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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
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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
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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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
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Return To The Lec: Knighthawks At Stealth

After their comeback in Denver came up just short on Friday, the Rochester Knighthawks (10-5) continue the team’s West Coast weekend by taking on the Vancouver Stealth (5-10) at Langley Events Centre on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Watch the game on NLL LIVE in the US and TSN GO in Canada.

The Stealth are competing with the Calgary Roughnecks (5-11) for the third and final playoff spot in the West Division, while the Knighthawks are eyeing the top spot in the East in a race against the Toronto Rock (13-4), who can clinch the East with a Rochester loss.

“They’re fighting for what they need to get to,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “We’re striving for first place. We control that part of it and what we do is going to affect that. That’s in the back of our minds for extra motivation as well.”

A back-to-back on the West Coast could be a daunting task but it does not scare the Knighthawks, who played at Colorado on Friday before heading to B.C. and dropped a tight 11-10 contest despite a strong fourth quarter comeback.

“We’re a veteran team so it’s not like this is going to be new to our dressing room or to anyone in the league,” said Knighthawks forward Dan Dawson. “So you can understand the situation as you’ve been given it. We’re going to do our best to make the best of it. We understand that the travel is not ideal in our league by any means, but everyone goes through it. It’s something every team faces.”

Even with the travel difficulties, there are positives to playing two games in a row for a dressing room.

“You get to spend a lot more time together,” Dawson said. “Having said that, we’ve been pretty blessed to be able to play with each other for the last couple of years with close to the same roster. Not only that, we have Wednesday night practices during the week. We know each other very well. But when you get to pull your family together for a weekend like this, starting on Thursday at the airport and not getting home until Sunday, it’s something really special. Those are the things you are going to remember when you’re done playing.

“They’re fun, especially when you have the young guys who maybe haven’t been to the West Coast before. You understand the opportunity that is in front of you too. But it’s important you enjoy these moments in the league because you don’t know how long you are going to be around for and understand the opportunity as well.”

With a playoff spot locked up and the Knighthawks pursuing a fourth-straight Champion’s Cup, Dawson shed some light on what the mentality in the organization has been.

“As far as an organization, our mentality seems the same year in and year out,” Dawson said. “You want to pride yourself on the things that you can control and that’s your dressing room. That’s been our motto all year. For us, we’ve been priding ourselves on getting better every single week and not being complacent. We hold ourselves to a high regard and by no means are we ever complacent. So we’re going to work as hard as we can and control what we can control.”

Should the Vancouver Stealth spot the Rochester Knighthawks a couple goal lead when the two teams clash in Week 16?

The numbers indicate perhaps they should. In four of the Stealth’s five victories this season, they have fallen behind in the first quarter by multiple goals before rallying for victory. Conversely, in eight of Vancouver’s 10 defeats, they have taken an early lead — usually by a couple of goals — before falling in the end.

The Stealth managed to snap a six-game losing streak, erasing a 2-0 deficit to beat the New England Black Wolves on the road Sunday afternoon. And Vancouver will look to make it two victories in a row when they host the three-time defending National Lacrosse League champs.

It is the Knighthawks first visit to Langley since they captured the 2013 Champion’s Cup against the Stealth.

As for the strategy of purposely falling behind, Stealth defender Bradley Kri doesn’t put much stock into it.

“I would say it is coincidence,” he said. “It is definitely important to get a lead at the start of the game.”

What the team should be focusing on is playing a full 60 minutes, he said.

“I am not sure we have even played a full 60 this year,” Kri said. “If we can do that, I think we can be pretty effective.”

Vancouver head coach Dan Perreault said it is a matter of consistency.

“When you have a lead, you have to protect it,” he said. “There are so many goal scorers in this league and so many runs, when you are not consistent, that is when you let leads slide.”

The Stealth are catching Rochester on the back-end of two games in two nights as the Knighthawks are in Denver the night before.

But Rochester is on an impressive run with three straight victories, surrendering just 14 goals in that span, including a combined seven in the past two. Kri knows the Stealth will be in tough.

“All we can do is prepare the best we can … with a lot of film and a lot of practice,” he said. “We are going to play desperate.”

The Stealth will look to use a balanced attack — all of their forwards scored in their last game — against a Knighthawks team which has allowed a league-low 134 goals.

Joel McCready will be facing his old team for the first time. And he enters the game on a roll after scoring a hat trick in the win over the Black Wolves. The right-hander has thrived in an expanded role, registering a career-high 25 goals and 44 points in 15 games. The point total matches his numbers in 25 games in 2013 and 2014.

The Stealth will be without Rory Smith, who is serving the second game of his two-game suspension. Perreault also said that both transition player Tyler Garrison and goaltender Tyler Richards are getting really close to making a return and could potentially be available this weekend.

Saturday’s game marks the first return of the Knighthawks to Langley Events Centre since the team’s down-to-the-wire win over the Stealth in the 2013 NLL Champion’s Cup Finals.

Story by Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) & Gary Ahuja (@VanStealthBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Larry Palumbo.

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