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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Rock Trounce Bandits In Early Season Rematch

Starting their season with two straight losses, the Rock knew this game could be a crucial point of their season.

 

In response, Toronto unleashed an offensive onslaught.

 

Adam Jones (4G, 5A), Rob Hellyer (3G, 4A) and Tom Schreiber (3G, 4A) led the Rock to a 20-13 rout of the rival Buffalo Bandits in front of 9,398 fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday night.

 

After scoring a league-worst 18 goals in their first two games, the Rock (1-2) answered their critics with an offensive outburst.

 

“We put up a pretty good number,” Rock head coach Matt Sawyer said after the game. “We were hungry. We had a sense of urgency because of the position that we were in. [If we had lost,] it would have been a tough hole to dig out of.”

 

Playing against Buffalo (1-2) for the second time in three games, Toronto’s goal scoring was consistent as the team scored six times in three of four quarters. The Rock reached the 20-goal mark for the first time since January 10, 2015.

 

“It was a gut-check”

 

Jones, who was acquired by the Rock in an off-season blockbuster trade with the Saskatchewan Rush, was terrific and was a threat to score on every possession.

 

With a nine-point effort on Saturday, Jones continues to lead his new team – now with 18 points (7G, 11A).

 

“We were fighting it a bit in the first couple of games,” Jones told NLL.com. “Once we got a few goals in a row tonight, we felt the confidence grow.”

 

It was the first game for the Rock since trading veteran forward Stephan Leblanc to the New England BlackWolves. The message that the Rock offense needed to be better was clearly well received by the players.

 

“Everyone was surprised. No one knew that [the trade] was going to happen,” Jones said. “It was a gut-check. We had to find out who was playing. No one wants to leave this organization.”

 

Is goaltending an issue in Buffalo?

 

It was a night of firsts in the opening quarter as rookies Drew Belgrave and Dan Craig scored their first-career NLL goals while the newly acquired transition player Sheldon Burns (the return in the Leblanc trade) scored in his debut. Toronto jumped out to a 5-3 lead with a goal from Schreiber late in the first quarter. That was followed by Burns, who capitalized with an unassisted marker to make the lead 6-3. Immediately after the faceoff, tough guys Bill Hostrawser and Craig England dropped the gloves for a spirited tilt to cap a sequence of two goals and a fight – all in seven seconds.

 

The goals kept coming in the second quarter. Schreiber again had the Rock fans in disbelief as he circled the cage, lost his helmet but kept the ball long enough to beat an equally surprised Buffalo goaltender, Alex Buque.

 

The goal prompted Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley to replace his starter with the newly-acquired Zach Higgins at 1:16 of the second quarter. Buque left with just 8 saves on 15 shots while Higgins finished with 33 saves on 45 shots. After losing to the Rochester Knighthawks 21-11 on Dec. 23, Buffalo has now given up 41 goals against in the last two games.

 

“We believe in both of our goalies right now,” Cordingley told NLL TV. “Buque has had a few tough games but I think he is a real good goalie in this league. Higgy coming in and doing what he did for us was great. We kind of left him out to dry. It wasn’t really fair. We have to do a better job in front of him.”

 

“Our offense was selfish”

 

That goaltending change seemed to temporarily shift the momentum as the Bandits reeled off four straight goals – including three on the power play. Callum Crawford capped the run with his third of the game at 6:57 of the second quarter to cut Toronto’s lead to 8-7.

 

But the Rock pulled away for good just minutes later. Challen Rogers, who was playing for the first time after off-season shoulder surgery, ran the floor in a terrific individual effort. The former second-overall draft pick fought through a swarm of defenders to beat Higgins in transition to make it 9-7 for the Rock. Toronto scored three of the next four goals to take a 12-8 lead at halftime.

It was the first time the Rock had scored double digits this season. Only in this game, it was all accomplished in the first half.

 

After the Rock led 14-11 after the third, Toronto put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter with Schreiber and Hellyer completing hat tricks to stretch the lead to 16-11.

 

Buffalo’s offense did look dangerous at times with Dhane Smith (2G, 5A) and Mitch Jones (2G, 4A) leading the way. But it wasn’t enough.

 

“When they went on runs, we all just wanted to do it ourselves on offense,” Smith told NLL TV. “Our whole offense was selfish at times.”

 

The two squads will meet for the final time in the regular season on April 21 in Buffalo.

 

The Bandits now kick off a two-game home stand starting against the Calgary Roughnecks on January 6. The same day, the Rock travel west for their only trip of the season to Vancouver to battle the Stealth.

 

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