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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
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 The Hive: Black Wolves Visit Swarm

Both teams will look to get back on track when the New England Black Wolves (2-5) visit the Minnesota Swarm (3-5) at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. The matchup will be a key battle in the standings as the Swarm sit half a game in front of the Black Wolves in the East Division. Watch the game live on UniversalSports.com in the U.S. and on TSN GO in Canada.

For the Swarm, the contest on Saturday will be the first of a doubleheader weekend. The team’s previous home game was last month against the Rock and showed an uncharacteristically poor performance by the Minnesota team. This is something they have no plan of repeating.

“We typically play well at home, our last performance we didn’t perform the way we usually do,” said Swarm assistant coach Aime Caines. “I know that’s on the mind as the players and the coaching staff; to really put a good performance out in front of our fans.”

Minnesota allowed 21 goals in its most recent game at Vancouver and would like to keep that performance in the past. Coming off a bye week, the Swarm have been preparing to enter the second half of the season with a renewed sense of focus and determination to get the job done.

“It’s definitely a fresh start for us, being at home and having that comfort zone for our players,” Caines said. “We’ve been banged up so the break was good for us. I think we had to refocus. We had a good practice on the weekend and really fine-tuned some things up.”

Second-year forward Logan Schuss was a high performer in their last contest with eight points (3+5) and can be expected to be a prominent factor this weekend. Forward Shayne Jackson leads the team in goals with 15 and assistant captain Callum Crawford has the most assists of the team, with his 21 on the season. Forward Miles Thompson won February NLL Rookie of the Month and has 31 points this season (13+18). Thompson is the famed rookie out of Onondaga Nation, but his success and the team’s success need to work hand-in-hand.

“For us, it’s a committee offense. When our whole offense is playing good, Miles is going to play good. If our offense is struggling, Miles is going to struggle,” Caines said. “To get him going is to get our whole offense going.”

Every pair of Swarm eyes is set on New England this Saturday night. The defense will need to step up, the transition will need to be a step ahead, and the offense will need to be unstoppable.

“It’s important to focus on one game at a time,” said Swarm defenseman Mitch Belisle. “We’ve really got to focus on the first game and getting in the groove and playing well and getting a win.”

The Swarm have recently tagged its home crowd as the “seventh man” on the team because of the advantage they get from being in front of so many energetic fans. Minnesota is going into Saturday night in the hopes of giving their deserving crowd what they want – a big win.

“It is a hard place to play for opposing teams and if we can get the crowd into it and get that energy, it’s going to help with the outcome of the game,” Caines said. “We’re going to have a lot of energy for this weekend and I know the guys are really looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, the Black Wolves have not played since losing to the Colorado Mammoth back on February 22 in Week 8. The pack is riding a five-game losing streak and the extra time off is not something the team needed according to head coach Blane Harrison.

“It’s a little frustrating,” Harrison said. “It’s going to be our first game in three weeks. It’s hard to build on the successes that you have and your perspective about the score. We’ve strived to do a lot around the off weeks to stay focused, and focus solely on Minnesota this weekend.”

“It’s not due to lack of talent, it’s about being mentally prepared,” added Black Wolves forward Kevin Crowley. “We knew coming into the season that we were a younger team. We had a good week of practice, and we’re excited to right the ship and end this losing streak.”

During the five-game skid, the Black Wolves have fallen behind early in every game. The early deficits are easy enough to overcome, but the pack has not been able capitalize and finish the game. The closest the team has come to getting back in the win column came in losses to the Toronto Rock and Colorado Mammoth.

“The guys are staying positive,” noted Crowley. “We know a lot of those close games we had we shot ourselves in the foot. So to say, some mental errors are correctable.”

With an average of just over twelve goals a game, the pack’s adjustments lie not in scoring more, but keeping the other team from scoring. Though Mike McNamara and Bill O’Brien have been helping to build a strong defense, the Black Wolves are struggling to defend in transition, while goaltending is up in the air.

“Our offense isn’t the thing that keeps me up at night,” said Harrison. “I focus more on the defense and the goaltending. If we can mitigate some of those mental errors that we’re committing then, I don’t want to get into the would-of, could-of, should-of game, but there’s a lot of goals that we give up that we basically give up versus the opposing teams really executing it. We clean that up, we get our defense and back-end in good order.”

There is still a long, hard schedule ahead for the Black Wolves and with the announcement that rookie sensation Quinn Powless is out for the rest of the season, the pack is regrouping and making some major changes. With a record of below .500, the pack is looking on the positive side and adjusting where necessary.

“We’re 2-5, but there’s a lot of teams that are something and 5,” noted Harrison. “We don’t really feel like we’re out of it. There’s a lot of lacrosse ahead of us, and this weekend is our first step in that rebirth. Quinn leaving was a bit of a blow because of what he did unselfishly without the ball. He created a lot of room on the right side, but when a door closes, a window opens. Brett Bucktooth coming back and all of a sudden he’s contributing on offense and kind of taking a little bit of the role that Quinn had.”

This is the second meeting between the Swarm and Black Wolves this season. Back on January 24th, Minnesota won 19-13 and started the losing streak that the Black Wolves are looking to finally bring to an end. However, beating Minnesota and ending the losing streak is not going to be an easy task for the Black Wolves.

“Minnesota is a dangerous team for us,” stated Harrison. “They’ve very explosive if you let them be explosive. We’ve got to do what we can to limit that exposure to what they like to do. We think we started to address that last weekend.”

The matchup between the New England Black Wolves and Minnesota Swarm is more than just a rematch. With the battle for the East Division continuing to heat up, the winner of this game could really help its chances to get back in the fight.

Story by Maria Jollie (@SwarmBeat) & Alyssa McLaughlin (@BlackWolvesBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Khoi Ton.

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