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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
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
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
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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
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Top 10: Dawson’S Dagger Helps K-Hawks One-Up Rock, 10-9

The National Lacrosse League playoffs always have great moments. Saturday night’s Rochester Knighthawks 10-9 victory over the Toronto Rock at the Blue Cross Arena was no different. 5,805 fans witnessed a SportsCenter Top 10 Play with 37 seconds left in the game with the score knotted up at 9-9.

Knighthawks forward Dan Dawson scooped up a loose ball with about 40 seconds to go. He then used every inch of his 6’6″ frame to outmuscle two Rock defenders en route to the front of the crease. Rock goalie Brandon Miller came out to the top of his crease to challenge Dawson. Dawson faked low then elevated to tuck the ball over Miller’s right shoulder. It is a goal one has to witness in order to fully appreciate. ESPN picked it up and aired it as a featured highlight (WATCH).

The fans certainly appreciated the goal that gave their Knighthawks the victory in the first game of the East Division Finals. It was a quiet game on the statsheet for Dawson with two points (1+1) but he certainly left his mark when it was all said and done.

“It was kind of ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’,” Dawson said. “I thought that I was quiet all game, I was kind of a spectator out there. The ball just happened to go near my stick, I got lucky with the loose ball. Caught the goalie off guard with a couple fakes and was lucky to bury it… Like I said, I think I was a bit of spectator our there for the first 59 minutes and 30 seconds out there. Maybe a bit too unselfish, giving guys the ball, trying to get them open. I’ve got to be better at going to the net, drawing penalties, getting double teams. I was just lucky the ball was in my stick at the end of the game.”

“Perfect timing,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “Can’t ask for anything more than that.”

While Dawson scored the biggest goal of the game, the brunt of the scoring came from a perhaps unlikely source. Transition player Brad Self had himself a career game with six points (3+3) to lead all scorers. He played on both ends of the floor to help the Knighthawks overcome an injury to superstar forward Cody Jamieson during the first quarter.

“It’s nice, I grew up playing ‘O'” said Self. “I love my role now as a ‘D’/transition guy, but obviously when a guy like Cody goes down, we only have three lefties dressed tonight. Guys are forced to step up. Me and Soupy (Scott Campbell) are guys that can go both ways who are lefties. It was nice to find the back of the net and contribute, help the team win.”

“He definitely was our MVP tonight,” said Dawson about Brad Self. “When you lose the heart and soul of your organization in Cody, probably the best player in the world, it’s easy to fold. But it shows we have a ton of character in our dressing room. When one guy goes down in any situation, you have guys that will back him up. That’s what our family is all about and it showed tonight.”

In fact, the Knighthawks put up nine of their 10 goals without the league’s 2014 Most Valuable Player. With Jamieson being spotted on crutches after the game, his status is up in the air and the Knighthawks may have to go into Toronto without him.

“Like we’ve done all year and dating back to the last couple of seasons, we have guys in place for a reason,” Dawson said. “We have depth guys. You talk about Joe Walters, I thought he was our best player the first eight games of the year. He’s going to come in motivated this weekend. I really do think he gives us a new, dynamic look on the left side. Hopefully we’ll be all right this weekend, but we’ve got to be better.”

Rob Hellyer scored the first goal of the game, giving the Rock the lead 2:02 into the game. That would be their only lead of the game. The Knighthawks answered back in a big way, carving out a 5-1 lead. However the Rock would not go away. They tied it up at 5-5 early in the third, then three more times in the second half including at 9-9 with under four minutes to go.

“They’re a team with a lot of character,” Dawson said. “They responded every single time we scored. They went on their runs. They made it a game. We know that they are going to be better next weekend in Toronto so we are going to have to be better.”

“We know there are going to be runs throughout the game,” Self said. “They’re a very good team, we kow that, and we have to be ready next Saturday night. It’s not going to be easy and it’ll be another tight one next Saturday night.”

“I’m not disappointed with these guys one bit,” said Rock head coach John Lovell. “I thought they played hard. It’s a tough building to win in and we gave ourselves a chance for 59 minutes and 30 seconds. I’m very proud of how we played. If we do that, we still have a great chance to win this thing.”

Fighting hard but falling short puts the Rock behind the eight ball but they head back home for Game 2 with the opportunity to force a 10-minute tiebreaker game.

“It makes us a little more desperate, a little more hungry to respond,” said Rock transition player Brodie Merrill. “It came down to a few big plays and Dan made a big play at the end and that was the difference.”

Brett Hickey led the way for the Rock with a five-point effort (3+2). He helped key the resurgence of the Rock offense with a controversial buzzer-beating goal at the end of the first half to close the gap to 5-4. He then scored twice in the fourth to tie the game at 9-9.

Hellyer also pitched in three points (2+1) to help the Rock stay close all game.

“They’ve been doing it all year,” said Rock transition player Brodie Merrill. “They’ve been so consistent. They seem to find ways to score big goals. They’re young guys but they play the game the right way. They’re great guys and great teammates.”

“They just play hard,” said Rock coach John Lovell. “They get us big goals when we need it and nothing changed tonight.

Game 2 is set for Saturday, May 23 in Toronto at Air Canada Centre, a night that will ultimately determine which team will represent the East Division in the Champion’s Cup Finals.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Brad Self
2) Matt Vinc
3) Brandon Miller

By Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Micheline Veluvolu.

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