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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
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Mount’N Time: Rush & Roughnecks Saddle Up For Game 2

After winning Game 1 of the West Finals at home last weekend, the Edmonton Rush will look to reserve their spot in the Champion’s Cup Finals when they visit the Calgary Roughnecks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET. While Edmonton needs just one win, Calgary can return to the Cup Finals with wins in both Game 2 and what would be the subsequent 10-minute tiebreaker Game 3. Watch the action on TSN 3, TSN 4 & TSN GO (Canada) and on ESPN3 (U.S.) while the game also airs live on MSG, Altitude and Time Warner Cable Sports NY. Fans outside North America can click here to watch live.

When these two teams met in the West Finals last year, it was the Roughnecks who captured the first game at home. While the Rush were decisive winners in Game 2, the Roughnecks pulled through in the 10-minute Game 3, and advanced to the Finals against Rochester. With the winner of Game 1 reversed this time around, the Rush are hoping the outcome of the series can too.

“Hopefully we can go in there and get a win,” said Rush forward Mark Matthews, who led the team with seven points (3+4) in Game 1. “We don’t want to play in that mini-game and obviously anything can happen in that. We need a win in the sixty minutes and we can hopefully stay away from the ten minutes.

“It’s going to be tough to play in there, it always is. Especially now in the playoffs, they’ll have that place rocking.”

With the game tied at 8-8 with under three minutes to go in Game 1, it was Ben McIntosh and Zack Greer who scored crucial goals to give the Rush the win. McIntosh’s goal was his only point of the night, but it was the most important one of his young professional career.

“He’s kind of known for that,” said Edmonton Head Coach and GM Derek Keenan. “He’s a big-game player, he made a great shot. He followed a plan there, he got open, they didn’t give us much there in the fourth, and he found a gap there and made a great shot.”

The game was more characterized by its defense, rather than its offense with both goaltenders having big nights. For Edmonton, holding Calgary’s offense to just eight goals was a great defensive accomplishment. Calgary’s best forwards on the right side of the floor, Dane Dobbie and Jeff Shattler, were held to just three points, all off them coming from Dobbie. On the left side, Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson combined for four goals.

“We just played our team defense,” Keenan said. “We did what we try to do every week. They obviously have some highly-skilled and talented players on offense on both sides of the floor, so you can’t have the mindset that you’re going to focus on one guy, or two guys. You have to focus on the group, which means you have to play team defense.”

On the other side of the ball, Robert Church will return to the Rush offense after missing the last two games due to injury. Church had 92 points (37+55) in the regular season in 17 games. Jeremy Thompson, who was playing offense in Church’s absence, will return to his normal role, playing defense and transition.

After falling to the Rush 10-8 in Game 1, the Roughnecks find themselves in a familiar situation with another do-or-die game. The team will be looking to fix some mistakes that ultimately cost them the opener when they return to the Saddledome.

“We went through a couple of one-and-done’s, and we’re fortunate enough to have another opportunity to extend this to a mini-game,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky. “So we’re going to have to be a lot better than we were last week.”

“There are definitely some areas that we need to address. I thought the Rush were more hungry than we were. It showed in the loose ball stats. I thought fundamentally, we continued to turn the ball over more and that’s really uncharacteristic of our group. We’ve been pretty good at protecting the ball, but we gave it away a lot.”

With Edmonton’s high-powered offense, Calgary is focusing on tightening up its defense, but they are feeling prepared for the challenge that awaits them. The Roughnecks have seemed to fare well in must-win games, as they have played many of them long before the playoffs got underway.

“We’re going to have to elevate a little bit more on the backend. Probably a lot more to be honest with you,” Malawsky said. “But I know our guys are ready for that challenge, and we’re focused. There’s a lot of guys that took this weekend real personal, from a personal level that they didn’t pull on the rope.”

“I like our group when our backs are against the wall,” said Roughnecks transition player Geoff Snider. “We’ve got a lot of warriors, and a lot of guys that are battle tested…We didn’t play the game that we needed to play to be successful in Game 1. We’ll be ready for Game 2. I like how we respond in these situations so we’ll be prepared.”

After playing away games for more than a month, the Riggers are not forgetting the extra advantage they will have playing at home. The coaching staff hopes that the motivation from the crowd will push the Roughnecks towards a victory.

“I’ve always said that the Calgary fans are very knowledgeable,” Malawsky said. “I really do think it’s the extra guy, they score and it goes dead quiet, and we score and the roof goes off…I think from a mental perspective, it’s an advantage to our players. We expect (the fans) to be a factor and they’ll help us definitely.”

By Mike Wilson (@RushBeat) and Laura Bates (@RoughnecksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Brad Watson.

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