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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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Reclaim Glory: Rock At Knighthawks Tonight For Game 1

The Rochester Knighthawks welcome the NLL’s top-seeded team in the Toronto Rock to Blue Cross Arena for Game 1 of the East Division Finals on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch live on TSN4 & TSN GO (Canada) and ESPN3 (U.S.) along with MSG (DIRECTV 634 & Verizon FiOS 577), NESNplus (DIRECTV 628-1 & Dish 5434), Altitude (DIRECTV 681 & Dish 413) & ASN (Asia). Viewers outside North America and Asia can watch by clicking here.

Last Friday, the three-time defending champion Knighthawks defeated the Buffalo Bandits 14-11 at home to secure their spot in the next round of the NLL Playoffs against the Rock.

“It was one of those typical Buffalo-Rochester battles right from the get-go,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “When they did get close, our guys stepped up and had an answer right away to widen that gap a little bit. The final five minutes, our defense stepped up and shut them down which was great to see.”

Rochester goes from hosting one rival to the next with Toronto headed to town. The Knighthawks know that they’ll have the “7th Man” and the Sea of Teal behind them the entire game.

“The plan was to take care of business,” said Knighthawks defenseman Mike Kirk about the East Semi win. “Celebrate quickly and turn all of our focus on to Toronto. That’s what we’ve done this past week and try to get ready. They’re a veteran team. They’ve won a lot of big games so we have our hands full coming up this weekend with them.”

“For us, it’s the best place to play,” Hasen said. “The fans are there loud and proud for us. It’s also a comfort level. To have two weeks where we’re back home playing two tough games, hopefully it’ll help us out a little bit here.”

A big part of the Knighthawks’ victory over the Bandits was the ability of the defense to get into shooting and passing lanes to slow down a red-hot offense. That will need to continue against the Rock on Saturday night for a Rochester victory.

“That’s our plan,” Kirk said. “Our plan is to get in as many lanes as possible, knock down as many shots as possible. Let ‘Vno’ (Matt Vinc) see the ball. But I think last game, our offense took over and we fed off that. They were able to get some timely goals for us, and after Buffalo scored first, we were able to settle in. That’s what we’re going to have to do this weekend against Toronto. They’ve a very dangerous offense now with Colin [Doyle] back and [Rob] Hellyer back. [Brett] Hickey can’t miss. They’ve got a very veteran group up there, so we’re going to have to do our best these next two games to get in front of as many shots as we can.”

“They’re veteran guys that understand what it takes,” Hasen said about the Toronto offense. “They’re just going to make it a lot tougher on us to do what we do. Every time they’ve got guys on the offensive side of the ball, they’re dynamite. They push the ball well in transition… We’ll have our hands full to say the least. We’ve just got to be prepared and ready to go for a full 60.”

A strong start can make all the difference especially in the playoffs and twice as much so when a team is at home.

“You want to get the first one in,” Hasen said. “You want to try and ride that momentum, ride the wave of your fans… When our fans are cheering loud for us, we feed off that. We get them in the game nice and early and keep them there, we’ll see where it goes from there.”

While four teams saddled up for the single-elimination round last weekend, the Rock took to the sidelines and keenly awaited the result of the East Semifinal game.

The opponent was decided and the match was set. The final obstacle standing the way of the Rock’s first Champion’s Cup Finals berth since 2011 is perhaps their most challenging adversary. Rochester snagged two of three games against Toronto this season, an effort not matched by any other team.

“They’re good because they are well-coached, they have a veteran group,” said Rock head coach John Lovell. “They have one of the best goaltenders in the league. There are not too many areas of their game that’s weak and they don’t do anything to beat themselves.”

Toronto met Rochester in their season opener and came away with a hard-fought 13-12 victory. The win started what eventually became a 3-0 run to start the 2015 campaign, a big surprise to many considering the harsh luck of losing Colin Doyle and Garrett Billings to injury. With a dab of poetic justice, Rochester stopped Toronto’s run, handing them their only loss over the first nine weeks of the NLL season. In the teams’ final meeting in Week 14, Rochester manned up on defense and earned a 11-7 decision.

“We had three good games with them this year, they won two of them,” said Lovell, who as the Rock’s coach will have his second crack at a playoff run. “We beat them in their building and we played another good game in their building.”

“In our building, we chased them a little bit. They are not a team you can chase, you have to go with them blow-for-blow,” he said.

Nevertheless, Toronto now boasts a completely healthy lineup heading into Saturday night’s matchup. Colin Doyle (rotator cuff) and Rob Hellyer (upper-body) each made their long-awaited returns to the Rock lineup against the New England Blackwolves two weeks ago. The two combined for a very modest nine points, but a level fairness must be acknowledged. The two also combined for 21 man-games missed.

“Colin has been a great player in the league for many years, there’s no question about his leadership,” said Lovell. “It was good to get a game under his belt against New England.”

“Rob Hellyer was having an outstanding season before he went down, he’s 100 percent healthy now and he’s ready to go,” said Lovell.

Not to be forgotten is Toronto’s finely tuned-defense and transition, a successful system completed by committee. Perhaps the Rock’s most sparkling standout however is veteran Brodie Merrill (151 loose balls), who is sure to enter the 2015 playoffs with added motivation. The 11-year veteran has yet to hoist the Champion’s Cup.

“This is where we want to be and it’s a great opportunity for us,” Merrill said. “We worked pretty hard to be in this position.”

By Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) & Justin Millerson (@RockBeatToronto) for NLL.com. Photo by Micheline Veluvolu.

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