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BUF at SD - Sat. 10pm ET on ESPNews Schedule

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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
FINAL
Las Vegas
11
Panther City
13
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
12
San Diego
13
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Toronto
7
Rochester
11
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Vancouver
9
Calgary
11
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
5
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Panther City
9
Las Vegas
3
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Buffalo
11
Toronto
8
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Rochester
14
Albany
13
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Philadelphia
13
Georgia
12
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Halifax
20
New York
11
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Colorado
12
Panther City
9
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
Halifax
13
Buffalo
18
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
San Diego
17
Calgary
14
Sat, Dec 31
FINAL
Panther City
9
Saskatchewan
11
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
FINAL
Philadelphia
14
Las Vegas
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Panther City
9
Rochester
17
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Halifax
14
Albany
11
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Buffalo
18
Georgia
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Toronto
15
New York
7
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Calgary
8
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Vancouver
11
San Diego
16
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Albany
11
Halifax
10
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
10
Colorado
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Halifax
8
Toronto
17
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Panther City
12
Philadelphia
10
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Georgia
9
Buffalo
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
San Diego
10
Calgary
14
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Las Vegas
16
Vancouver
19
Sun, Jan 15
FINAL
Rochester
11
New York
8
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Buffalo
12
Rochester
15
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
15
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
Toronto
14
Philadelphia
5
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
New York
16
Albany
10
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Rochester
7
Halifax
17
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Buffalo
13
Philadelphia
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Buffalo
16
New York
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Las Vegas
10
Saskatchewan
15
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL/OT
Toronto
11
Calgary
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
San Diego
13
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Panther City
20
Vancouver
7
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
FINAL
Georgia
10
Colorado
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL/OT
Calgary
12
Halifax
11
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
New York
14
Toronto
22
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Albany
5
Philadelphia
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Rochester
10
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Panther City
10
San Diego
12
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
14
Vancouver
8
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Colorado
8
Las Vegas
13
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Toronto
11
Georgia
10
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
13
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Halifax
14
Rochester
16
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Albany
12
New York
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Vancouver
13
Panther City
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Colorado
9
Calgary
13
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
9
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
16
San Diego
11
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Georgia
7
Toronto
16
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
Albany
10
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
12
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Colorado
7
Panther City
13
Sun, Feb 19
FINAL
New York
12
Halifax
13
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Panther City
12
Colorado
14
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Calgary
9
Las Vegas
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL/OT
New York
10
Rochester
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Albany
4
Georgia
20
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Vancouver
16
Saskatchewan
12
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
FINAL
Buffalo
10
Halifax
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
New York
12
Philadelphia
19
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
San Diego
15
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Rochester
8
Toronto
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL/OT
Georgia
9
Albany
8
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
10
Panther City
16
Mon, Mar 6
FINAL
Toronto
10
Philadelphia
11
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL/OT
Halifax
9
Buffalo
10
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL
Calgary
16
Colorado
10
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Albany
6
Toronto
12
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Philadelphia
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
San Diego
12
Saskatchewan
11
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
5
Sun, Mar 12
FINAL
Rochester
19
Georgia
18
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
11
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
San Diego
16
Vancouver
9
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Georgia
13
Philadelphia
12
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Toronto
12
Halifax
14
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Albany
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Colorado
13
Buffalo
8
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
8
Panther City
11
Sun, Mar 19
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
9
Rochester
8
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
FINAL
San Diego
17
Panther City
9
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
19:00:00
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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The Fast And The Furious: Rush Speed By Rock, 11-9

In a battle of the league’s two first place teams, the Edmonton Rush (6-4) defeated its East Division counterpart with an 11-9 win over the Toronto Rock (10-3) before a crowd of 10,296 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night.

Rush defender Nik Bilic – an unlikely hero – scored two late fourth-quarter tallies to help his team climb past the Rock, handing Toronto its first home loss in the process.

Just 20 total goals were scored between Toronto and Edmonton, a stark change from the 31 tallied up in the teams’ previous tilt in Week 9. Both Brandon Miller and Aaron Bold stood tall, proving their statistical status as the league’s two top goalies. Active sticks, great positioning and goal-posts (Edmonton hit four on them on the night) kept the scoring to a minimum. Saturday night’s meeting brought out each team’s true colors – at least on the back end.

