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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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Pack Against The Wall: Black Wolves At Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks (11-5) return home to Blue Cross Arena for their final regular season home game when they host the New England Black Wolves (4-10) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch the two teams’ third and final matchup of the season on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada. The teams have split their season series so far, with New England defeating Rochester in Week 2 by a score of 17-7 before Rochester got revenge with a 15-10 win in Week 7.

The Knighthawks are coming off a West Coast weekend road trip, losing to the Colorado Mammoth 11-10 on Friday despite a fourth-quarter comeback and defeating the Vancouver Stealth 13-9 on Saturday.

“It was a tough weekend,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “We were able to play a full 60 minutes against Vancouver. You look at the schedule early and say if you can get a split out of that weekend, we’d be happy. Just the situation we’re in and what those two games meant for us as far as standings-wise, it was a little bit disappointing, but it was a good effort. A good effort after a long weekend of work.”

Last weekend also highlighted the veteran leadership of Rochester and guys stepping up in needed roles, whether it be on the offensive side of the floor or taking care of some of the dirty work.

“There’s a lot of accountability to each other in that locker room,” Hasen said. “Guys count on each other to step up in moments and come through. ‘Paulie’ (Paul Dawson) had a great shot, great transition, and he picked his spot and picked his corner real nice. At the end, ‘Daws’ (Dan Dawson) had to step up and take care of something that was happening throughout the game. When guys do that, guys feed off that. It’s a good morale boost all around for this group…

“That’s one beautiful thing about this group in that locker room. They really don’t care who it is, whoever is hot they’re going to get the ball to and just try to feed off that. Cory [Vitarelli] had a great night in Vancouver. They just kept feeding him and it kept dropping for him. The next night, it’s going to be someone else. They’ll make sure they take care of business and move the ball for them.”

This is the one and only time the Black Wolves come to Rochester this season and New England is clinging to its playoff lives.

“This is going to be a tough one,” Hasen said. “I thought (New England) played extremely well against Toronto last week. We’re going to have our hands full… We’ve got to make sure we take care of our home floor. We need to take care of a team that runs the floor very well and pushes in transition. Then they’ll get settled and get their offensive guys on the floor. They’re going to take shots from wherever at anytime. It’s going to be a big test. We’re going to have to make sure we’re at our best. We still have business to take care of, we’re still looking for first place.”

The loss to Colorado on Friday night means that the Knighthawks need to win out and get help with a Toronto Rock loss to clinch first place in the East Division.

“We still hold a little bit of our destiny in our hands,” Hasen said. “We have to come out with two solid efforts and get some help that last weekend from New England as well.”

Needing a win to stay in the playoff race, New England will make its first trip to Rochester with its season on the line.

“It certainly is a tough barn to play in, for us anyway,” stated Black Wolves head coach Blane Harrison. “I think organizationally these last couple years we haven’t had much luck up there. Personally, I still enjoy going up there. I like the atmosphere; I like the feel of the place. Hopefully, they’ll keep the out-of-town scoreboards off and we can focus on the team that’s across the way from us. If we can focus on that and take care of business, then we give ourselves a chance and keep our fingers crossed.”

“It’s certainly a special and unique place to play,” added Black Wolves defender Brett Manney. “Any time you’re playing defending champs, it’s always a good game, there’s no reason not to get up for it. We’re looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead Saturday night.”

The Black Wolves lost to the Toronto Rock 15-12 this past Friday. As usual, the pack outshot their opponent, but was unable to get enough shots to hit the back of the net. Though the shot production was routine, the lineup had a noticeable change: one of New England’s scratches was 6-foot-4 defender Bill O’Brien. O’Brien started every single game before the pack faced the Rock, but the decision to scratch him was a culmination of different elements.

“He’s been playing very well, and he’s still a rookie,” said Harrison. “We had someone who had sat out who wanted to get back in the lineup, which we thought was a better matchup to the way Toronto plays. It was more a combination of a couple things. We’re certainly not down on Bill, and we fully expect him back in the lineup this weekend.”

With just four games left this season, the Black Wolves have no more room for error. Though they are not technically eliminated from playoff contention, their hopes of taking the third and final playoff spot depend on whether or not they can make a run for the postseason. That run would need to start with Rochester on Saturday night. However, without the possibility of a midweek practice, the team is focusing on being ready mentally.

“Quite honestly, we’re an interesting team,” noted Harrison. “We’re not afforded the luxury of a midweek practice to iron some things out and to work on some of the nuances of the game. I’m not belly-aching at this point, it is what it is. We really do focus midweek on a lot of video conference calls that kind of thing, and our focus is trying to eliminate some of the mistakes that we seem to constantly make.”

“I suspect everyone in the league feels the same way, but I really feel for us, it’s a key component of our success,” Harrison said. “Admittedly, we haven’t had much of it this year from a record perspective. But I have liked the compete level. We have split with a very good Rochester team, we have had some really good luck with a very solid Buffalo team, and we’ve played Toronto tough and lost by a total of four goals over two games. I think when we kind of bear down and limit our mental mistakes, I think we can be a tough team to compete against.”

Story by Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) & Alyssa McLaughlin (@BlackWolvesBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Khoi Ton.

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