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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
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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Leaders Have Helped Lead the Roughnecks To Victories

One of the most valuable lessons a leader can teach individuals hoping to thrive is that success will eventually come if you work hard and work smart through every challenge you will face. This is easier said than done, especially if you are trying to teach these types of lessons to youthful, eager athletes who want to win right away, but it will help beget success.

The Calgary Roughnecks’ young core has been in the process of learning many strategies on how to become their best selves throughout this NLL season, including, but not limited to, that principle of finding the most effective ways to battle through adversity.

Thankfully for those blossoming players, they have been guided by a top-notch players’ coach from the bench and are playing alongside savvy, character veterans on the floor who have a wealth of relevant knowledge that has helped get this year’s team out of an early-season 1-4 hole.

The Roughnecks’ season looked like it was in jeopardy from the outside looking in. However, according to Roughnecks Captain Curtis Dickson, the team knew the high level they could play up to; all the pieces just weren’t coming together quite yet.

“We weren’t playing up to our own expectations, and I know we were written off by a lot of people to start the year, and that was fine with us; we have no problem playing the underdog role,” Dickson said. “We knew what we were capable of, and we didn’t want to use having a young team as an excuse even though we have quite a few inexperienced guys. I think they’ve been slowly morphing into their roles.”

More than halfway through this season, the Roughnecks were still floating near the bottom of the West Conference standings as each of the players was attempting to play up to their role.

Dickson recalled a critical Skype call with the team right before their current win streak in which he encouraged the younger players to speak up, ask questions, and be confident with their actions as members of this team on and off the floor. Dickson can confidently say what the best strategies for success with this team are because he’s reaped the benefits of implementing the lessons he learned as a younger player in this system.

“If they have questions, if they don’t know anything, even if we’re on the floor and they don’t know what’s going on, all us older guys are there to help them out,” Dickson said. “But, this back-half of the season has been great. They’re catching on pretty quickly; they’re smart guys and know what they’re doing out there now. It’s been a lot of fun getting to see all these guys improve as much as they have.”

Understandably, it would take time for this team to find their way. Based on current rosters from around the league, the Roughnecks are the third-youngest team in the NLL, behind Panther City and Rochester, and they have had 11 players with 3 years experience or fewer who have played five or more games.

Roughnecks Head Coach Curt Malawsky has praised his veteran leaders for taking on the responsibility of helping to teach the younger players. Whether it’s Dickson, Jesse King, Curtis Manning, Christian Del Bianco, or others, those leaders have specific tools and wisdom for both on and off the floor that they can impart to these up-and-coming talents.

“I think we have selfless leaders,” Malawsky said. “They can say that they’re playing for the team’s success, but then they go out, and they prove it every night we go out there. We always talk about ‘Well done is better than well said,’ and these guys always get it done. The young guys know that [the leaders] say that, and then they do it, which carries a lot of weight.”

Now, let’s give credit to all the places it is due. It’s one thing for the veterans to show the best ways to comport themselves on and off the floor, but getting the younger players to buy in is another challenge.

The Roughnecks’ elite transition player Zach Currier applauded the team’s younger members for doing their best to absorb what they’re being taught and then trying to implement those strategies and then improve each week.

“We’re all pretty like-minded people, and a big part of that is winning lacrosse games – we all love to win lacrosse games,” Currier said. “I think the young guys are really listening to Curtis Dickson, Jesse King, Curtis Manning, and all of our veteran leaders. They’re all good role models and always say the right things. [The young guys] are really buying in, and you can see that they are putting the pieces together and are playing a full 60 minutes.”

With those pieces coming together now, we can see how dangerous this Roughnecks team can be. They are currently on a four-game win streak, their longest winning streak since 2014. And this weekend, the Roughnecks have the chance to extend their current streak to five games for the first time since 2012 and clinch a playoff berth with a win over Vancouver on Saturday.

During the four-game winning streak, the NLL world has seen firsthand the improvement of the Roughnecks’ young studs. There’s no better time of the season for these budding players to be in the middle of one of the organization’s longest winning streaks.

Rookie Tanner Cook set a personal-best of four assists in the Roughnecks’ last game and had his first multi-goal outing before that, while Haiden Dickson recorded his first career multi-point game when also getting at least 10 loose balls.

On the defensive side of the ball, Third-year player Eli Salama has recorded seven of his 13 caused turnovers in the last four games. In the previous match, rookie Liam LeClair recorded at least one point, one loose ball picked up, and forced one turnover for the first time in his career.

The winning streak has not only catapulted this team into a playoff position (for now) with a record of 8-7, but it has given all the players an immense amount of confidence, plenty of which we saw on the floor last weekend by way of numerous highlight-reel goals and assists.

Regardless of the team’s record, Malawsky’s gameplan has never wavered this season. He focused on preparing his veterans to lead the way on the floor to make this team better, and that’s precisely what they’ve done. That’s what smart work, hard work and unselfish work will get you.

“I attribute that 100% to our leadership group and our veteran players,” Malawsky said. “We’ve all been in many locker rooms, and we’ve all played this sport. We know that you play for the rest of the guys in that locker room. As coaches, we can create a game plan and come up with what we think gives us the best chance to win, but I think the young guys’ success is a direct correlation to the veteran group and the way they’re helping each other out and helping us to become a team.”

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