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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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Rock Looking to Avenge Week 2 Loss in Alterna Cup Matchup

Challen Rogers thinks his Toronto Rock are up to the challenge of getting on a roll.

The 2-2 Rock have been on an up-and-down rollercoaster this season, with an opening win followed by a loss followed by a win followed by a loss. Toronto’s only real consistency so far has been its slow starts.

But Rock captain Rogers is confident his squad can turn it on, turn it up and turn it around against the visiting Halifax Thunderbirds on Saturday night at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton ON. The East Division matchup and all-Canadian Alterna Cup tilt is also the Sports Interaction Game of the Week on TSN (7 pm ET/TSN2).

“It comes down to focus,” says Rogers. “We’re a team that when we have confidence, we’re a tough team to stop. And confidence comes from preparation. It boils down to starting on time, being engaged with every shift and playing freely.”

The Rock are chasing the 2-0 Thunderbirds in both the NLL Eastern Conference and Alterna Cup standings. The two teams met earlier this season on Dec. 10, a 11-7 Halifax home win in which the Thunderbirds jumped out to a 6-1 lead by halftime and 7-1 early in the third quarter. As it sits, Toronto is at the bottom of the charts at 0-1 in Alterna Cup matchups whereas the Thunderbirds are leading at 2-0.

“We had a slow start, and when we score minimal goals in the first half it can be deflating,” says Rogers, the two-time reigning NLL Transition Player of the Year (4 goals, 5 assists this season). “Mistakes happen in this sport all the time. It’s about minimizing those self-inflicted mistakes and finishing our opportunities. We need to give ourselves the best opportunity to win.”

Toronto lost 12-6 last week at Buffalo in another rough-and-tumble chapter of that historic rivalry. But familiarity breeds contempt, and Rogers foresees a similar Bandits-type rivalry with Halifax.

“The rivalry between Buffalo and Toronto stems from decades of battles,” says Rogers. “What creates a rivalry are two teams that have a history of hard-fought and close games.”

“I certainly think that there is a rivalry brewing with the Thunderbirds. Halifax has to be at the top of our list. Every game we always seem to have tight battles with them, and we’ve been neck and neck with them in the standings. With both our aspirations to win the East and win a NLL championship, I think that the games will only be more intense and certainly spark a rivalry.”

The Rock will get a boost from the return to the lineup of veteran scorers Dan Dawson (3 goals, 6 assists in three games this season; Saturday will mark his 300th career game) and Tom Schreiber (8 goals, 2 assists in two games) but will be missing forward Reid Reinholdt (5 goals, 9 assists) and defender Brandon Slade, both out with lower body injuries.

The Thunderbirds, meanwhile, expect captain Cody Jamieson to make his season debut on Saturday, returning to the lineup from injury, but is a gametime decision.

Against Halifax on Saturday, Toronto will be simultaneously trying to slow down Thunderbirds forward Clarke Petterson (6-goal sock trick, 1 assist in Dec. 10 game versus the Rock) while getting to goalie Warren Hill (45 saves on Dec. 10). Halifax has not played since that game against Toronto, or any road games yet this season, due to pandemic-related postponements.

“Hill played very well last time,” says Rogers. “We’re looking to get some by him early and build momentum.”

Thunderbirds netminder Hill has an 8.40 goals-against average and .824 save percentage in two games this season while his Rock counterpart Nick Rose is 10.25 and .776 in four games.

And while Toronto tries to claw its way up the Eastern Conference standings with a win against Halifax on Saturday, the all-Canadian Alterna Cup competition is also in the back of Rogers’ mind.

“Any chance you’re able to put yourself at the top of the Canadian leaderboard, it feels good,” says Rogers, from Coquitlam BC. “We want to be the best and if we’re at the top of the Alterna Cup standings, we’re on the right path.”

Saturday’s game will be be broadcast nationally in Canada on TSN as the Sports Interaction Game of the Week.

“The nationally televised games help our sport grow and give young lacrosse players around Canada a vision and a potential dream,” says Rogers. “Exposure is what the sport of lacrosse needs. And with the best sports network in the country televising NLL games, it can only help the sport grow and get more eyes on the sport.”

Due to current government COVID restrictions there will be no fans in attendance at FirstOntario Centre on Saturday, which makes the TV and digital coverage even more important.

“For all our fans not being able to attend the game, they will still have the opportunity to watch us from home and be able to cheer us on,” says Rogers.

The Toronto Rock have one of the most loyal fan bases and were off to a 2-0 start this season in front of the Rock faithful.

“I certainly think it’ll be different not playing in front of the best fans in the league, but it gives us more incentive to win for those that aren’t there,” says Rogers. “We know the energy that they bring every night propels us, but we’re going to have to find that energy from within.”

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