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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
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
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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Take Two: Black Wolves Sweep Knighthawks With 10-8 Win

The New England Black Wolves completed the weekend sweep of the Rochester Knighthawks with a 10-8 win Saturday night in front of 7,582 fans at the Blue Cross Arena. The Black Wolves (7-4) defeated the Knighthawks (6-7) by a score of 16-13 Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

The mood after the sweep was notably different for the Black Wolves from two weeks ago when they lost a hard-fought game in the very same arena.

“Looking at where we are, as opposed to where we could have been after this weekend, it’s obviously big,” said Black Wolves forward and former Knighthawk Jordan Hall who finished the night with six points (2+4). “A couple of guys stepped up. I thought (Kevin) Crowley in the second half was awesome. Our defense, honestly stepped up big time. If you look at how they scored, it was a lot of transition which kind of looks bad on our ‘O’ guys, as well as power play stuff. Our ‘D’ guys locked them up pretty good.”

“It was really big,” said Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark. “It’s in division. You just allow yourself to keep yourself in that second-place spot, keep yourself in a playoff spot. More for our psyche, too. I thought they really gave it to us the first time we were here and outplayed us in a lot of ways. To come back and respond the way we did, it’s just good for our mental makeup.”

The Black Wolves may not have put up the same numbers offensively as they did Friday night but used a balanced attack to score the goals when they needed them. Former league MVP Shawn Evans finished the night with seven points (3+4), Kevin Crowley had five points (2+3), Kyle Buchanan had five assists, and Pat Saunders had two goals in the fourth quarter including the final goal with just over 20 seconds to play.

“That’s the nice thing that we like about our ‘O’ right now,” Clark said. “It’s pretty level. They can all put the ball in the net. Even Kevin Buchanan has been scoring a lot for us and making good plays. Just getting loose balls and being responsible. It’s a good group and they’re really clicking right now as an offense.”

At the other end of the tunnel, the mood was much more somber for the Knighthawks who had a chance to make a real statement in the playoff race this weekend.

“It was a hard-fought battle by both teams,” said Knighthawks defenseman Brad Self, who had three points (2+1) while pulling double duty with the offense at times. “Nobody likes losing, that’s for sure. We obviously weren’t too happy with the two losses. We were really unhappy with last night’s effort. Tonight was a whole lot better, so we have to build off that.”

“This is a tough weekend,” said Knighthawks forward Dan Dawson who had a four-point night (2+2). “Going into a bye week, you never want to give up two games like that. They out-played us this weekend. There’s nothing more to it. They out-executed us, they out-worked us, and it showed in the result.”

“It’s a good time to have this bye week,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “We’re pretty banged-up. It’s a good time to get refreshed and healthy. We still control a lot of things. We’ve got Buffalo two more times, we’ve got these guys one more time, and we’ve got Georgia. All divisional games that we control and we’ve got a lot of lacrosse left to play.”

The bye week was a major theme for the Knighthawks after playing the back-to-back games versus the Black Wolves. Forward Cory Vitarelli was not on the active roster, along with defenseman Mike Manley who came over from the Black Wolves in the Hall trade. 

“We’ve got some time, but we’re definitely a hurting group with injuries and sicknesses,” Dawson said. “We’re going to use this bye week to get better and to get healthy. It’s the right time as far as getting healthy and getting better. As far as timing and coming off two losses, it’s not really good timing. We’re definitely going to have to use these two weeks to get the sticks in our hands and get better, but right now, this one’s going to sting for a while. You’ve got two weeks to let this sink in.”

“We’ll see how healthy we get,” Self said. “We have some bodies banged up, and time will tell. Even for the guys that are healthy right now have some bumps and bruises. It will be nice to just take a week off and regroup then get back to work in a couple of weeks.”

For the Knighthawks, the weekend series with the Black Wolves continued a trend of slow offensive starts in 2016. In both games, the Knighthawks failed to score in the first quarter. The Knighthawks trailed 3-0 only 23 seconds into the second quarter before taking a lead keyed by defensemen Brad Self, Ian Llord, and Scott Self. 

“You see what our defense does with the lead,” Dawson said. “We’ve never really gave them a huge lead to start off this season, to start off the year. That last couple of games we’ve played, we’ve come from behind in almost every single game. It’s going to come back to bite you. Especially with how good teams are, you need to play a full 60 and we just haven’t done that recently. It’s something we’ve got to address.”

“I think a couple of times, we’ve been panicking really early in the game,” said Knighthawks forward Stephen Keogh. “We just need to calm down and spread the offense. Move the ball and move our feet. Just get back to Knighthawks lacrosse where everyone’s contributing. We’re a great team, but we can’t be spotting everyone a lead early in a game. Hopefully we can fix it for the rest of the season.”

With the season heading towards the stretch run, the Black Wolves trail the Eastern Division-leading Buffalo Bandits by half a game. The Knighthawks trail the Bandits by 2.5 games but are still in the final playoff spot in the East. The Black Wolves return home to face the Colorado Mammoth on April 2 while the Knighthawks get the bye week.

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Shawn Evans
2) Dan Dawson
3) Brad Self

By Jeremy Pike for NLL.com. Photo by Micheline Veluvolu.

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