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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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Nest Defended as Halifax Claims Season Series over Buffalo

After falling to the Bandits last week in Buffalo, the Thunderbirds bounce back today collecting an 11–9 win in Halifax.

 

The keys for Halifax were the same as they always are: start strong, possess the ball, and play a full 60 minutes. In this afternoon’s matinee, the Thunderbirds executed all of those perfectly. Opening the game with quick shots on net, the offense tested Buffalo Goaltender Matt Vinc early on.

 

It didn’t take long for Stephen Keogh to sneak one in, opening the scoring a little over 2 minutes in as a result of excellent ball movement and sharp decision making. Kyle Jackson tacked on another goal with 4:17 left in the 1st, tallying his 100th career goal. The captain Cody Jamieson followed up 22 seconds later, making the game 3–1.

 

The Bandits capitalized on a Power Play with just 4.1 seconds remaining in the first, making it a one goal game heading into the second quarter of play.

 

Warren Hill continued to amaze, shutting down nearly everything thrown his way whether it be from range or in close. Cody Jamieson picked up his 3rd assist of the game just 20 minutes in as he found Stephen Keogh on the crease for his 2nd goal, stretching the lead to 4–2.

 

Buffalo answered with a shorthanded goal as Ian MacKay put one past Hill in transition, but the lead would only sit at 1 for a brief time. Jamieson fought his way through and beat Vinc at the 5:32 mark, but Buffalo would respond right away. Justin Martin scored off the faceoff only 8 seconds later.

 

Head Coach Mike Accursi implemented a great game plan and it was working early on. “We have to have consistency on offense. We have to control the tempo of the game and right now we are,” he stated as the 1st quarter winded down.

 

The assists kept coming for Cody Jamieson, however, and he found the dangerous Graeme Hossack to stretch the lead back to 2. Warren Hill proved why he is named the King of the Hill and the Nest Defender, denying everything the Bandits tried. Transition chances, behind the back shots, and Power Play opportunities; it did not matter. Hill denied them all, carrying a 6–4 lead into the half.

 

“We are playing with some great intensity,” said Scott Campbell heading into halftime. “We’re winning at half which is always a bonus, and we just have to keep chipping away on offense.”

 

Warren Hill opened the 3rd quarter right where he left off, making acrobatic saves. Penalties by the Thunderbird defense gave the Bandits better scoring chances, and the lethal Chris Cloutier capitalized on a rebound after Hill shut down two back to back shots to bring Buffalo back within 1.

 

Another Halifax penalty opened the door for the Buffalo offense again, but Hill said “No,” stopping two shots right on the doorstep. One the other end of the field, the Bandit defense found themselves on the wrong end of a 5 vs. 3 Power Play, and the rookie phenom Clarke Petterson found the back of the net after some precise ball movement.

 

Ian MacKay scored another transition goal for the Bandits with 1 minute remaining in the 3rd, and Scott Campbell took another penalty for Halifax as the quarter came to an end.

 

A mere 41 seconds into the 4th, Chase Fraser fired a shot that beat Hill, knotting the game up at 7, continuing to prove that penalties are the Achilles Heel for Halifax.

 

Kyle Jackson responded for the Thunderbirds, scoring his 2nd goal of the day with 12:53 left in the game, and Warren Hill kept the score even, denying two transition shots by Buffalo. Another penalty on Halifax gave the Bandits the chance to tie the game again, and Fraser scored another, making the game 8–8 with 8 minutes remaining.

 

Two more Halifax penalties would occur, and Hill shut down the first one with help from Trevor Smyth and Nonkon Thompson locking down the Bandit attack. The second Power Play for Buffalo, however, was successful and Corey Small gave Buffalo the lead for the first time today with 1:59 remaining.

 

When the game is on the line, possessing the ball is everything. That is why having Jake Withers at the faceoff X is so important for the Thunderbirds. Withers had a dominant day, and providing one of the sport’s most dangerous shooters the chance to even the game. Cody Jamieson fired a shot past Vinc to tie the game at 9; 1 minute and 39 seconds left on the clock.

 

The captain was not finished putting points on the board, and just 30 seconds later a perfect pass to Petterson brought the game back in Thunderbird control, 10–9.

 

The Bandits pulled their goalie to get the extra attacker, but the Halifax defense was up to the task. Shots were deflected by the defense and saved by Hill, and a loose ball recovered by Hossack led to the ‘nail in the coffin’ goal with 14 seconds left.

 

Halifax would win the game 11–9. A bounce back victory after dropping two games on the road last weekend, this game gives Halifax the season series win over Buffalo. With Calgary knocking off Toronto this afternoon, as well, the Thunderbirds now move back into first in the North Division.

 

“No matter what game it is, if we’re up or down, we’re confident in the later stages of the game so we can push it to another level when other teams start to wear out,” said Player of the Game Cody Jamieson postgame. “It’s been a focus of ours to start the game better. We are confident in the 3rd and 4th quarter so we have to come out better in the 1st and 2nd quarter.”

 

The Thunderbirds now have a 3-game road stretch coming up, heading back to Rochester for the first time since relocating. That game will certainly be a battle, as all divisional games are. The next home game for Halifax is not until April 18th, when Philadelphia Wings come to town.

NLL