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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
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
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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Round 1: Rush At Roughnecks For ‘Battle Of Alberta’

Saturday night will mark the first of four installments of the ‘Battle of Alberta’ when the Edmonton Rush (0-2) visit Cowtown to take on the Calgary Roughnecks (0-2) at Scotiabank Saddledome. Watch the game live on TSN2 (Canada) and WatchESPN (U.S.) starting at 9 p.m. ET with both teams still seeking their first win.

The rivalry game comes just three days after the Roughnecks announced the re-signing of head coach and assistant general manager Curt Malawsky to a multi-year contract extension.

“I feel very fortunate and blessed to have an opportunity to be with such a great organization,” Malawsky said. “They’re (Calgary) a first-class organization from top to bottom and they treat the players and coaches exceptionally well.”

“I finished my career in Calgary, won a championship there and there’s no other place I’d rather be. I bleed black and red, that’s my home, they’re my family now and I’m very very excited to move forward in the future.”

In that near future, Malawsky and company will take on the Rush, a team that handled Calgary with ease in the preseason, winning 11-3.

“Last time we played them, they pretty much embarrassed us in front of our home crowd,” Malawsky said. “The challenge for us is defensively, we’ve let in a lot of goals in transition and I think we need to clean up our backyard first and foremost.”

Calgary’s second year transition player Karsen Leung couldn’t agree more with his coach.

“I think just from watching the games, we can communicate a little bit better,” Leung said. “It’s early on in the season, but I think it’s just getting our chemistry back.”

“The major thing is just talking a little bit more out there,” he added. “It seems we’re kind of getting lost at times so hopefully we can fix that.”

Calgary and Edmonton both had a bye week last weekend and haven’t played since January 10. Both the Roughnecks and Rush have started the 2015 NLL season with two losses with Calgary dropping their latest contest in overtime to the Colorado Mammoth.

“We really focused on our fitness,” Malawsky said. “I really believe you can get really fit in 10 to 14 days…that was one thing we really focused on in the bye week.”

Malawsky says the reality of this weekend is one team will lose three straight to start the season, and made it very clear he didn’t want that team to be his.

“The guys have the film, they’re looking at the film and the coaches are preparing everything,” Malawsky said. “We’re both 0-2 so the reality is someone is going to be 0-3.”

“Going into this game, it’s huge,” Leung added. “It’s going to be a dog fight and no one wants to be down 0-3 after this weekend, so we’re excited to start playing again.”

The Riggers have been outscored 35-30 so far this season and Malawsky knows the boys are going to have to put in a complete game in order to come out with a win in this one.

“The team that puts those four quarters together is the team that’s going to be successful,” Malawsky remarked. “We’re all looking forward to another great Battle of Alberta.”

While Malawsky’s extension was a talking point earlier in the week, big news came out of Edmonton this weekend when the team announced that Rush head coach and general manager Derek Keenan will return behind the bench on Saturday night.

“I am very grateful for the support and privacy recently received from the Rush organization, especially our assistant coaches, along with the players and fans,” Keenan said. “The time now is to focus on the game plan for the 2015 NLL season and bringing the Champion’s Cup to Crystal Glass Field at Rexall Place.”

Keenan had announced at the beginning of the season that he would be taking a leave from bench duties to be with his wife Wendy, who passed away earlier this month after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

“There was a never a timeframe set for Derek’s return as the needs of his family had to be the first priority,” said Rush owner Bruce Urban. “Derek is immensely respected by the players and fans, and I know that they all will be very excited upon his return.”

For the Rush, an 0-­2 start is startling considering the team’s 14­-0 start to last season but last year’s results do not have any impact right now.

The last time Edmonton played was Week 2 when they allowed the Minnesota Swarm to erase a six-goal deficit with an impressive 11­-1 run to end the game. For Rush assistant coach Jeff McComb, it’s all about continual improvement.

“It doesn’t sit well with you being 0-­2, it’s not a position we want to be in or thought we would necessarily be in but this league is what it is,” he said. “It’s nine teams that can win on every given weekend and we weren’t good enough the last two weeks so we focused on making sure we are better this weekend.”

After two games this season, Edmonton has posted the lowest offensive output in the league by totaling only 18 goals, with just 12 of them coming 5-on-5.

“It’s certainly an area we need to improve on through two games,” McComb said. “At the end of the day, I think we need to execute a little better and that’s playing a little more physical on offense.”

The Rush made a roster move this week by trading Corey Small to the Vancouver Stealth in exchange for first-round picks in 2016 and 2019.

“One of the things is we wanted to get back to our lineup mix of last year when we played with four [righties] on ‘O’ and three lefties because we were successful then,” McComb said. “It does give Mark Matthews more touches and Greer a little more floor time.”

“Corey’s a great player and there’s no doubt about that, probably an even better individual. But at the end of the day, we just thought that for our chemistry for our group is that we’re probably better off to get back to where we were last year with three lefts. And you know you’re always making a gamble when you do that, especially when you’re trading a player of Corey’s caliber.”

Zack Greer currently has 99 career goals and could score number 100 on Saturday night. Mark Matthews leads the Rush in points with 10 (4+6).

The last time Edmonton and Calgary played in an official game, the Roughnecks won the Game 3 mini­-game of the West Division Finals that sent them to the NLL Champion’s Cup Finals.

Story by Kassidy Collins (@RoughnecksBeat) and Mike Wilson (@RushBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Brad Watson.

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