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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
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
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Las Vegas
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Mammoth and Rush Set to Start Kickoff Weekend 2019 in West Division Semifinal Rematch

This Friday, the Colorado Mammoth will host the Saskatchewan Rush in the first regular season matchup of the 2019-20 NLL season. For those who watched, this will be a much-anticipated rematch of the 2019 West Division Semifinal, where the Mammoth pulled off a major upset of the one-seeded Rush team in Saskatoon.

The shock in the playoff game came off of the regular season finale where the Mammoth were playing the Rush in Saskatchewan and lost 8-13. The Rush dominated the Mammoth during the regular season, sweeping all three games by a combined score of 31-22. The Mammoth made it into the playoffs as the 4 seed (6-12), while the Rush took the West Division (11-7) again and looked to continue their streak of advancing to the NLL Finals for the 5th straight season.

During the West Division Semifinal, Saskatchewan got on the board first but Colorado immediately responded by scoring three straight goals in a span of 3:10, finishing the first quarter leading 3-2. The game remained fairly quite until the 4th quarter, where the teams scored a combined nine goals. Colorado entered the quarter trailing 4-7 but Eli McLaughlin got the Mammoth within two goals in the first minute of the 4th quarter. Jeff Shattler quickly responded for the Rush to make it a three-goal game again. The Mammoth then went on to their best run of the game, scoring four straight goals, capped off by Jacob Ruest’s goal to give the Mammoth a 9-8 lead with 6:40 remaining in the game. With less than one-minute remaining, Ben McIntosh scored an odd goal for many to see, having scooped the ball out of the crease when it looked like Robert Hope and Dillon Ward had the ball secured. With the score tied 10-10, the teams entered a sudden death overtime period. The game winning goal came from two-time NLL Transition Player of the Year, Joey Cupido who intercepted a pass on the defensive end and ran the breakaway, putting the ball past Evan Kirk to stun the Saskatchewan crowd. The Mammoth’s season would end a week later versus the eventual champions, Calgary Roughnecks.

During the off-season leading into this game, two new teams to the NLL were able to select their roster, making a total of 13 teams to compete for the NLL Cup. The division realignment, which expanded the league to three divisions (West, North, and East) has made the road to the playoffs more difficult in the West Division. Now the only division with five teams (Calgary, Colorado, Saskatchewan, San Diego, and Vancouver) only the top two teams are guaranteed a spot in the postseason. Starting off the season with a critical division matchup could play a big part in the final standings.

With the expansion draft, free agency and trades, both teams have very familiar faces as well as missing a couple of key pieces from their prior seasons roster. Notable players no longer on the Mammoth side are forwards Jeremy Noble (traded to SD) and Cory Vitarelli (FA to PHI), defenseman Brad Self (retired), and goalie Steve Fryer (selected in expansion to ROC). For Saskatchewan, Nik Bilic (traded to VAN), Curtis Knight (selected in expansion by Rochester), and Scott Campbell (FA to HFX) are key departures for the Rush.

New faces for each of these franchises include first round selections from the NLL Entry Draft, Holden Garlent (SAS), Warren Jeffrey (COL), and Tanner Thomson (SAS), as well as second round picks, Will Malcom (COL) and Brett Craig (COL). Colorado was able to add large bodies on the teams already tough defense and a few promising scorers whereas Saskatchewan was able to plug in a few players as role players to their team that has been kings of the West for a handful of years.

Looking at the matchup, although the Mammoth lost all three regular season matchups to the Rush last season, the Mammoth were the only team to hold the Rush’s prolific offense to under 10 goals in a game and did it twice. The game could be decided by the end of the first quarter. The team who led after the first won all 4 matchups and the teams combined last season went 12-1 when leading after the first.

Based off the performances from last season, don’t be surprised if this is another low scoring affair. Colorado returns the core of their defense and still has former NLL Goaltender of the Year, Dillon Ward. Colorado is the only team to hold opponents under 200 goals over each of the last three seasons and was the least penalized team last year. In the other net will be Evan Kirk, who is no slouch, going 6-4 last season with an 11.54 GAA. Colorado will need to figure out who will be their go to scoring threat. Eli McLaughlin returns as a strong lefty who set career highs in goals, assists, and points as the scoring leader for the Mammoth. Colorado will be without the services of other left-handed forwards Jeff Wittig and Chris Wardle, who start the season with injuries. This could make McLaughlin’s night a lot tougher without those counterparts. Now in his sophomore season, Kyle Killen took the league by storm last year, finishing with 28 goals, second among rookies to only Rookie of the Year winner, Austin Staats. Ryan Lee also took a major step forward in his sophomore season last year playing alongside his RIT teammate, Killen. For Saskatchewan, expect Mark Matthews to continue his dominance on the left side and be looking for Ben McIntosh, who both finished tied for 4th in the NLL last season with 41 goals.

Watch this game for free on the NLL’s streaming partner, B/R Live. All games during the first two weeks of the NLL season will be streamed for free. Fans can watch their favorite team or every team all season long on B/R Live.

 

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