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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
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
Las Vegas
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Nll Power Rankings On Il Indoor: Week 18

With the regular season now complete and six teams left standing to compete for the Champion’s Cup, Brian Shanahan has posted the final edition of the NLL Power Rankings on IL Indoor ahead of this weekend’s Division Semifinal games.

“The 2016 National Lacrosse League regular season has ended and what was unthinkable before this season started has happened: Both the Toronto Rock and Rochester Knighthawks have missed the playoffs,” Shanahan writes.

The much improved New England Black Wolves and Georgia Swarm have earned the second and third playoff spots in the East. In the West, the Calgary Roughnecks clinched the last playoff spot.

Coming into the weekend, there was still a chance for both the Vancouver Stealth and Rochester Knighthawks to squeeze into the playoffs. Vancouver needed a couple of wins and with only one game on the schedule Friday night the spotlight was on the Vancouver Stealth vs. Colorado Mammoth game. In the end, it was the veteran superstar John Grant Jr. who scored a couple of clutch goals in the fourth quarter for the Mammoth when it looked like Vancouver was taking hold of the game.

Vancouver’s 11-10 loss took some of the drama out of the rest of the weekend but not all.

While Saturday’s game between the Stealth and the Georgia Swarm meant nothing to the Stealth, the Swarm were still playing for their playoff lives and their 10-1 first-half lead sealed the deal as they went on to a 14-6 victory and an invite to the playoffs. You have to wonder if the Rochester Knighthawks were aware of the score in Georgia while they were playing the Saskatchewan Rush.

The Rochester game started about 30 minutes after the start of the game in Georgia and by the time Rochester took a 4-1 early in the second quarter I’m sure most people in Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena knew that Georgia was running away with its game. Saskatchewan scored 7 straight in the second quarter and never gave up the lead as it went on for a 13-9 victory.

In Buffalo, the battle for first place between the Bandits and the New England Black Wolves was a resounding victory for Buffalo. Buffalo won by a score of 12-7. The victory not only gave the Bandits first in the East but also the top seed in the NLL, which means home floor advantage throughout the playoffs.

Dhane Smith scored 4 goals and 2 assists finish the season with a record-breaking 72 goals and 137 points. His counterpart on the Wolves, Shawn Evans, left the game with an unspecified injury in the second quarter. He had 1 goal at that point and he was shut down for the rest of the weekend.

On Sunday, in a rather anticlimactic ending to the regular season, the Rochester Knighthawks ended their 6-game losing streak by defeating the New England Black Wolves (playing without Evans) by a 10-8.

The other game played this weekend was between the Calgary Roughnecks and the Toronto Rock. With so many games having playoff implications this weekend, you can easily forget how entertaining a lacrosse game can be when it is played for sheer pride. Sometimes athletes say they are playing for pride but those are just words. When it is real you can watch 5 minutes of a game and feel it. That was the case in the Calgary Saddledome as the Calgary Roughnecks and the Toronto Rock played as if a championship were on the line. At the end, it was rookie Wes Berg who scored the winner to give Calgary its first OT victory of the season but it was the effort by both teams that reminded me why I fell in love with this sport over 40 years ago.

For the last time this season, let’s check out the Power Rankings.

1) Buffalo Bandits (13-5): In front of 19,070 fans the Buffalo Bandits finished a record-breaking season as they defeated their first place threat, the New England Black Wolves by a score of 12-7. Buffalo will get a bye to the East Division championships in two weeks. The only negative on the night was that Anthony Cosmo left with an apparent knee injury 10 minutes into the game. David DiRuscio filled in nicely but the Bandits would like to have their veteran goalie as they take a run at their first championship since 2008.

2) Saskatchewan Rush (13-5): After missing last weekend’s game, Zack Greer was back in the lineup and scored 5 goals for the Rush in their 13-9 victory over the Rochester Knighthawks. Greer has missed two games this season and the Rush has lost them both. You can bet they have their full lineup ready when they host the Western Finals in two weeks.

