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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
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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
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Rock’s Win Streak Ends at 4 After Roughnecks Stunning 16-8 Win

If you were just looking at the Toronto Rock’s (4-2) and Calgary Roughnecks’ (1-5) records coming into this Week 9 matchup, you might have thought that Toronto would have ran away with a win to extend their win streak to five games.

 

Yet, on the contrary, the Roughnecks, who have fallen just short of victories in their last two nail-biting games, stunned the 10,000+ fans inside the Air Canada Centre by stealing a win away from arguably the NLL’s hottest team, ultimately defeating the Rock 16-8.

 

Toronto Rock head coach Matt Sawyer explained the lost simply. “We got what we deserved and they deserved the win,” Sawyer said post-game. “We weren’t willing to put in the effort and pay the price that we needed to to be successful. So, hopefully this is a good learning lesson and we get better and move on, but we got what we deserved.”

 

The Roughnecks defense was strong all game and were led by their 20-year-old goaltender, Christian Del Bianco who had his best game of his young career collecting a personal-best 47 saves on the night including nearly two dozen consecutive shots to end his epic night on a high note.

 

Early on in this one, the Roughnecks came out as the more aggressive of the two teams. They were not only getting more shots on goal but were penalized twice for slashing and check from behind minors. Their penalty kill unit allowed just one goal on the man down and were even able to snag a short-handed goal in the process.

 

It wasn’t until the 1:21 mark in the first-quarter that the scoring really got going in this non-conference battle. In those final 80 seconds, three goals were scored (two from Toronto and one from Calgary). The scoring rush continued in the beginning stages of the second quarter with two more Rock goals -coming nine seconds apart- to gave the home side their first lead with 12:33 to go in the second-quarter.

 

The Roughnecks were able to fight back in the latter part of the first half scoring two of the last three goals to cut the Rock lead to 6-5 going into the break. The six goals scored by the Rock through the first-half tied their second-lowest production in the opening 60 minutes this season.

 

Zach Currier, the Roughnecks dynamic rookie, helped the Roughnecks get the ball moving on offensive collecting three assists in the first half to set a career-high -he finished the night with four helpers. For the Rock, Adam Jones tallied for points including a goal and three assists to lead Toronto with four points through the first half of play.

 

Toronto’s Rob Hellyer made it a 7-5 game with his early second half score on Del Bianco but the game was about to be flipped on its head.

 

The turning point in the match came midway through the third-quarter when the Rock’s Adam Jones was charged with a five-minute spearing penalty. The Roughnecks scored two critical power play goals on the man up to tie the match at 7-7, and they were just getting started.

 

When asked about the game-defining penalty after the match, Coach Sawyer admitted that the team will have to go back and see how that play developed and how the penalty came about. “We have to get a better look at that on tape, but we allowed two goals off it” he said. “but we had the ball three times, threw it away and gave them an extra minute and a half, so I guess I can update you on [the play] once we go back and study and analyze it a little bit more.”

 

The Rock penalty kill has been one of the lowest points of this team during this very successful start to 2018 has been the worst in the NLL so far this season. At home, they had only stopped one power play chance this year and had the NLL’s worst overall penalty kill in 2018 sitting at a poor 34.8%. On the night they would stop 2-5 Calgary power play opportunities.

 

Following Tom Schreiber’s first and only goal on the night to retake the lead for the Rock, the Roughnecks began a run late in the fourth-quarter that didn’t end until the final buzzer. The Rock, who had not given up more than five scores in a row all season long, surrendered nine consecutive Roghnecks tallies as they watched the match and their four-game win streak slip away as the seconds in the final period ticked away.

 

Curtis Dickson, Dane Dobbie and Loewen each had two goals during the 9-0 run that lasted 17:10 while Wesley Berg, Tyson Bell, and Holden Cattoni all added a score for themselves. Del Bianco helped to fuel the Roughnecks offense making save after save including the Rock’s last 19 shots on goal going back to late in third-quarter. His saves ranged from run-of-the-mill to highlight reel material, but it did’t matter what the Rock were throwing his way, Del Bianco had an answer for everything down the stretch. It was only the fourth time dating back to the start of the 2017 season that the Rock had been shutout in a quarter.

 

With the win, the Roughnecks avoid tying the worst start in franchise history moving to 2-5 on the year and have tons of momentum on their side. The Rock, had a chance to have their first win streak of five or more games since early 2015, but will have to start a new streak somewhere down the road if they want to continue to hold a playoff spot.

 

“Our next [game] is against Rochester,” Sawyer said. “We have an opportunity to go in there and get one back, get back on track. It’s a game where, if we can be successful, we can win the tiebreak, so it makes that game much bigger with how we played tonight. For us, we want to part our best foot forward but we’ve got some work to do.”

The Rock now stand at 4-3 on the year and are jammed in the middle of an extremely tight Eastern Conference where the top-4 teams are all separated by just one game. The Rock will head to Rochester next week to play a Knighthawks team that has now lost five in a row after losing Saturday night to the Buffalo Bandits. That game will be featured on NLLTV.com on February 10th at 8:00 pm EST will conference positioning very much on the mind of both squads.

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