“No surprise for me for tonight,” said Rock owner and general manager Jamie Dawick of the tidy play. “The last game was wired. This is what people expected in our play.”

The Rock in particular put big focus on league sharpshooter Mark Matthews by gluing defender Brodie Merrill on his tail for the majority of the evening. Matthews only scored twice, but that added focus unwittingly gave more space to second-year player Robert Church, who notched his third-straight hat trick on the night.

“They got a lot of tough check out there,” said Dawick. “Church was killing us on the powerplay at the top.”    

The Rock’s Stephan Leblanc opened all scoring with a powerplay snipe 3:48 after first whistle. Nearly 10 minutes later, Rush forward Zack Greer answered back netting his first of the game. Edmonton’s Tyler Melnyk and Kasey Beirnes traded goals late in the frame to tie things up at two goals a piece heading into the second quarter. 

Church scored the Rush’s only second quarter goal 3:36 in, while the Rock got tallies from Brett Hickey and Josh Sanderson to give Toronto a 4-3 halftime lead.

Active sticks and great defensive sets from both ends left much of the second frame without many prime opportunities. Both the Rock and Rush proved their defensive prowess, holding each other to just 23 shots a piece at the half.

The floodgates cracked open atop the second half as seven total goals were scored between the two teams.

Rock defender Nick Diachenko – playing on offence due to a Rob Hellyer upper-body injury – scored just 45 seconds into the third frame. Edmonton postured up by going 4-0 run in a 11:59 span to garner a 7-5 lead. Toronto’s Kevin Ross and Hickey each scored with under a minute remaining, tying the game 7-7 heading into the fourth frame.

Ross and Hickey each strike again to start the fourth frame to give Toronto a 9-7 lead at the 3:10 mark.

Nearly four minutes later, Mark Matthews scored his first and only goal of the match on a pretty passing play. The Matthews goal was followed up with a couple Nik Bilic tallies to give the Rush a late 10-9 lead. Defender Ryan Dilks eventually sealed the victory by potting an empty-netter.

“It feels pretty good to do something like that,” said Bilic of his rare two-goal performance. “The key to tonight was hard work and wearing them down and I think we were able to do that by the fourth quarter.”

“It was a very exciting game,” said Rush head coach Derek Keenan. “It was physical, great goaltending on both sides. For us tonight, defense was the biggest difference.”

Saturday night marks the seventh time Edmonton has held a team under 10 goals, and heading into the year’s final stretch, that fact now calmly reverberates within the Rush dressing room. While every other NLL team has allowed more than 100 goals this season, Edmonton has allowed just 98, giving them a league-best 9.8 goals against average.

The Rock’s stalling offense can at least in part be attributed to the loss of Rob Hellyer from the lineup. Hellyer suffered what Dawick called an upper-body injury late in the first half. Toronto’s top point-getter did not return, leaving a gaping hole in the Rock’s offense.

“We’re going to reevaluate him, it’s more of a precaution,” said Dawick.

Diachenko was called to play forward for the first time since last season and played commendably. He tallied an goal and an assist on the evening, the assist coming on the Rock’s final goal of the game.

“I just wanted to get in there are contribute,” said Diachenko of just his third game this year. “It was pretty exciting going back on offense.”

“It hurts to lose, but it builds character,” Diachenko said of the loss. “Maybe the target isn’t going to be on our back anymore.”

Rush goalie Bold impressively stopped 43 of the Rock’s 52 shots for a .829 save percentage. On the other end of the floor, Miller, equal to the task, stopped 37 of 47 shots for an also strong .787 save percentage.

Sanderson (1+5) and Hickey (3+3) led all Rock shooters with six points each in the loss. Leblanc (1+2) and Ross (2+1) each followed up with three points of their own. Matthews (2+5) put up seven points in the victory, while Church (3+2) followed close behind with five points.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Aaron Bold
2) Brandon Miller
3) Brett Hickey

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

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