3) Colorado Mammoth (12-6): The Mammoth defeated the Vancouver Stealth 11-10 in a very entertaining game on Friday night. Colorado was playing without Adam Jones so Callum Crawford (8 assists ) and John Grant Jr. (3 goals and 3 assists) carried the offensive load for the Mammoth, but a healthy Dillon Ward could be the difference maker in the playoffs as the Mammoth get set to play the Calgary Roughnecks for what seems the 1,000th time in the playoffs this weekend. Ward finished the season with the best save percentage and second best GAA.

4) New England Black Wolves (10-6): The New England Black Wolves lost to the Buffalo Bandits on 12-7 on Saturday and 10-8 to the Rochester Knighthawks in a meaningless game on Sunday in which they rested No. 1 goaltender Evan Kirk as well as Shawn Evans. The big question will be regarding Evans’s health as they host the Georgia Swarm on Saturday. He has been their undisputed leader this season and they will need him if they want to continue their great season.

5) Calgary Roughnecks (8-10): Calgary defeated the Toronto Rock 17-16 on Saturday night in a very entertaining lacrosse game. Curtis Dickson became the fourth player in NLL history to score more than 60 goals as his four goals gave him 61 on the season and rookie Wes Berg provided a secondary threat from the right shooters as he had his best game of the season with 6 goals, including the winner in OT. It was Calgary’s 5th OT game of the season and its first win. Goaltender Mike Poulin was pulled twice for the Roughnecks, but it would be my bet that he will still be the starter when they head to Denver. The Roughnecks chose to rest lefty Dane Dobbie. They are 1-4 without Dobbie in the lineup.

6) Georgia Swarm (8-10): Georgia stormed out of the gate on Saturday, taking a 10-1 lead and defeated the Vancouver Stealth by a final score of 14-6. The victory meant that the Swarm earned their own playoff berth by going 4-1 in their last 5 games. In a season with so many outstanding rookies, Randy Staats was deadliest scorer as his 7 points allowed him to finish the season with a record 95 points. Fourth year player Shayne Jackson had 4 goals and 5 assists to finish with a career-best 40 goals and 83 points.  The Swarm will travel to New England to play the Black Wolves in a historic playoff game.

7) Rochester Knighthawks (7-11): I really debated moving Rochester up since its only win in the last 7 games was a meaningless game on Sunday. After losing 6 straight games, including Saturday’s 13-9 loss to the Saskatchewan Rush, the Knighthawks finally got a victory playing their last game of the season against the against the New England Black Wolves by a score of 11-9. Like the Toronto Rock, the Knighthawks will have to look hard at what needs to be done to get this team back in the playoffs.

8) Vancouver Stealth (5-13): The Stealth played a tremendous game on Friday but came up short as they lost to the Colorado Mammoth 11-10. On Saturday, the Stealth played their last game of the season against the Georgia Swarm. Whether it was the travel, the fact that they sat out a few starters (Rory Smith, Garrett Billings, Matt Beers), or possibly the team was mentally and physically exhausted, the Stealth came out flat against a team with something to play for. This game was over early and the final score was 14-6 for Georgia. Although Vancouver may have been the most inconsistent team this season, there are plenty of positives when this team is healthy including Rhys Duch who scored a career high 111 points.

9) Toronto Rock (5-13): On Saturday, the Toronto Rock played one of their most inspiring games of the season with a lineup very different than what they opened the season with. The Rock lost to Calgary 17-16 in OT. They got 7 goals and 6 assists from Rob Hellyer, who finished the season with franchise tying record of 114 points. Rookie Turner Evans had 4 goals and 5 assists and fellow rookie Kyle Aquin had his first goal in his second NLL game. The Toronto Rock sealed their fate when they lost their first 6 games of the season.They needed to be near perfect to make the playoffs after that start and the combination of injuries plus the surprising seasons from Georgia and New England made the playoffs an impossible uphill climb. Owner GM Jamie Dawick will have a lot of tough decisions to make in the off season to retool this proud franchise.

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