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1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Winner Gets In: Roughnecks At Stealth For Season Finale

It promises to be a special evening on Saturday night, with one team celebrating a playoff berth, while the other will be sent packing to their offseason, wondering what went wrong. That is what is at stake as the Calgary Roughnecks (6-11) visit the Vancouver Stealth (5-12) at Langley Events Centre in the final game of the 2015 National Lacrosse League regular season. Watch the game on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada starting at 10 p.m. ET.

A Vancouver victory would pull the two West Division rivals even with six wins apiece. But the Stealth would get the third and final playoff spot thanks to winning the season series, three games to one.

The Stealth are hoping to use the home-crowd advantage in their favor.

“There will be a game 7 atmosphere in the building,” said Stealth head coach Dan Perreault. “The guys are fired up; they understand the importance of this game.”

“It’s our biggest game of the year,” said Stealth transition player Mitch McMichael. “We are pumped and excited; this is why you play lacrosse.”

The Stealth and the Roughnecks haven’t played head-to-head since a home-and-home series back in February. Vancouver won the opener 13-9 but Calgary took game two, 16-13.

Until that victory, the Roughnecks had been 0-6 but have gone 6-5 over the past 11 games to get back into playoff contention.
Including that loss, the Stealth are on a 2-9 slide ever since. The team’s also met in Week 1 with Vancouver winning on the road, 18-14.

Perreault said the team can’t focus on what has transpired over the past nine weeks.

“Right now, we are healthy and ready to go,” he said. “The biggest thing is to get the win when you need it most.”

“We are prepared,” McMichael said. “We have been making huge strides the last couple of weeks.”

“You have to be amped up for the game,” said Stealth forward Joel McCready. “Western rival, at home…Lower Mainland lacrosse hotbed. It has to be a full house.”

The teams enter the game equal in the goal-scoring department as they both average 11.6 goals per game. The big difference is the defensive end as the Stealth have allowed a league-worse 14.8 goals against. Calgary surrenders a dozen goals per game.

Special teams also favor Calgary. The Roughnecks also boast the most-potent power play, connecting on 55% of their chances (46-for-83) and have the best penalty kill, killing off 64% of the opposition’s chances (36 goals allowed on 101 chances).

The Stealth (45-for-102) come in at 44% on the power play and a 44% penalty kill percentage (51 goals allowed on 92 chances). Vancouver has also allowed a league-high 16 short-handed goals.

The Roughnecks are coming off a bye week after winning its last contest 10-6 in Minnesota in Week 16. Having a weekend off to train and prepare for the upcoming match is valuable for the team, as well as the ability to rest after playing 13-straight weeks this season including two double-headers.

“The rest was welcomed, and certainly the weekend off,” said Roughnecks transition player Geoff Snider. “(We’ve been) mixing in a lot more training than I think we’ve been doing in the past based on our schedule; but it was nice to get the work in, nice to keep our stick in our hands, getting ready to roll for the weekend here.”

The last time the two teams faced each other it was the Roughnecks who came out on top in Week 7. After a slow start to the year, that game was the Riggers’ first triumph of the season after six losses. Since their last meeting, the Roughnecks have had a record of 6-5, whereas the Stealth have seen a record of 2-9.

Coaching staff believes that the team has changed drastically over the season, improving all areas of its game, as well as signing forward Sean Pollock and trading defenseman Matthew Dinsdale.

“We’re a whole different team than we were in February, there’s a lot of different aspects (that have changed),” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky.

The Stealth will have a lot on its hands as the Roughnecks sport many top scorers in the league including Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson. Another unlikely scorer to look out for on Saturday night is defenseman Mike Carnegie who has scored his only goals against the Vancouver Stealth since its 2013 season open.

Despite having a veteran team, the Riggers have fallen to the Stealth twice this year. The locker room is not underestimating the skill of the team they are facing. But a weekend off has given the Riggers a sense of preparedness; and has given the coaching staff an ample chance to come up with a game plan.

“Our locker room is filled with guys that have been in massive games, and have come out on the winning end and losing end,” Snider said. “I think the guys have really reflected on our successes and failures as a team, and individuals, over the course of the season. We have a great group of warriors, we’ve got guys that understand how talented and competitive that Vancouver team is…and we’re prepared for the biggest game of the season.”

“We’re competing just the same as they are; for our jobs and our lives into the postseason,” Snider added. “We’re prepared, our coaching staff has done an excellent job putting everything that we need to know in front of us, it’s on us to come out and execute.”

Whichever team comes out on top on Saturday will travel to Colorado to take on the Mammoth in the first round of the playoffs. Both the Stealth and the Roughneck’s are fired up and ready to compete in their last chance for a playoff spot in the 2015 NLL season.

“We’re going to be a very well prepared team,” Malawsky said. “And the guys are chomping at the bit to go.”

By Gary Ahuja (@VanStealthBeat) and Laura Bates (@RoughnecksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Garrett James.

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