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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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Stealth Will Only Trade Corey Small If It’s Best For The Team

If you’ve been near the grapevine over the last month, there’s a chance you may have heard some chatter about the Vancouver Stealth possibly trading forward Corey Small to an East Division team. Whether Stealth GM Doug Locker decides to ship Small across North America in the next couple of days before the NLL trade deadline or not, the possibility of the dynamic Stealth left-hander heading to another franchise only seems likely if the right deal arises.

 

These rumors, of course, stem from Small’s decision to depart from the Western Lacrosse Association’s (WLA) Victoria Shamrocks to be closer to his immediate family. Small made the tough decision to leave the Shamrocks on Valentine’s Day Eve after seven phenomenal years in Victoria.

 

“Everyone [with the Shamrocks] is a little disappointed,” Small said of his departure from the WLA squad. “Given the situation, everyone has been understanding of the reason why. Everybody has a family, and everybody has a home. As much as Victoria has been my home for the last seven to eight years, home for my wife and I has always been St. Catharines and that’s where our families are.”

 

A fundamental difference from these rumors compared to the circumstances in Victoria is that Small let the team know that he would not be returning. Small has not had any conversations with Locker about leaving the club but says it is not even on his mind.

 

“No. Not really. [Leaving Vancouver] is not the focus right now or what I plan to do next year,” Small said. I’m more focused on how to turn things around in Vancouver, take things as they come, and see how things turn out in the offseason.”

 

Locker stated that the Stealth aren’t willing to give up on a 2018 NLL Playoff spot just yet, and suggested that if the team were to make a late run, they would need to keep Small. “It sounds corny, but it’s the truth. We’re trying to figure out how to win some games and get back in the race. Corey is a massive part of that for us.”

 

The Stealth GM did say, however, that if Small were to approach him to request a trade, that the team would be more inclined to ship him off if they could get someone in return that would increase the team’s chances of winning more than with Small on the roster.

 

“I think what we would do is we would look at what’s in the best interest of the club like we always do. We wouldn’t just move him to move him. If it was something that helped our club and something that he wanted, you would look at that. But, first and foremost, it would have to help us.”

 

To the surprise of many, the goaltending in Vancouver this year has proven to have too many holes. As unfortunate as it looks, Tye Belanger’s 11.28 goals allowed average (GAA) and .796 save percentage (SV%) in 2017 may have been a flash in the pan. In four games, Belanger has a GAA of 19.60 and a SV% of .683. His backups this season Brodie MacDonald and Eric Penney also have GAAs above 13.50 and SV%s less than .750.

 

Could Vancouver ship Small to a team in need of offensive support on the left side and receive a goalie in return? The Toronto Rock might want to send rookie Riley Hutchcraft to Vancouver to acquire Small to help their youthful left side. Adam Jones is the only Rock lefty that has more than ten goals, and he is the only left-hander on the team that is older than 25. Small’s scoring prowess and wisdom could bring the extra punch the Rock need to assert themselves in the East Division. Not to mention that the right team is still missing right-hander Tom Schreiber.

 

Might a team like the Buffalo Bandits continue to make moves by attempting to snag Small in exchange for one of their goaltenders such as Zach Higgins? Again, the Bandits left side is fairly young, and while they have excellent mentors and playmakers on the right like Shawn Evans and Dhane Smith, the East Division is as tight as it’s ever been and a player like Small could help to further balance the offense. Remember, Higgins recently had one of the best goaltending performances of the season stopping 54 shots in Feburary. He still remains the backup to Alex Buque despite the promise he shows.

 

With all the speculation surrounding Small, Locker is trying to stay focused on the team’s mission of reaching the playoffs. It is clear that he still believes that the guys he brought together can still achieve that goal.

 

“We’ve got to play games here on out as if they were playoff games,” Locker said with urgency. “I think if we can get a win here this week – I think this club has been working hard all year – that’s going to be a huge win for us. I like the team we have; they’re working their butts off. We’re trying to support our guys and put them in a position where they can be successful.”

 

With Small still in the lineup, bringing the Stealth to the playoffs is his main priority. To him, everything that he’s heard about him leaving is all just speculation.

 

“The only thing I can say about people who are skeptical about [staying in Vancouver], is that I’ve always been a player that’s been loyal to my team my entire career. I played all of my junior lacrosse at St. Catharines, I played seven years with Victoria, I played six years with Edmonton until they traded me and I’ve been here in Vancouver for three seasons. I’ve never been a person who makes those decisions on my own; it’s always up to the team. As I said, I haven’t even had that discussion with Doug. I know there’s a lot of speculation out there, but there’s no truth to it right now.”

 

As the hours wind down to the 3:00 EST deadline on Monday, Locker is likely to receive many phone calls about various players, including Small. If he feels there is a deal to be made that betters the Stealth, he’ll probably pull the trigger, but for now, this unit remains intact, no matter how juicy the gossip.

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