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Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
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Fri, Dec 16
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Sat, Dec 17
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Sat, Dec 17
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Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
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Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
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Saskatchewan
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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
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Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
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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
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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
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
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Vancouver
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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
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Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
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Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
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Fri, Mar 24
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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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
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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
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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
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Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
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19
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19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
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Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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21:00:00
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Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
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Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
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20:30:00
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Panther City
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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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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
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 29
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
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Thruway Rivalry: Knighthawks Host Bandits

The Rochester Knighthawks (1-2) welcome the Buffalo Bandits (3-2) back to Blue Cross Arena on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET for the first edition of the Thruway Rivalry in 2015. Watch the game live on NLL LIVE (U.S.) and TSN.ca (Canada).

The Knighthawks are coming off the team’s first win of the season, defeating the Toronto Rock in a tough defensive struggle 8-6 at the BCA last Saturday night.

“It was a very good rebound for us,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “It was a tight game and we had to grind it out. It would be nice to get a few more goals in there, but it was two great defenses and two great goalies. Everybody had chances offensively… We’d love to see a few more goals go the other way and get in the net, get the offense clicking nice and early. It was just one of those games. Both teams were grinding, they were doing what it took to battle for those loose balls and retain possession… Defenses stole the show.”

“We had our struggles early on in the first two games,” said Knighthawks defenseman Paul Dawson. “So any time you can come back and settle down, keep any team to six is great, but especially when it’s a rival… The key is playing the defense we want to play… We have a system in place as a unit, and I think in the first couple of games, we were just trying to do too much and play outside of our comfort zone. As a man, we sat down and fixed our kinks.

“On Saturday, we put a whole 60 minutes together. We got back to our system which is playing big, solid, tough lacrosse. The 30-second [shot clock] violations, that’s something we strive to do. We try to limit teams’ shots, we don’t really try to force strips. We let teams run themselves out of time. As a group, we got back to how we played the last couple of years. That’s big, strong, solid ‘D’. Keep guys to the outside and let [Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc] see those shots. I think that was the key on Saturday, and that’s going to be the key moving forward… We’re pretty happy with it, but still have a lot of work to do.”

Rochester has only played two home games this season and both have been against the Rock, so this game represents a change in scheduling, but not in intensity. This game is also a scheduling oddity in that the Knighthawks faced the Rock last weekend after Toronto had a Friday night game and now are taking on Buffalo coming off a Friday night game.

“You grind one out against Toronto and you know you have to grind one out against Buffalo,” Hasen said. “It’s going to be another tough weekend, another tough game no matter what they’re doing the night before, when Buffalo comes to town. It’s always a great place to play at, the Blue Cross Arena, and it’s going to be a tough battle right from the get-go.”

“It’s always great playing Buffalo,” Dawson said. “They bring a lot of fans to our barn and we bring a lot of fans to theirs. It’s going to be a great game. They’re going to come in hungry and we’ve still got to work on things. I think it’s going to be a great game, and it’s that rivalry.”

The Knighthawks offense has not been on point the last two weeks, not reaching the double-digit mark in either game (seven goals against the Black Wolves in New England in Week 2), but that does not worry Rochester. Nor do they believe it has to do with roster moves made during the offseason.

“It’s guys getting used to each other, it’s going to take some time,” Hasen said. “Jordan (Hall) is a totally different player than Johnny (Powless)… It’s guys coming and getting on the same page. We have moments. We had a lot of moments early the last game. All credit goes for why we didn’t get so many to Toronto’s D and B. Miller. ‘B’ made a lot of great saves and he got us frustrated early.

“The good thing about it was at the end of the day, we stuck with our principles offensively and we buried our chances late to pull it through… It’s a work in progress, it always is. That’s what this league is, game in, game out. You just find your way until you’re playing your best lacrosse hopefully in April.”

Knighthawks forward Stephen Keogh, who had something of a breakout year in 2014, has not played yet this season and coach Hasen provided an update.

“Keogh right now is still day-to-day,” Hasen said. “He’s bumped up from the summer. We’re just making sure he’s 100% ready to go. He’s receiving treatments daily, and as soon as he’s good to go, he’s going to be in there.”

After a hard-fought 15-12 home win over Minnesota on Friday night, Buffalo finds themselves in the thick of the East Division race through four weeks. Two wins during the weekend could go a long way in the playoff race later on.

“Nobody’s going to run away with this division,” said Bandits assistant coach Dan Teat. “We’re 0-2 against the East, these are games we feel we need.”

The rivalry between Buffalo and Rochester is perhaps the most intense in the NLL. Both the players and coaches know how much these games mean to the fans and the standings.

Saturday night will mark the first time the Bandits play the Knighthawks this season. Last year, the Bandits’ season ended in Rochester in the sudden death overtime portion of the East Division Finals. Rochester went on to win its third-straight Champion’s Cup.

“It won’t take a lot for the guys to get motivated Saturday,” said Bandits transition player Mitch Wilde. “Especially the way our season ended last year.”

Bandits forward John Tavares has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and is now eligible to return in Week 8.

Story by Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) & Steve Bermel (@BanditsBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Micheline Veluvolu.

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