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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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Live From The Hive: Knighthawks Visit Swarm

The Rochester Knighthawks (2-2) visit the Minnesota Swarm (2-2) at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday for an East Division showdown. Watch live on UniversalSports.com in the US and TSN.ca in Canada starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.

As Minnesota prepares to host a game at the Hive for the first time since its home opener last month, they will pull from the strengths of their play last week.

The Swarm trailed early against Buffalo last Friday and their rally in the second half came up short, but it didn’t lack the fortitude of a team ready to contend. Minnesota entered the second half with an eight-goal deficit, and managed to close the gap, but came up short with a 15-12 loss.

“The guys showed a lot of character and battled back and made it a game,” said Swarm assistant coach Aime Caines. “Of course we want to get the win, but it just shows the heart of our guys in that locker room.”

To play for the win this Friday, Minnesota will aim to attack straight out of the gate and leave no question about their prowess.

“It’s been a little bit of an issue early in the year, getting down early in games,” said Swarm transition player Jordan MacIntosh. “So we’ve got to nip that in the bud, especially this weekend.”

For the extra push right from the beginning, the Swarm will look to Callum Crawford, who had eight points in the game last week, rookie Miles Thompson, who has lived up to the hype, and third year forward Shayne Jackson, who has steadily made an impression on offense. Jordan MacIntosh is expected to contribute heavily in transition and Logan Schuss should continue to make an offensive impact as he settles into his role as forward following an award-winning rookie year.

“We have a lot of weapons,” Caines said. “If we’re going to be successful, it will be by-committee with all those guys working together.”

A few key role changes have been significant for the Swarm this season, including the switch to defense for second-year player Kiel Matisz, who had three points and eight loose balls against Buffalo last week. So far, it’s been working well for the team.

“He’s one of those players that just wants to win,” Caines said. “So he’s happy with his new role and playing really well.”

Minnesota will also continue to pull from the efforts of captain transition Andrew Suitor, forward Corbyn Tao and defensive veteran Mitch Belisle as heavy contributors in the team play as they prepare for this weekend.

“I’m happy to see those guys flourish this year, they’re having a great year,” Caines said.

The Swarm have not played in front of their home crowd since a disappointing home opener loss last month and are excited to get back in their own barn. They expect an extra dose of stamina from the home crowd as they head into this weekend and are keen to show their home crowd a win against the three-time defending Champion’s Cup winners.

“We have a great crowd in Minnesota and they get behind us,” Caines said. “It’s going to be nice to be home and get that energy boost.”

“It’s exciting to be back home,” MacIntosh said. “Playing the defending champs – that’s always going to be a game that you’re going to be up for.”

The Knighthawks are coming off a 17-11 win over the Buffalo Bandits at the Blue Cross Arena this past Saturday.

“It was a good game,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “A game of runs. We were really good the first half. Offensively, we were moving the ball and defensively, we were putting them in lanes and making easy shots for ‘Vno’ to pick up. They went on their run in the third, and we were lucky we jumped back on our run in the fourth. We were able to finish it off with good lacrosse, good offense and good defense.”

“Obviously the last couple of games, our defense has picked up our slack after the first couple of weeks,” said Knighthawks defenseman Brad Self. “Buffalo went on a bit of a run there in the third quarter, but we’re a veteran group so we were able to weather the storm. It was an unbelievable game.”

With both teams in the East Division and sitting at .500, this game has early implications in the standings.

“It’s going to be a tough one,” Hasen said. “We both know we want to be on the right side of .500 when this weekend is through. It’s going to be tough.”

One of the keys to the Bandits’ third-quarter run was their ability to jump on the Knighthawks in transition. That part of the game will once again be a factor in this game.

“Minnesota has a lot of different weapons,” Hasen said. “Their transition game is probably second to none. They love running the floor, and when they do set up their offense, they’ve got five guys on the floor who can shoot the ball from any point, anywhere, and make you pay for it. It’s going to be tough. We’re in for another battle. Looking forward to it.”

“We’re going to have to be prepared,” Self said. “Stopping their transition, getting off the bench early, getting hard off the floor on the offensive end. Like ‘Hazer’ said, they have some weapons on offense as well that we’re going to have be prepared for. We’re going to be sharp right from the start of the game because we know they’re going to have lots of energy in their own barn.”

Rochester’s offense came alive against the Bandits, hitting double-digit goals for the first time since Week 1 against the Toronto Rock. With forward Stephen Keogh cleared to play, the Knighthawks offense is looking to get even better.

“He brings a different element to us,” Hasen said. “He’s a grinder. He’s going to put his head down and drive hard to the net. When he gets there, he’s got some great hands to finish both inside and outside. He works hard to get his teammates open. When he gets that opportunity to finish, he can definitely finish. It’s just another element on that right side that’s going to be good for us. To get Stevie back in the lineup, it’s going to create a little more havoc on opposing defenses.”

Which player Keogh might replace on Rochester’s roster has yet to be decided.

“As far as roster-wise goes, we signed Marty Hill to an active spot last week and he’ll bump back down to the practice squad,” Hasen said. “Keogh will be taking that spot. As far as lineup goes, we’ll see. We’ve got a good practice here tonight. We’ll evaluate how he’s doing. Come Friday night, we’ll have that decision made.”

Story by Maria Jollie (@SwarmBeat) & Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Scott Pierson.

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