National Lacrosse League Power Rankings: Week 2

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Week 2 in the NLL is over and what do we have? Two teams that expected to do well, Boston and Toronto are 2-0 and looking strong. The defending champs, Washington Stealth, have lost 2 straight and looked terrible in their last loss. Two teams, the Wings and the Rush are 0-2, yet are the Rush as bad as that record when you consider that both losses came on the road to the top teams the aforementioned Boston Blazers and Toronto Rock. Then we have the rest of the teams sitting at 1-1 and we can fight over where they belong in the Power Rankings.

Lets get to the Power Rankings.

1(3)

Toronto Rock
2-0
Toronto looked very good for the second week in a row as they got their first ever regular season win in Rochester when they defeated the Knighthawks 12-9. Like week one the Rock got balanced scoring, shut down defense and incredible goaltending from Bob Watson when they needed it. For the second week, Toronto shut out their opponent in the third quarter allowing them to pull away for the victory. Next week they will host Boston and then travel to Buffalo.

2(2)

Boston Blazers
2-0
The Blazers got consistent scoring from their Big Three (4 points each) and three goals from Nick Cotter and they defeated the Edmonton Rush 10-7. Next week travel to Toronto for a first place showdown and then host Rochester.

3(9)

Minnesota Swarm
1-1
Huge jump in for the Swarm as they spanked the defending Champs 16-8 in the Stealth’s barn. The Swarm were led by a 7 goal, 10 point performance by Ryan Benesch. Next week they host The Edmonton Rush.

4(4)

Calgary Roughnecks
2-1
Lost a close one (8-7) at home to the Colorado Mammoth. Does this game tell us much as far as these teams rank? Not really. What it tells us is that the Rocky Mountain Rivalry is still alive and well. Next week the Roughnecks will get a chance to kick the Stealth while they are down as Washington comes to Calgary.

5(1)

Washington Stealth
1-2
Yes the Stealth are down right now. Coach Hall was not too happy with last weekend’s effort and he has to be fuming right now. Of course they are without sniper and 2010 MVP candidate Jeff Zywicki but this is a team that should be deep enough to perform without one injured star. Next weekend’s game in Calgary is huge.

6(5)

Edmonton Rush
0-2
I know this is a high spot for a team that is winless in two but consider that the Rush have lost both games on the road against the top two teams in the league, this week coming up short against the Blazers 10-7. Rookie Alexander Kedoh-Hill was impressive in his first NLL game scoring 2 goals and 2 assists. Next week the Rush complete their three game road trip as they play the team that is number three in the Power Rankings, the Minnesota Swarm.

7(7)

Colorado Mammoth
1-1
Cliff Smith scored three goals, including the winner with 3 seconds left in the game, and Chris Levis stopped 54 of 61 shots to give the Mammoth their first victory, 8-7 over Calgary. Next week they hope to get their first victory at home since 2009 as they host the Wings.

8(8)

Buffalo Bandits
1-1
Defeated the Wings 9-6 in Philadelphia. The Bandits must be pleased seeing 42 year old John Tavares picking up 6 points after being held to 1 in their season opener. The Bandits will be home to the Toronto Rock on Saturday.

9(6)

Rochester Knighthawks
1-1
I hate putting the Knighthawks this low but right now there is not a lot of difference between the third and ninth best teams. Cody Jamieson was very impressive scoring 3 goals, 3 assists in their 12-9 loss to Toronto. Finally Rochester looks like they have some talented young bodies in their offense and they’ll get even better when Jordan Hall gets healthy. Rochester will move up.

10(10)

Philadelphia Wings
0-2
Two home games, two losses and only 12 goals scored. No surprises so far. Philly travel to Colorado next week.
A longtime TV analyst for lacrosse, Shanny calls games for TSN. Shanny won five Mann Cups as a player and is the voice of boxla in Canada. Email him at brian.shanahan@nllinsider.com or follow him at @sbdshanny.

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