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19:30:00
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Sat, Dec 17
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Fri, Dec 30
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Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
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Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
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Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
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19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
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Albany
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Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
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Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
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Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
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Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
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Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
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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
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Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
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Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
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Sat, Jan 28
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Buffalo
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Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
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Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
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Sat, Jan 28
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Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
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21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
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Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
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11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
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Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
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Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
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Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
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Calgary
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12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
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Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
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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
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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
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14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
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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
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Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
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Philadelphia
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Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
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Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
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New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
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Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
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Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
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16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
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Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
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Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
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Sat, Mar 18
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Sat, Mar 18
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Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
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20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
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Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
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Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
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Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
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Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
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Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
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Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
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Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
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19:00:00
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20:00:00
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Panther City
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21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
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Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
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Philadelphia
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19:00:00
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19:00:00
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21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
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Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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21:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
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Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
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They The East: Rock Stop K-Hawks, Headed To Cup Finals

After taking Game 2 by a score of 11-8, the Toronto Rock roughed up the Rochester Knighthawks 8-2 in the subsequent tiebreaker Game 3 in front of 10,210 fans at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night to move on to the NLL Champion’s Cup Finals, which start next weekend.

The Rock recorded a combined 21 points over the tiebreaker’s 10 minutes to lift themselves past the three-time defending champs and advance to the Champion’s Cup Finals for the first time since winning it all in 2011.

“We got it done… we had a mission,” said Rock head coach John Lovell, who enjoyed his first playoff win as a head coach. “Nothing has gotten us down all season, not even in a loss. We showed our resolve here tonight.”

Toronto wasted no time to get on the score sheet in Game 2 as Brett Hickey scored twice within the game’s first 1:36. Stephan Leblanc followed up nearly two minutes later to give Toronto an early 3-0 lead. Rochester forward Stephen Keogh broke the Knighthawks silence with a goal in transition just before the 10-minute mark. After 3:52 of scoreless play, the Rock’s Brock Sorensen and Craig Point traded goals, capping the first quarter at a 4-2 Toronto advantage.

Brandon Miller and the Rock defence were nearly perfect in the second frame as just one goal was scored against. That tally came from Keogh with just under three seconds before halftime. Prior to, Toronto lit the lamp four-straight times (Kevin Crowley, Colin Doyle, Rob Marshall, Hickey) to extend their total to eight goals heading into the second half.

“Everyone came to play tonight,” said Sanderson. “Everyone was working hard and doing the right things and it payed off. It was a great team effort.”

Leblanc opened all scoring in the second half just 1:10 in only to be countered twice by Stephen Keogh, who scored his third and fourth goals on the night, and Scott Self in the latter half of the frame. The 3-1 Rochester mini-run brought the score to the tighter 9-6 three-goal margin heading into the final frame.

Keogh struck for the fifth time of the game to bring Rochester within a 9-7 score just over a minute into the fourth quarter. Rock captain Josh Sanderson however answered with a shorthanded tally 1:37 later to put a stop to a 4-1 Knighthawks scoring run. Leblanc and Keogh traded goals late to cement the 11-8 final ahead of the tiebreaker.

“We didn’t get off to a good start,” said Keogh. “That was really the turning point.”

Sanderson had struck twice 1:13 into the tiebreaker only to be followed up by Doyle, Leblanc and Crowley over the next three minutes. Hellyer pilled on another couple before Joel Resetartis and Joe Walters each scored within the tiebreaker’s final two minutes. Patrick Merrill capped the series with a penalty shot goal with 54 seconds left.

“It was nice to have a powerplay to start that mini-game,” said Sanderson, who scored two of his three goals on the night in the tiebreaker. “It was nice that those [goals] squeezed in for me, and then everyone fed off it.”

Rochester’s season – and its rein as the team to beat for the last three years – came to a bitter and unrelenting end on Saturday night, and it was the first half in Game 2 that perhaps hurt the most. Heading into Toronto with a win in their pocket, the Knighthawks allowed eight first half goals – one less than they gave up in all of Game 1. The poor defensive effort led to the eventual 11-8 Game 2 defeat, and gave Toronto every once of momentum heading into the tiebreaker.

“The game got away from us a little bit and [Toronto] made us pay, good teams will do that,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen.

Despite a premature exit this season, Hasen said he’s very proud of not only the success his team has earned over the last three years, but the squad he carried in 2015.

“You look back and I don’t think there’s a better group than the one we had this year,” said Hasen. “They battled all year long and I’m proud of them, and they should be proud of each other.”

Toronto goalie Brandon Miller played all 70 minutes in goal on Saturday and turned away 48 of 58 shots for a .827 save percentage. Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc played a total of 64:13 in goal and allowed 16 goals on 50 shots for an uncharacteristic .660 save percentage. During the tiebreaker, backup Angus Goodleaf was called upon after Vinc allowed the Rock’s fifth goal. Goodleaf allowed three goals on five shots over 5:47 of play.

Hellyer (2+7) led all scorers with nine points on the night while Leblanc (4+4), Hickey (3+5) and Sanderson (3+5) each followed up with eights points a piece. Keogh led all Rochester shooters with six points on the night (6+0) while Dan Dawson followed up with five (0+5).

The Rock will face off with the Edmonton Rush for the Champion’s Cup Finals, with Game 1 in Toronto set for Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. ET. New for this year, the Cup Finals will feature a full best-of-three series with Toronto hosting Game 1 and Game 3 (if necessary). Game 2 is in Edmonton on Friday, June 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET while Game 3 would take place on Saturday, June 13 if the series is tied 1-1. 

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Brandon Miller
2) Josh Sanderson
3) Rob Hellyer

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

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