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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
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
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
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
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 Is Back: Knighthawks Revisit Black Wolves

The New England Black Wolves (2-2) host the Rochester Knighthawks (3-3) for the second time this season at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. The Black Wolves look to end a two-game skid after starting the season with dominant wins over the Buffalo Bandits and Knighthawks. Catch the game live on WatchESPN in the U.S. and TSN.ca in Canada.

“We came out with two strong games,” said Black Wolves forward Jamie Lincoln. “We got back to the basics. We want to be a blue collar team, play tough, grind out wins, do whatever we have to do. The last two games we didn’t put 60 minutes together and that’s what you have to do in this league.”

In their first game against the Knighthawks, the Black Wolves dominated the entire game, winning with a score of 17-7. New England forward Kevin Crowley was a major force for the offense, leading the team with six goals and four assists in the win. Crowley is the team leader with 11 goals and 13 assists, and the Black Wolves’ offense may look to him to lead the way in Sunday’s rematch. However, the team on the floor may be a bit different than anyone has seen so far as injuries continue to plague the Black Wolves.

“We’ve been hit by the injury bug a little bit,” said Black Wolves assistant general manager Rich Lisk. “We’re a little banged up, so the bye week gives some of those guys a chance to recover a little bit more and regroup.”

The Black Wolves are returning to action after a long bye week once again. After their first bye week, the Wolves struggled offensively and defensively, losing to Minnesota at home and losing to Edmonton on the road. However, they used this bye week to get back to basics and focus on overall goals moving toward Sunday’s rematch with the Knighthawks.

“We went back to Toronto and had a good two days of practice, to refocus and get some things done,” Lisk said. “We started off pretty quickly and faltered a little bit. I think the bye week helped us to regroup and get back to what got us there the first two games.”

Going into Sunday’s game, the Black Wolves are looking to readjust their game and fix the mistakes they have made of late. With injuries plaguing key players in the roster, that is not going to be an easy task.

“You have to make sure you cover the floor and cut off transition; we’ve been focusing a lot on that,” noted Lincoln. “We just have to put all the pieces together for a full game.”

As the fight for the East Division continues, the Black Wolves have a chance to get back into the fight. It’s not going to be easy though, as the Knighthawks are three-time defending NLL champions for a reason.

“This is going to be a very tough game,” Lisk said. “We know they’re the best in the league. They’re the champs, they have been for three years in a row. They’re the standard that we hold ourselves to. We feel it’s going to be a good game and we’re looking forward to it.”

For the Knighthawks, it will be a short turnaround after defeating the Bandits 15-10 in Buffalo on Saturday night. The team quickly got on the road it to Connecticut for a rematch with the Black Wolves on Sunday.

“The last time we were there, they took it to us and they took it to us very, very good,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “It’s never an easy place to get to, but we’ll get there and we’ll be focused and we’ll be ready.”

“This game will be in the back of the mind Saturday night when we play Buffalo,” said Knighthawks defenseman Mike Kirk. “They beat us in every facet of the game last time we played down there. Loose balls, faceoffs, just those little things. I think that’s where we have to be better in order to compete with these guys on Sunday afternoon.”

The quick turnaround is something all teams in the NLL have to deal with during the regular season and the Knighthawks are well aware of the challenges it presents on Sunday. However, with challenges come opportunities as well.

“In this league, the back-to-backs are going to take that toll on the body,” Kirk said. “It’s a rough game and you’re going to be travelling the day after, so I think that’s where you’re going to feel it. After the first five minutes of the game, you’ll forget about the game you played the day before and you’ll be totally invested in that next one. But these are the games you want to play. You’re with your team for three days, you’re on the road, you’re bonding. You’ve got lots of lacrosse. You can’t ask for more than that.”

“You play Saturday night against Buffalo and you get to look and refocus right away and get back on the floor the next night against New England,” Hasen said. “It gives the guys a good opportunity to get a better feel and keep that mojo working the next night.”

The team’s biggest offseason addition, forward Jordan Hall, does not get to practice midweek with the Knighthawks, so getting that much playing time in a weekend will definitely help bring the offense together as a unit. Even with that lack of practice, Hall has left his mark so far with 14 points (6+8) during his homecoming to the Rochester franchise where he experienced success early in his career.

With Rochester two games back of the East Division lead heading into the weekend, the back-to-back against divisional opponents does offer a good chance for the Knighthawks to climb right back into the thick of the race. However, the focus for Rochester is on improving play, not the playoff picture right now.

“You worry about wins and losses, but our mindset going into every game is just making sure that we’re better than the last time we were on the floor,” Hasen said. “Results come from that hard work and doing things right. Each and every day, that’s our focus. And what happens, happens.”

By Alyssa McLaughlin (@BlackWolvesBeat) and Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Larry Palumbo.

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