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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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Rochester & Buffalo Rivarly Heats Up Saturday December 23

The Rochester Knighthawks (1-0) open up the 2017-18 edition of the Thruway Rivalry on Saturday December 23rd when they welcome the Buffalo Bandits (1-0) to the Blue Cross Arena at 7:30 pm ET. The Knighthawks return to action after a bye week following their home opener 17-6 over the Calgary Roughnecks. Meanwhile, the Bandits downed the Toronto Rock in their home opener 13-9.

 

This marks the first time the two teams meet in arguably the best rivalry in the NLL. While the fans and players alike always make these games fiery, this year might up the ante for a number of reasons. Both teams missed the playoffs last season, with the Bandits getting the first overall pick in the 2017 NLL Draft and Rochester right behind with the second pick. Both teams want to get back to the playoffs where they feel they belong and whoever gets to 2-0 after the final horn on Saturday gets an early leg up for that.

 

Yet even more immediate is that Billy Dee Smith, 15-year NLL veteran who played his entire career with the Bandits, will suit up for the first time in his career against his former team. Rochester took little time in adding Smith to their defensive corps, which was an easy decision for Smith.

 

“They definitely welcomed me with open arms,” said Smith after his first game in the purple and teal. “I’ve been battling with the guys it seems nine weeks now. So the first time was a little nerve-wracking, you know. Coming out here was a little easier than I would have expected. Ultimately, I’ve been battling against these guys for 15 years before joining the team. It’s one of those things, you play hard enough against somebody, you get mutual respect.

 

I’ve got a lot of friends on that team, on my team, so it was an easy decision to decide to come here. Vno being one of my best friends since we were kids. Cody (Jamieson) and Sid (Smith), my little brothers, been playing with them in Six Nations since they were down in Juniors.”

 

“Let’s just say I’m glad he’s on my side now,” said Joe Resetarits after the opener, who played with Smith as a Bandit before joining Rochester before the trade deadline in 2015. “Glad he’s put on the teal and purple now. But his presence, he’s been the scariest guy in the NLL ever since he’s been in here. Now the fact he came over here, and as you see tonight, he was a difference maker. He’s been the best defenseman in the world, and it showed tonight, even as his age goes on, he still gets better and better. Adding him, a guy like that with his leadership, he’s won championships. Adding that presence back there, that’s a confidence-booster for everybody.

 

For Resetarits, playing against the team he grew up rooting for is always a treat. Yet this game could be different for him as he could notch his 100th NLL goal against the Bandits.

 

“It’d feel good,” Resetarits said. “I honestly didn’t know it was that close until someone brought it up. It’d be good. It’s a bitter rivalry between the two teams, and any time you get to contribute against such a good team. It’ll be in my mind, obviously, but as long as we get that win at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. That’s a divisional game. We get these wins early, it’ll pay dividends at the end of the year.”

 

Adding Smith was not the only boost the Knighthawks received in their season opener. The return of 2014 NLL Most Valuable Player Cody Jamieson transformed the league’s worst offense from 2017. The lack of scoring (175 goals) was arguably the biggest reason Rochester missed the playoffs, and Jammer’s absence was unquestionably the biggest reason for the offensive struggles. With his return, the offense exploded for 17 goals, better than any game during 2017.

 

As for Buffalo, new goalie Alex Buque held the Rock to nine goals on 64 shots. They will depend on him to halt a suddenly-potent Rochester offense led by Dan Dawson who posted six points (3 + 3) during the season opener. However, Buque was quick to deflect praise following his Bandits debut.

 

“I have a great set of guys out there, a tough defense. They blocked shots for me when I needed it and they were able to pick some passes off and go the other way. We looked fast,” said Buque to NLL.com after Buffalo’s season opener. “I was able to see the ball all the way through, the team helped me see the ball.”

 

The Bandits defense not only helped out Buque when it came to keeping the ball out of Buffalo’s net but was able to help by putting the ball in the back of the Rock’s net. Nick Weiss put in two goals and Mark Steenhuis playing out the back door scored once as well.

 

Rochester will have to watch for that after surrendering goals to Roughnecks defenders and transition players in the opener. Without Matt Vinc’s stellar night in net (40 saves on 46 shots), Calgary could have notched even more goals in transition after generating a number of breakaways and odd-man chances.

 

This first matchup between the two bitter rivals, as Resetarits rightfully described them, comes so early in the season that neither team can be 100-percent sure how either team is going to perform. Yet when the Knighthawks welcome Buffalo to the Blue Cross Arena, it is always a show.

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