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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
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
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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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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Wild Things: Mammoth Visit Black Wolves

The New England Black Wolves (2-4) travel back home to face the Colorado Mammoth (3-3) at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Watch on UniversalSports.com in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada.

The Mammoth are on a three-game skid, while the Black Wolves are now at four-straight losses, and are sure to put up a fight as frustration continues to mount during the losing streak. The result of this game could right the ship for one of these two teams.

“I think they are a very talented team,” said Black Wolves head coach Blane Harrison. “They’ve got a tremendous amount of firepower on the offense, both right side and left side. It’s going to create quite an issue for us to matchup and sort out. They can score the ball. They can score from both sides and they can score in transition. I don’t necessarily look at their record, or any team’s record. These guys are a legitimate force to be reckoned with.”

“There’s always pressure to win,” stated Black Wolves transition player Ryan Hotaling. “They’ve got a lot of veteran leadership all over the floor. After the weekend that they’re coming off, they’re going to be hungry and ready to go. We need to match that intensity. If we show up and play for a hard, full 60 minutes, I think that we can compete with anybody.”

The Black Wolves and Mammoth are fighting for a chance make up for disappointing losses and get back to the hot streaks that started their seasons. The Mammoth have the slight advantage as they only have one game this weekend while the Black Wolves face the Toronto Rock less than 48 hours beforehand.

“We are taking it one game at a time,” noted Harrison. “We’ll go into Toronto and put our best foot forward. Come out of that and reassess ourselves. From an injury perspective, if we’re pretty banged up, that kind of thing. The nice thing is we have a day in between to travel and kind of decompress coming back.”

The lack of rest and the even matchup will force the Black Wolves to really pull something together. Possible injuries and their current offensive struggles aside, this game could come down to a single face-off. Though Hotaling has won a modest 49.6% of face-offs for New England this year, his opponent has had a bit more success. So far this season, Mammoth transition player Bob Snider has won 55.9% of face-offs.

“In terms of preparation for me, I really just watch a lot of tape,” Hotaling said. “Trying to pick apart what he’s trying to do, and come up with a little bit of a defensive game plan against that. If I can execute that I’ll be successful; but at the end of the day, you have to get out there and battle and give it 110% at all times. Hopefully the ball will roll our way once or twice.”

After the team’s first doubleheader weekend of the season started with a 13-12 overtime loss on Friday night against the Toronto Rock on the road, the Black Wolves will need to shake the slump at home to continue its fight for the East Division. A roster full of untapped potential and the possible return of Quinn Powless in the next few weeks shines a light on the rest of the season for the Black Wolves.

“We just have to come out and play a full 60 from the start,” Hotaling added. “We do that, we know we can compete. If we don’t, it could be a long night. They’re a very good team. If we want to win, we have to compete for all 60 minutes.”

Colorado began their 2015 campaign as an offensive powerhouse, averaging 19 goals per game and remained as the last NLL team to stay undefeated. Nearly a month later, it has been a complete reversal of fortune for the Mammoth. In its last three outings, the team has mustered an average of nine goals per game, fallen from the top of the West Division and now flirt with a sub-.500 record that has haunted the franchise in recent years.

On the plus side, players and coaches were all on the same page for the Mammoth this week leading up to the matchup, including the necessity of keeping consistent in all elements on the floor.

“We weren’t perfect at the start, but we seemed to get those three wins, and we knew we had to clean things up. The last three games we struggled,” said Mammoth defenseman Robert Hope. “We know what we need to do.”

The writing is on the wall of the locker room, urgency is present, but no enough to be reaching for the panic button according to Mammoth coach Pat Coyle.

“I’d be lying if I said no and said we’re just ok with the way things are. In my opinion, we have a sense of urgency every game in this league,” said Coyle. “I’d like to say there’s a sense of urgency, but not a sense of panic.”

Colorado dropped both games to Edmonton in their home-and-home series in Week 8, where the highest scoring offense in the NLL could only register seven goals in each game. They hope to change that against New England, who will be on the back end of a two-game weekend come Sunday, and currently post a 13.40 GAA.

“I’d be lying if I said we weren’t disappointed with the way our weekend went,” Coyle added. “I think where we can learn the most often is not necessarily from our successes, but our failures. The positive is that this weekend gave us a lot to learn.

“We know what New England is like…it’s not like they are an unknown commodity. We know we have to be better than last weekend if we hope to be successful, or they’re going to run us out of the rink.”

The Mammoth’s top three goal scorers are of no surprise: John Grant Jr. (14), Adam Jones (15) and Drew Westervelt (10), and have combined for 11 during the team’s current losing skid.

On defense, Hope has been an important cog on offense thus far alongside Joey Cupido and Creighton Reid. In net, Dillon Ward continues to shine despite what the scoreboard has boasted. Much like in his rookie year, Ward has come up big at times to make pivotal saves. Currently, he is allowing 12.6 goals per game and comes into Sunday’s game with a .743 save percentage. He is expected to start again for Colorado, and has a chance to see former teammate Tye Belanger play opposite for the Black Wolves. 

By Alyssa McLaughlin (@BlackWolvesBeat) & Nick Salen (@MammothBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Larry Palumbo.

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