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Fri, Dec 2
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8
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18
Sat, Dec 3
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19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
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16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
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6
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18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
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Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
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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
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Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
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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
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Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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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
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Swarm Roll Past Rival New England, 14-9

By Ty Merrow / Georgia Swarm

The Georgia Swarm played its most physical game of the year so far and emerged victorious over rival New England to the tune of 14-9. Friday’s game at Harrah’s Cherokee Field at Infinite Energy Arena featured plenty of fantastic defense from both teams and plenty of rough hits.

Georgia (3-0) prevented New England (0-3) from collecting their first win of the season on Friday. A relatively low scoring game for the Swarm (Georgia averaged 18 goals per game entering the contest), their defense stepped up and countered the offenses’ “coolness.”

“It started with our offense,” John Ranagan – who played for New England last year – said about the defense’s success. “They were sprinting off which got us (defense) on. Just started being aggressive. I think the whole team did a great job on (New England’s) Shawn Evans, but particularly Jason Noble was on him all game. He really neutralized an overly great player in this league.”

Georgia’s defense managed to hold the 2013 and 2015 NLL MVP Evans to only four points (1G, 3A) in the game before his ejection in the third quarter. The team saw veterans and rookies alike step up and neutralize the physical Black Wolves’ offense.

Players credited the coach’s plan to keep New England shooting from outside as part of the reason for their success. Even though the Black Wolves had 60 shots on goal, they were predominantly from outside and away, a fact that Swarm goalie Mike Poulin attributes to his 51 blocked shots. 

Both Georgia and New England came out of the gate running but were matched for most of the quarter. The two teams went back-and-forth with Poulin and New England’s Evan Kirk making a plethora of highlight reel-worthy saves. Finally, the No. 4 pick in the 2016 NLL Draft, Bryan Cole, broke the ice nine minutes in by scoring his third goal of the season for the Swarm. Georgia would rack up three more goals – one of them from Mitch Belisle, who played in his first game of the season. Poulin blocked 15 shots and held the Black Wolves scoreless.

New England seemed to kick the aggressiveness up another notch in the second quarter, knocking over Georgia players whenever they could get away with it. Georgia responded, and a more defensive game evolved from there. The Black Wolves finally scored two goals to get on the board, but the Swarm went to the locker rooms having widened the lead to 5-2.

In the third quarter, New England’s offense started to gain some traction. But for every goal they scored, Georgia’s offense would respond with two more. Led by the team points’ leaders Lyle Thompson and Jordan Hall, the Swarm widened the lead further, ending the quarter up 10-5.

A clearly frustrated Black Wolves team lost composure and garnered most of their penalties in the fourth quarter. Throughout the whole game, New England garnered 38 penalty minutes on 11 infractions, but 30 of those minutes came in the final quarter. New England’s Evans vigorously earned 24 of those after he scored when Poulin accidentally knocked a blocked shot in on the rebound.

“We really pushed the line, but we don’t go over it,” Poulin said. “I think that’s been key all three games. We haven’t taken a lot of penalties because we’re a disciplined team. We play hard, we play clean, we’re not a dirty team, and that drives other teams nuts. That’s why we’ve had so many power plays.  When you play clean, you work hard, you go about your way, other teams might get a little frustrated about it when it’s working for us.”

While true for most of the game, the Black Wolves managed to string together four unanswered goals starting with Evans’ before his ejection. Rookie Connor Sellars would not let New England have the last word, however. New England pulled goaltender Doug Jamieson to go man-up on the Swarm during the final minutes. Sellars won his faceoff against Jay Thorimbert, broke away, and scored his first goal of the career.

“They’ve stepped in,” head coach Ed Comeau said about his Swarm rookies. “This is a tough league to step in and make an impact. Each one of them has made an impact in their own way. I think we just try to give them their roles and play within their roles. We’ve been very happy with what they’ve brought to the team.”

On the offensive side, Lyle Thompson (4G, 2A) continued his rampage in the NLL with his partner in crime Jordan Hall (3G, 4A). Jerome Thompson recorded four assists, and both Kiel Matisz and Randy Staats recorded three points (both 1G, 2A). Even with a slow start, Georgia continued its unselfish streak by having nine different players score a goal in the game.

“We were getting our opportunities, but defense was stepping up on their end,” Lyle Thompson said. “We said our goals were going to come, we’re getting good shots. Keep taking them, eventually they’ll fall.”

The Black Wolves did indeed fall to a stellar all-around performance from Georgia. 3-0 for the first time since 2008, the Swarm now turns its attention towards the west coast and the West Division’s Vancouver Stealth (2-1). The matchup will take place at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday, January 28. Faceoff is set for 10:00 p.m. EST.

Georgia returns home to Harrah’s Cherokee Field at Infinite Energy Arena on Saturday, February 11 for a rematch against the New England Black Wolves at 7:05 p.m. EST. For only $27, fans can purchase a lower level ticket and Swarm scarf package for the game. Visit GeorgiaSwarm.com/scarf for tickets.

Fans can catch the game LIVE via NLL.com. Subscriptions can be purchased at tv.nlltv.com. An all-access 2017 season pass costs $34.95 (US) and $39.95 (Canada), while an individual team pass for the year costs $24.95 (US) and $29.95 (Canada).

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