4 just before halftime.

The third quarter was the only quarter in which Toronto outscored Edmonton.

Lovell sent Miller back onto the floor to start the second half and Kevin Crowley scored from the top of the right side. That was offset by another Matthews bullet from the top of the power-play setup. The Rock looked to be mounting a rally when Josh Sanderson trotted out of a corner to the left of Bold to bounce one in and when Colin Doyle ran across the middle of the zone before flinging in a ball with an overhand shot.

Offsetting mid-zone goals by Church and Crowley left it 11-8 for the Rush. That’s when Bold made his biggest save of the night. Damon Edwards got a breakaway but couldn’t beat Bold. Edmonton scored the next four goals, starting with one by Greer late in the third quarter off a pinpoint Matthews pass to the front edge of the crease that got through despite Greer being manhandled by Sandy Chapman.

”That was a key goal,” said had coach Derek Keenan. ”They were kind of inching back. The plan is the plan but guys still have to make plays and we had guys make plays _ Greer, Matthews, the whole group.”

Thompson opened the fourth by scoring after evading Hellyer, who had been unable to get off the floor after a change in possession, and Greer and Church scored with bounce shots to make it 15-8. Miller was lifted a second time and Rose returned to the Rock crease. Toronto’s Brett Hickey scored the last goal at 7:57 of the fourth quarter. Edmonton was content to manage the clock with extended possessions the rest of the way.

”We closed it out pretty strong,” said Keenan.

Studying tendencies of the Rock goalies leading up to the game was helpful, said Matthews.

”We watched a lot of film on what Miller does and he likes to guess,” said Matthews. ”So we changed up our shots as much as we could. Early there, in the first (quarter) a bunch of them went in, and when you get a goalie change it’s awesome for the offense and we didn’t look back.”

Keenan made sure his players were well-prepared all over the floor.

”We shot the ball well,”he said. ”We paid attention to a shooting plan.”

”We did a lot of e-mailing and talking and had a good practise Friday night and a lot of game film,” said Matthews. ”Our coaches did a great job. We stuck to the systems they implemented from the start of the season and it paid off.”

Click here to read the full story by Neil Stevens on LaxMagazine.com. Photo by Graig Abel.

NLL