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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
18:00:00
Philadelphia
Halifax
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
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
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
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
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
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
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West Division Semifinal: Roughnecks At Mammoth

Common enemies meet yet again on the turf, this time with the stakes raised a mile high as the Colorado Mammoth (9-9) host the Calgary Roughnecks at Pepsi Center for the single-elimination West Division Semifinal on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. Watch live on WatchESPN in the United States and on TSN1 & TSN GO in Canada. The game also airs live on MSG+, NESNplus, MASN2, Time Warner Cable Sports Network NY, Altitude (U.S.) & ASN (Asia).

As the top-seeded Edmonton Rush await the winner of this game for the West Division Finals, sounding like a broken record is an understatement at this point when talking about Calgary and Colorado. Both teams win in regulation, in close battles, in blowouts, in overtimes. Along the way it’s been a blender of respect, hatred and bittersweet outcomes.

Including regular season and playoffs, seven of the last 11 meetings between the two clubs have gone to overtime, with Colorado winning the last two in the regular season that have gone to an extra frame.

Now meeting for the fifth time in the postseason since 2009, fans just need to sit back and get their popcorn ready.

To both the Mammoth coaching trio of Dan Stroup, Pat Coyle and Chris Gill, as well as Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky, it’s a clean slate when regarding the past.

“It’s nice to be playing at home, hopefully it will energize the boys,” said Mammoth coach Dan Stroup. “But I think the record speaks for itself with playing Calgary. I mean there’s been so many overtimes…if that pushes us over the edge, that’s great, but both teams are going to be ready to go.”

Calgary is not the only nemesis awaiting the Mammoth on Saturday night, as history has been an equally-nagging adversary. Despite being on the winning end two times out of three in the regular season this year against the Riggers, Colorado’s rival has beaten them when it counts the most- in the playoffs- time and time again.

The Mammoth have been one-and-done in their seven post-championship season playoff matchups. There have been close, and some not-so-close losses, but in those seven postseason appearances, Calgary has won five of them (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014).  

That’s quite a monkey on the burgundy club’s back.

Mammoth defenseman Dan Coates though commented earlier this week, echoing much of what Stroup and Malawsky said. When asked if the locker room is using past postseason matchups versus Calgary as an extra spark among the roster, he was quick to answer.

“Not really one bit,” he said. “You can’t look at the past. You can look at the record; yes Calgary has had our number, we can only look forward. We’re expecting a great game, we’re confident within our locker room and it feels like a family.”

That family consists of a good mix of experienced postseason veterans as well as young talent that haven’t felt the extra pull of the road to the Champions Cup. Compared to Calgary’s well-experienced roster, it’s no worry to Stroup and company, and it further adds to the notion of another classic matchup with their rival north of the border.

“They’re gamers, that’s why they’re on the team,” said Stroup about the team’s young contributors. “They’ve proven themselves…all of the coaching staff has confidence in every player on that team. They’re going to bring some energy, but I think in the end…it’s probably going to come down to one goal.”

In the 2015 regular season matchups, the home team won in all three games. In those outings, Colorado’s offense has been highlighted by Adam Jones and John Grant, Jr., who remain the top two in points among the team. Jones has combined for 15 points (9+6) and Grant with 13 (9+4) in those three games versus the Rouchnecks, and have faced both Mike Poulin and Frankie Scigliano in net.

In the last two games, Jones put up 12 points (9+3) versus the Rush as Colorado wrapped up the regular season, while Grant has been blanked on the scoresheet, and marked five assists. Drew Westervelt stepped back into the scoring light last game with a hat trick, combining for four goals in his last five games.

Bob Snider meanwhile has been absent from the Mammoth bench as of late where he last suited up on April 11, and is unknown if that trend will continue, or if we will see him in the faceoff circle against his brother.

“It’s up in the air,” Stroup admitted about Snider’s potential insertion into the lineup. “He’s a great player and nothing has been decided yet. That’s the tough part about coaching is that we’ve got 20-plus players that can make our lineup and they all bring something different. That will be a decision later in the week, possibly right up to game time.”

That goes without saying any roster move is in play for the Mammoth, even who is between the pipes, as netminding has been the most concerning aspect among Mammoth fans as of late.

Dillon Ward wrapped up the regular season tying his rookie year mark of seven wins after being named the starting goaltender over then-teammate Tye Belanger. He tied that feat this season as the expected starter all year, but in the last two games has been relieved by Alex Buque just over halfway through the game in terms of game time, and in total has been pulled three out of the last four outings.

After a slow 0-6 start to the 2015 NLL season, the Roughnecks managed to clinch the third and final playoff berth in the West by defeating the Vancouver Stealth in a winner-take-all game by a score of 14-13 last weekend. The Riggers fought hard to obtain a playoff spot. In the end, it was character that aided them when it came down to the last game of the regular season.

“Over the last few years we’ve been a very resilient bunch, to start out the season the way we did and to be able to battle through the adversity,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky. “To be able come down to one game at the end of the season, and the way it went for our start. We struggled a little bit in the beginning, and then we put it on, and then come fourth quarter we struggled a little bit more. But at the end of the day, our character shined through, and we were able to get the results.”

After the worst start to the season the organization has ever seen, the ‘Necks have learned many lessons. What they need to do now is carry that experience into the playoffs. The team is feeling confident about Saturday’s game, but not just because they defeated the Stealth in the playoff-like regular season finale.

“I think if we’re riding any high, it’s a high that we’ve learned a lot about ourselves as men, as teammates, and as professionals,” said Roughnecks transition player Geoff Snider. “A massive amount of adversity this year, more than I think this organization has ever seen. Any team that I’ve ever been on has been a process. I think we’re excited that we’ve really had to earn things, I think that’s been our sort of mantra the entire season; is that respect is earned. We certainly had to do that this year, and an 0-6 start I think we were counted out a lot of the time here. We were scrappy and resilient and we’ve really come together as a group, and we’re just hoping to carry that forward into a very tough building to play, into a very talented well-coached team.”

The Roughnecks have had seven of its last 10 regular season games go to overtime, 8 of 12 games if you include the playoffs. In the 2014 NLL season, the Roughnecks managed to defeat Colorado in the Division Semifinal via Shawn Evan’s OT winner. However, not worrying about the past is the team’s motto this season. They are keeping their attention to playing this weekend against a team they consider their equal.

“The record in overtime means nothing,” Malawsky admitted. “I expect the game to be a one-goal game…We expect a real tough battle. They’re very-evenly matched teams. They’ve got a great coaching staff, and they’re going be very well prepared so it’s going to be a tall order for us going down there. But we’ve been down this road before, this is a battle-tested group and we’re excited to get going this weekend.”

The Mammoth and Roughnecks both have strong teams and organizations. The locker room is feeling prepared and looking forward to taking on this weekend’s challenge.

“Between Calgary and Colorado, you feel like a pro playing in both places,” Snider said. “They do it right there, the sport certainly is growing in Colorado strictly because of the Mammoth, and we’re excited to go in. They play us tight, we play them tight. It’s going to be a great showing for the sport.”

By Nick Salen (@MammothBeat) and Laura Bates (@RoughnecksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Brad Watson.

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