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Fri, Dec 2
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Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
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16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
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6
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18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
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Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
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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
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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
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Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
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San Diego
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19:00:00
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20:00:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
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Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
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19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
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20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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19:30:00
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Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
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21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
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22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Rock set to battle surging Knighthawks in final regular-season home game

Toronto sits 1 game back of playoff spot with 3 games to go

With three games left in the season, the East Division standings could not be closer.

And in terms of playoff position, the stakes could not be higher.

Friday night will certainly feel like a playoff game when the Rochester Knighthawks (8-7) travel north of the border to battle the Toronto Rock (7-8) at the Air Canada Centre on April 13.

In fact, the standings are so close that all five teams in the East are all within one game of each other. The Knighthawks sit in a three-way tie for first with the Buffalo Bandits and the Georgia Swarm while the Rock and the New England Black Wolves find themselves on the outside, just one game back.

“I don’t think it’s been this close in a while,” Rock coach Matt Sawyer said to NLL.com. “I think it speaks volumes about the quality of teams in the east and the competition that there is. Each and every night, any team can beat any team. There are no easy games. It’s a good rivalry. It’s intense. To be honest, that’s the way it should be.”

This will be the third and final regular-season meeting between the two rivals. The Rock took the first two games winning 17-9 at home on Jan. 12 and 12-9 in Rochester on Feb. 10.

“The Rock are very dynamic,” Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen said to NLL.com. “They love to push the ball. Once Rosey [Toronto goalie Nick Rose] makes a save, they are pushing the ball. That has not changed on their part and they have been doing that well all year long. The group that they have, any one of their forwards can go off on any night. They are dangerous. We need to focus on our game plan to keep them in check.”

Trending in opposite directions

In their last meeting on Feb. 10, the Rock and Knighthawks left the Blue Cross Arena trending in opposite directions at the midway point of the season.

Toronto held a 5-3 record and was battling for the top spot in the division. Meanwhile, Rochester sported a lowly 2-6 mark and the thought of a playoff berth was slipping away.

Much has changed since then.

The direction of the Rock’s season took an unexpected twist in that road win over Rochester. Star forward and leading scorer at the time Tom Schreiber left the game in the fourth quarter after colliding with two Rochester defenders. He was diagnosed with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and has missed the last seven games.

“The timeline was six-to-eight weeks,” Sawyer said about Schreiber’s potential return on Friday. “Tom really wants to be out there and he really wants to be playing. Over the last few weeks, we really felt and he really felt that he was getting close. We are right around that eight-week mark. Everything is progressing well. But we won’t know until we practise on Thursday night. We will go from there.”

Since Schreiber’s injury, the Rock have posted just a 2-5 record and the offense has been producing at a considerably slower pace. In the first eight games of the season, Toronto averaged an impressive 15 goals per game with Schreiber in the lineup. However, the Rock’s goal scoring has dropped off over the last 7 games, averaging more than 4 fewer goals per game (10.71) with the 26-year-old star watching from the sideline.

Rochester’s remarkable turnaround

While the Rock have struggled over the last 7 games, the Knighthawks are playing their best lacrosse of the season with an impressive 6-1 stretch since the team’s last meeting with Toronto in February.

The Knighthawks have outscored opponents 103-79 over the seven-game stretch, including recent wins over the West-Division leading Saskatchewan Rush and the second-place Colorado Mammoth.

“The biggest change is the confidence,” Hasen said about his team’s recent surge. “We haven’t changed our game plan too much. We are not doing anything different. Shots have started to drop for us. That is a credit to our guys and sticking to our plan.”

Friday’s game is a 7:30 p.m. ET start and it is the Rock’s final home game of the season. Toronto will try and lock in a playoff spot on the road taking on the Bandits (April 21) and the Mammoth (April 28) in the final two weeks of the season.

The Knighthawks will finish their season with a pair of East Division matchups against New England and Buffalo.

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