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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
9:00 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
7:30 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
7:30 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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Pack Attack: Black Wolves Overwhelm Knighthawks, 16-13

The New England Black Wolves (6-4) took a big step in the playoff race, defeating the Rochester Knighthawks (6-6) by a score of 16-13 on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Knighthawks fought as hard as they could, but the Black Wolves controlled the pace early on and never let up. With the win, the Black Wolves tie the season series with the Knighthawks at one win apiece, making the race for second place in the East as tight as ever.

“Outside of the win, it was important to play well and I think we did,” said Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark. “I mean we let in a couple of shifty ones at the end, but for the entirety of the game, we were pretty good. It’s important, for us in a sense too because it’s three in a row against Rochester. We’d lost one to them, and to drop two in a row to the same team… It doesn’t define your season, but at some point you’ve got to bounce back.”

“It was a playoff atmosphere here, and they came out with a jump in their step and took it to us early,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “I liked the way we handled it a little bit, sort of clawed our way back into it. At the same time, we had too many passengers for a little too long tonight.”

The game had all the tension and physicality of a playoff game, with numerous bodies hitting the turf on every play right from the first face-off. It was scoreless through the first six minutes of the game due to a powerful New England defense, but Black Wolves forward Shawn Evans broke through with a hockey-like shot right into the bottom of the net. Pat Saunders followed close behind with a long-range bullet right by Knighthawks goalkeeper Matt Vinc to give New England a 2-0 lead after the first quarter.  

“We were just saying how we haven’t been playing well, and our offense is extremely potent,” said Black Wolves defender Brett Manney. “When we come out there and we’re able to limit their opportunities and keep their goals low, it helps our offense and makes it a little more comfortable; you get that cushion. We’re able to gain momentum and build confidence as a defensive unit.”

The Knighthawks’ first goal did not come until just over six minutes into the second quarter. Though the Knighthawks offense picked up some momentum, a goal by Matt Kirk being waved off due to a crease violation in the second quarter put a damper on the momentum shift. The Knighthawks scored four goals in the second quarter to get themselves back in the game, but the Black Wolves scored six goals in the same frame and held an 8-4 lead at halftime.

“I was just making the most out of the opportunity I had,” said Black Wolves goalkeeper Tye Belanger. “The zero was up there for a long time, and I was happy about that, but there were points in that game where that zero could have been up there a little longer.”

“It’s key because goals are premium and traditionally it’s a one-goal lead,” Clark said. “The margins are small and so it may not look like much in the first quarter, but in the entirety of the game. Now, it’s a one-goal game at the end of the game.”

“That’s what this league is all about,” Hasen stated. “It’s the ebbs-and-flows and ups-and-downs about it. It’s all about managing it. We lost our composure at times, but we did claw our way back in during the fourth quarter.”

Defensively, the Knighthawks held the Black Wolves off as much as possible, but open passing lanes proved to be their downfall. Goalkeeper Matt Vinc had a decent outing, making 26 saves on 39 shots on goal, but was replaced by backup Angus Goodleaf just after the fourth quarter began who made 4 saves on 5 shots on goal. Forward Stephen Keough led the way with five goals and two assists, while Joe Walters collected four goals and one assist. Cody Jamieson added one goal and five assists, and Joe Resetarits and Brad Self both had one goal and three assists.

For the Black Wolves, there were a few changes on the defensive end, but that did not seem to effect the team’s overall performance at all. Backup goalkeeper Tye Belanger got his first start of the season and had a fantastic night in the net, making 35 saves on 48 shots on goal and collecting an assist on a Shawn Evans empty-net goal in the fourth quarter. Offensively, Shawn Evans led the way with five goals and six assists, while Pat Saunders added four goals and two assists. Kevin Crowley collected one goal and added a career-high nine assists, and Kyle Buchanan had two goals and four assists. 

“It’s been a while, probably about two years since I actually got my last start,” Belanger admitted. “I was pretty happy that I was able to get the nod tonight and I made the most out of it and got the win. I was in a groove at that point and I was in a good mentality going into the game, so I was in the right mindset.” 

“It’s like a small playoff series in a way,” Manney said. “We’re chasing each other. I know they had a game last week, but for us, it’s three weeks playing Rochester before literally playing the last game of the season. Tensions are going to be high tomorrow because we’re not going to see them for three-to-four weeks, but playing them in their barn is obviously very tough and we’re hoping to play them tough and hopefully come out with another W.”

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Shawn Evans
2) Tye Belanger
3) Kevin Crowley

By Alyssa McLaughlin for NLL.com. Photo by Khoi Ton.

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