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BUF at TOR - Sat. 7pm ET Schedule

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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
FINAL
Las Vegas
11
Panther City
13
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
12
San Diego
13
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Toronto
7
Rochester
11
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Vancouver
9
Calgary
11
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
5
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Panther City
9
Las Vegas
3
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Buffalo
11
Toronto
8
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Rochester
14
Albany
13
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Philadelphia
13
Georgia
12
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Halifax
20
New York
11
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Colorado
12
Panther City
9
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
Halifax
13
Buffalo
18
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
San Diego
17
Calgary
14
Sat, Dec 31
FINAL
Panther City
9
Saskatchewan
11
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
FINAL
Philadelphia
14
Las Vegas
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Panther City
9
Rochester
17
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Halifax
14
Albany
11
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Buffalo
18
Georgia
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Toronto
15
New York
7
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Calgary
8
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Vancouver
11
San Diego
16
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Albany
11
Halifax
10
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
10
Colorado
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Halifax
8
Toronto
17
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Panther City
12
Philadelphia
10
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Georgia
9
Buffalo
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
San Diego
10
Calgary
14
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Las Vegas
16
Vancouver
19
Sun, Jan 15
FINAL
Rochester
11
New York
8
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Buffalo
12
Rochester
15
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
15
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
Toronto
14
Philadelphia
5
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
New York
16
Albany
10
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Rochester
7
Halifax
17
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Buffalo
13
Philadelphia
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Buffalo
16
New York
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Las Vegas
10
Saskatchewan
15
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL/OT
Toronto
11
Calgary
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
San Diego
13
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Panther City
20
Vancouver
7
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
FINAL
Georgia
10
Colorado
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL/OT
Calgary
12
Halifax
11
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
New York
14
Toronto
22
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Albany
5
Philadelphia
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Rochester
10
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Panther City
10
San Diego
12
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
14
Vancouver
8
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Colorado
8
Las Vegas
13
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Toronto
11
Georgia
10
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
13
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Halifax
14
Rochester
16
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Albany
12
New York
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Vancouver
13
Panther City
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Colorado
9
Calgary
13
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
9
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
16
San Diego
11
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Georgia
7
Toronto
16
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
Albany
10
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
12
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Colorado
7
Panther City
13
Sun, Feb 19
FINAL
New York
12
Halifax
13
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Panther City
12
Colorado
14
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Calgary
9
Las Vegas
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL/OT
New York
10
Rochester
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Albany
4
Georgia
20
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Vancouver
16
Saskatchewan
12
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
FINAL
Buffalo
10
Halifax
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
New York
12
Philadelphia
19
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
San Diego
15
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Rochester
8
Toronto
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL/OT
Georgia
9
Albany
8
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
10
Panther City
16
Mon, Mar 6
FINAL
Toronto
10
Philadelphia
11
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL/OT
Halifax
9
Buffalo
10
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL
Calgary
16
Colorado
10
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Albany
6
Toronto
12
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Philadelphia
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
San Diego
12
Saskatchewan
11
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
5
Sun, Mar 12
FINAL
Rochester
19
Georgia
18
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
11
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
San Diego
16
Vancouver
9
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Georgia
13
Philadelphia
12
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Toronto
12
Halifax
14
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Albany
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Colorado
13
Buffalo
8
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
8
Panther City
11
Sun, Mar 19
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
9
Rochester
8
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
FINAL
San Diego
17
Panther City
9
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Toronto
11
Albany
9
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Halifax
14
Philadelphia
10
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Georgia
13
New York
8
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Calgary
14
Saskatchewan
6
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL/OT
Buffalo
7
San Diego
6
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Colorado
12
Vancouver
14
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Rochester
7
Las Vegas
12
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
19:00:00
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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