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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
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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
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Thunderbirds Balanced Approach Is Creating Success

Carving a niche in a new city is never easy, but the Halifax Thunderbirds are starting their Nova Scotian journey off with a bang.

 

The Thunderbirds (formally the Rochester Knighthawks) have already made history this year. Since joining the league back in 1995, none of their teams had started 4-0. When they battle the San Diego Seals this weekend, they could become the first NLL team since the 2014 Buffalo Bandits and 2014 Saskatchewan Rush to start their season at 5-0 – the Rush began that season a remarkable 14-0.

 

Head Coach Mike Accursi was part of the confidence-building process of this group toward the end of last season when he was an assistant coach under Mike Hasen’s Knighthawks. The Knighthawks struggled for two-thirds of the year before flipping a switch, helped by not having pressure on their backs, and went on to win four of the last five games.

 

But that confidence, as Thunderbirds forward Cody Jamieson puts it, is fragile. As (arguably) the best team in the NLL’s, the target now has been placed on their backs, unlike last season.

 

“Confidence is an awesome thing,” Jamieson said, “but, it can quickly turn to cockiness if you let it… It’s got to be 99% confidence and 1% cockiness… we want to win way more games than we have so far this season.”

 

It could be said that confidence is exuding from every position.

 

Warren Hill is having a breakout NLL season in between the pipes. He is posting career-high numbers in Goals Against Average (8.75) and Save Percentage (82%). Those numbers are some of the league’s best in those categories.

 

The offense is balanced and is seeing strong efforts from both the seasoned veterans and the younger-but-still-very-skilled forwards such as rookie Clarke Petterson and Austin Shanks, who both have five goals and five assists in four games.

 

Accursi has been greatly pleased by the offensive distribution so far. The Thunderbirds have seven players with five or more goals – none of them have more than eight. They also have seven players with 10 or more points – none of them have more than 18. Giving defenses the challenge of figuring out which one of those many potential scorers to guard spreads the back-end out, which actually happens to be working in the Thunderbirds favor.

 

“We really wanted to create an offense that was offense by committee,” Accursi said. “If you have everyone contributing on every single night, it’s very hard for defenses to adjust from one or two guys. We have future hall of famers for sure in Cody Jamieson and Ryan Benesch; those guys are going to score, but, if you have great complimentary scoring and guys that can contribute every night, you don’t have to rely on just them.”

 

Yet it’s the defense, and, by extension I’ll include Hill and face-off wizard Jake Withers, who Accursi believes is the not-so-secret weapon of this team.

 

“I think we have a very well-balanced offense, but I think our defense is what’s going to lead us to success,” Accursi said. “We have a very deep, young, athletic back-end that right now is one solid unit. They’re only going to get better as the season goes on and we get more comfortable.

 

Rookies Nonkon Thompson, Trevor Smyth, and Corey Becker are picking up the team’s defensive system quickly and are following the lead of the veteran Scott Campbell and early-season Defensive Player of the Year nominee Graeme Hossack. But Hossack, a man who redefines defensive excellence every year, was quick to point out that the back end still has much work to do.

 

“We’ve been working very hard,” Hossack said. “But we’ve also been making some mistakes, and hopefully we’ll be learning from those. A lot of it is little things, miscues, and has to do with communication. We’re still early in the season, and we’re trying to get to know some of the new guys on the team still.”

 

Regardless of the mistakes, the facts are the facts. The Thunderbirds have the best record in the NLL and lead the North Division. According to Jamieson, though, this team can’t afford to become complacent. In a league such as the NLL that’s packed with talent, any team can test another on any given night, and sometimes that’s because certain things don’t fall your way. It’s in those moments, he says, that will show the true character of this team while facing adversity.

 

“I’d be naive to think that we haven’t gotten lucky in some of these wins,” Jamieson said. “The ball has been bouncing in the net instead of hitting the post. The lacrosse gods have been on our side lately. Sooner or later, it’ll start hitting the post instead of going in. We’ve got to make sure we stay the course and be prepared for whatever comes next.”

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