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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
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
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
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
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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
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Live From The 585: Rush At Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks (7-3) return to the Blue Cross Arena for the first time in a month to take on the Edmonton Rush (6-4) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and on TSN GO in Canada.

The Knighthawks are coming off their second bye week in three weeks. Two weekends ago, the team traveled to Calgary to take on the Roughnecks and came away with a 13-7 win. Was this latest bye week a blessing or a curse for Rochester?

“It’s a double-edged sword,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “Once you’re grooving, you just want to keep that feeling going. Saying that, it’s been a tough grind so far this early part of the year. It does the body some good to recover and take a little bit of a break. Catch up with the family, make sure the wife and kids are all happy, and then we’re just going to put our nose to the grindstone and move forward.”

“Anytime during the season, you want to keep that momentum going if you can,” said Knighthawks defenseman Mike Kirk. “For us, that was our mid-point, 10 games. We’ve got a thick part of our schedule coming up with a ton of games in April, and it doesn’t get any easier when you start with Edmonton coming off the bye week. I think we’re ready to get back at it and see what we can do this weekend.”

Taking on the West Division-leading Rush is never an easy task. The Knighthawks’ lone home loss last season came at the hands of the Rush.

“It’s always tough coming off the bye week, especially against a team that’s playing so well right now,” Hasen said. “Last week, they found their groove. They had all facets of the game going and looked really good. It’s going to be tough. We’ve got to come in there and match them right off the bat.”

“You never know what it’s going to bring,” Kirk said. “They’re a heck of a team out the backdoor, but they’ve got a ton of firepower with their offense. This could be an anything game, but both teams will be working hard and trying to get that win.”

The win over the Roughnecks was Rochester’s fifth-straight win. In each win, the team has put up at least 11 goals. The key has been sticking to their principles.

“We always talk about keeping things as simple as possible,” Hasen said. “The biggest thing for us is guys are just playing their roles. We’re successful when guys do that… Just stick with it and work together as a group. I think we’ve been doing that for the last little while.”

The Knighthawks are second in the East Division and pursuing the Toronto Rock (10-3) while trying to stay above the Buffalo Bandits (7-6). Each win brings them closer to the playoffs and as much home-field advantage as they can get.

“It’s always that goal, when push comes to shove you’ve got your own fans cheering for you,” Hasen said. “You’re just following your normal week-to-week routines and that will make things a lot easier. For the most part, we worry about Edmonton now. They’re a great team coming in. That’s our focus. We just have to make sure we’re playing at our best. What happens after that happens, and we’ll go on from there.”

After big wins against the Vancouver Stealth and the Toronto Rock, things won’t be getting easier for the Rush (6-4) when they travel down to Rochester.

Edmonton faced some unfavorable finals a few weeks ago, with back to back overtime losses to Toronto and Calgary. The Rush took those games as a lesson and rebounded to score 19 goals on the Stealth, and beat Toronto last week in a tight defensive clash.

“It was a tough battle,” said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan. “It was a physical, fast game and it’s kind of what we expected. They’re a good team and we expect much the same this weekend playing Rochester. We always have really good games, and tough battles so it was good preparation for us going into this weekend.”

The game had an unlikely hero in defender Nik Bilic, who tied the game late in the fourth quarter for Edmonton, and then gave them the lead. Bilic isn’t known for his offensive prowess, with the totals from last game helping him tie his career high with three goals in a season, which he set last season.

“It definitely felt good,” said Bilic on Wednesday’s media call. “We were just working hard all game and the chances were coming. I was lucky to get the chances at the end of the game and I was lucky to put them in the back of the net.”

“It’s always hard going into Rochester. The fans are pretty loud and the arena gets pretty loud. We’re going to have to go in there and work hard like we did against Toronto, and just try to wear them down, and hopefully we get the outcome that we’re looking for.”

So far through 10 games, the Rush have only allowed more than nine goals three times. Three of their four losses have come by only one goal, while they have won all their games by at least two. If the bounces went the other way the Rush could be sitting with a 9-1 record.

These stellar defensive games have come with the help of goaltender Aaron Bold, who has been rock-solid for the Rush by posting a .784 save percentage. But Bold’s life outside of lacrosse has been difficult of late. His partner, Michelle Fines, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 bone cancer, four years removed from beating breast cancer. Michelle is getting treatment back home in Ontario, and the family is collecting donations to cover medical and travel expenses. Donations can be made to her You Caring page by clicking here.

In related news, the Knighthawks signed restricted free agent Garrett Billings to an offer sheet on Friday night which means that the Toronto Rock have until Monday night to match the offer in order to retain the services of the All-Pro forward.

By Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) & Mike Wilson (@RushBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Micheline Veluvolu.

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