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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
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Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
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San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
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Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
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Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
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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
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Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
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Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
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19:00:00
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20:00:00
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21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
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13:00:00
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Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
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Philadelphia
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19
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19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
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21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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20
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21:00:00
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21
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20:30:00
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18:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Rose Ceremony: Rock Send Swarm Packing, 14-9

Just one night after an impressive 16-4 victory in Minnesota, the Toronto Rock (6-1) defeated the Minnesota Swarm (3-4) once again, this time with a 14-9 home win before a Valentine’s Day crowd of 8,668 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night.

In a well-balanced attack, six Rock players posted four points or more to help Toronto complete a weekend home-and-home sweep against the Swarm. The effort pulls the Rock further ahead of the East Division pack, giving them a 2.5 game advantage over the second place Buffalo Bandits.

“Like most games, we just wanted to get our legs underneath us,” said Toronto Rock head coach John Lovell. “We knew Minnesota would come out hard tonight, they’ve had some success this year.”

It took less than 24 hours for both clubs to pack up and travel north of the boarder for a highly anticipated rematch, but for the Rock, there was no shortage of energy. Toronto mounted 54 shots on goal while going 4-for-7 on the powerplay.

As the usual suspects – Rob Hellyer, Josh Sanderson and Stephan Leblanc – provided their spark, the Rock enjoyed big secondary scoring from Brett Hickey (3+1) and Kevin Ross (2+3).

“Unselfish character, honesty and how they play the game,” said Lovell of his team’s early success. “Our plan is to be honest and stick together.”

“It’s a solid weekend for us,” said Ross. “We got a real good thing going on here. This is where I want to be.”

Minnesota’s Logan Schuss opened all scoring by firing a shot from in close just a minute after first whistle. After nearly six minutes of scoreless play, Kasey Beirnes answered back with his 14th and 15th goals on the year 32 seconds apart to give the Rock an early 2-1 lead. Minnesota countered with with a pair of tallies late in the frame, but Stephan Leblanc, with just a minute remaining, closed the quarter by netting his first of the game.

Toronto came out roaring in the second quarter, scoring three-straight goals over a 3:08 span to garner a 6-3 lead. Minnesota, breaking a 6:29 silence, pulled within a two goals after an unassisted Jordan MacIntosh goal with 10:49 left in the second quarter. To close the half, Rock sharpshooter Rob Hellyer and Brett Hickey sandwiched a Matisz goal to bring the score to 8-5 after 30 minutes.

The third frame featured back-and-fourth play as the two teams traded two goals a piece. Over the 15 minutes, Andrew Suitor and Shane MacDonald sandwiched Stephan Leblanc and Brett Hickey goals, advancing the score to 10-7 heading into the final frame. Furiously pulling away, Toronto opened the quarter by going on a torrid 4-1 run. Schuss scored a late goal with just over two minutes remaining, capping the eventual 14-9 final.

With the win, Toronto remains perfect on home floor after three games played at the ACC.



“We’re going to learn from this,” said Swarm captain Andrew Suitor, who snagged a goal open the second half. “We’re a young team, but we can’t use that as an excuse.”



“We’re going to take this, study the film and educate ourselves,” he added. “We can’t sit on this, there’s no rewind in this league.” 


Over the two losses, the Swarm were outscored 30-13 by the Rock, a striking concern for Swarm head coach Joe Sullivan as his team moves past the quarter poll of the season.



“Sure, there’s some concern,” said Sullivan.” “When you’re not willing to pay the price to get inside, you’re not going to score. These goalies are too good.”



The Swarm loss and a Rochester 15-10 win over the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday night has the East Division tightly wrapped. Just a half game separates the second place Buffalo Bandits from the now last place Minnesota Swarm, who over their next eight games will play within the division five times.



“The good thing for us is we have a week off,” Sullivan said. “We’ll give the guys a week to really think about it, then we’ll really get at them. I think we’ll bounce back, we’ve been pretty resilient all year.”



Rock backup goalie Nick Rose got the call in net and played nicely. In his second start of the season, Rose stopped 40 of the Swarm’s 49 shots for a neat .816 save percentage.

“Our defense is unbelievable, I don’t even have words for it at this point,” Rose said. “To give up four last night and nine tonight is incredible.”



Zach Higgins got the nod in goal on the other end of the floor, but was pulled after Toronto’s sixth goal. Brodie MacDonald, in relief, played the remaining 41:52. The two combined for 14 goals allowed on 54 shots for a .740 save percentage.

Leblanc (3+4) and Josh Sanderson (1-6) led all shooters with seven points a piece in the victory. Hellyer (2+4) followed up with six points of his own.

Shayne Jackson (0+5) led all Swarm players with five points in the loss, while Matisz (2+2) followed close behind with four points. Swarm rookie Shane MacDonald, the fifth overall pick of the 2014 NLL Draft, completed the “Gordie Howe hat trick” with a fight, assist and goal, which was a highlight-reel dive and dunk for his first career NLL goal.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Stephan Leblanc
2) Nick Rose
3) Kevin Ross

By Justin Millerson (@RockBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Graig Abel.

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