National Lacrosse League Power Rankings: Week 6

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After 6 weeks of the NLL season many of the “experts” are starting to say “I told you so”. Most of the pre-season predictions had Calgary, Toronto and Rochester among the best of the league while not many of us were sold on Philadelphia. After a few weeks of action Philly were undefeated and Rochester and Calgary were winless. This weekend Calgary won their fourth consecutive game, Rochester dominated two games on the road including a blowout in Philly that gave the Wings their third straight loss. Things are starting to shape up the way most of us thought they would. It’s still pretty early though so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Let’s checkout this week’s Power Rankings.

1 (1)

Toronto Rock
5-2
The Toronto Rock lost their first road game of the season, an entertaining game 13-12 overtime loss to the Minnesota Swarm. Toronto showed great resilience and scored two late goals to get it to overtimes but Minnesota’s transition was better than Toronto’s and the Rock could not stop 6’6” Tyler Hass , who scored 3 goals including the winner. The Rock host Calgary next Friday.

2 (2)

Calgary Roughnecks
4-2
For the second consecutive week (and the 10th time in their last 10 regular season meetings) the Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Edmonton Rush, this time 10-9. Curtis Dickson was the difference in this game as Edmonton goalie Aaron Bold was unable to stop Dickson’s wicked underhand shots in the fourth quarter. Friday will be a huge game in Toronto as the Roughneck’s hope to avenge their early season loss to Toronto before travelling to Minnesota on Saturday.

3 (7)

Rochester Knighthawks
3-3
Last week I called out the Rochester Knighthawks for their inability to score. They responded by scoring 35 goals in two lopsided road victories in Philly and Buffalo. Dan Dawson had his best weekend, scoring 15 points and Mike Accursi, who had been a healthy scratch a couple of times this year, showed the true pro that he. Accursi has scored in every game he’s played this year including 4 in Philadelphia.

4(4)

Washington Stealth
4-3
Washington jumped back into the win column (after two straight losses) by beating up on their old goaltender Matt Roik and the Colorado Mammoth 13-6. Washington travels to Edmonton next week.

5 (8)

Minnesota Swarm
2-3
The Minnesota Swarm defeated the Toronto Rock 13-12 in overtime for their second home win in two games. In their two games against Toronto the Swarm have given the Rock everything they can handle. If the young Swarm start finishing games as strongly as they start them they’ll become a contender in the NLL. Minnesota hosts the Calgary Roughnecks next Saturday.

6(3)

Buffalo Bandits
3-3
Nothing went well for the Buffalo Bandits in their 15-7 loss to the Rochester Knighthawks. With John Tavares out for the second straight game the Bandits offence was nonexistent and the PP was 0-6 on the night. Defensively the Bandits have not been much better and Anthony Cosmo has not played like Anthony Cosmo this year. The Bandits will get a chance to atone when they go to Rochester next weekend.

7(6)

Colorado Mammoth
2-3
The Mammoth were never in it as they lost to the Washington Stealth 13-6 in Everest. John Grant Jr. was held to one point a week after he scored 11 and Matt Roik was picked apart by his old teammates. Colorado hosts Edmonton on Saturday.

8 (9)

Edmonton Rush
1-4
For the second straight week the Edmonton Rush played great but lost – both times to their nemesis the Calgary Roughnecks. Every goalie has a player they have difficulty stopping. When I played with the legendary Bob Watson he told us not to let Tavares shoot from anywhere (I’m sure many goalies felt the same). Aaron Bold’s nightmare shooter must be Curtis Dickson who scored 4 goals – three in the fourth quarter- from what looked like stoppable distances. Edmonton will hope to turn things around next weekend. They host Washington on Friday and travel to Colorado Saturday.

9 (5)

Philadelphia Wings
2-3
Philly lost their third straight at home as they were blown out by the Rochester Knighthawks 20-10 in a rare Friday morning game. Philly has been outscored 36-18 in the last two games and will have next week off to re-group before the play Rochester and Colorado in two weeks.
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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