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Matt Vinc stopped 45 of the 49 shots he faced as Rochester beat Buffalo 8-4. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Matt Vinc stopped 45 of the 49 shots he faced as Rochester beat Buffalo 8-4. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Colorado Mammoth  (7-10) made sure they were headed to the playoffs by putting up their biggest offensive output of the year in an 18-12 win over the Minnesota Swarm (4-13). Colorado clinched third place in the West Division and a first-round playoff date in Calgary by scoring at least 4 goals in each quarter against the Swarm, despite being outshot 63-48 in the game. Everything just seemed to find a way behind the Minnesota goaltenders, especially in the fourth quarter when the Mammoth scored 5 goals on just nine shots.

Athan Iannucci led all scorers with 8 points on 2 goals and 6 assists. Adam Jones scored 4 goals–including one on the power play and one shorthanded–and added as assist. John Grant Jr. had a hat trick and 2 assists. The first goal was a big one as it was the 600th of his career, making him just the third player ever to reach that milestone (along with Gary Gait and John Tavares). Logan Schuss led the way for the Swarm with 4 goals and 3 assists. READ MORE »


NLL Week 17 Staff Picks

Win and they're in! With a W over the Swarm on Saturday the Mammoth secure the NLL's last playoff berth. (Photo: Alex Carroll)
Win and they're in! With a W over the Swarm on Saturday the Mammoth secure the NLL's last playoff berth. (Photo: Alex Carroll)

There are five games in week 17 of the NLL, four of which hold playoff implications with Vancouver and Colorado fighting for the last spot in the West Division and Buffalo and Toronto going head to head for a home playoff game in the East Division.

The Bandits (8-7) have defeated the Rock (7-9) by a score of 12-10 twice this season, once in Buffalo, once in Toronto. On Friday, the Bandits return to Toronto looking to snap a five game losing skid and sweep the series. Also on the line? A home playoff game; if Buffalo wins they’ll host Toronto in Banditland.
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IL Indoor Roundtable: Mammoth lurk as dangerous playoff foe, and who are the top rookies?

As the top draft choice, Logan Schuss was automatically one of the favourites for Rookie of the Year. How does he rate in the class now? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
As the top draft choice, Logan Schuss was automatically one of the favourites for Rookie of the Year. How does he rate in the class now? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Colorado Mammoth played a lot of games early in the National Lacrosse League season and lost most of them, coming out of the gates at 1-5. Since then, they’re a .500 team that has looked its best in the last couple of games against league-leading Edmonton, including handing the Rush their first loss of the season. Now rookie Dillon Ward is looking like a veteran goalie and the defence has got its act together, literally, playing the best it has as unit all season. So just how dangerous can this team be if, as is by far the most likely scenario, they get into the playoffs as the third seed in the West Division? Speaking of Ward, he has thrust himself firmly into the discussion for Rookie of the Year in the NLL. Has he or anyone else done enough to make themself a favourite, or is the field still wide open among five–or even six–contenders? Make the jump to hear what the IL Indoor panel of Stephen Stamp, Ty Pilson, Bob Chavez, Marty O’Neill and Teddy Jenner have to say. READ MORE »


Who Ya Got? NLL Week 17 Fan Poll

They'll meet Friday and again in the playoffs, but will that be in Buffalo or Toronto? A Bandits W this weekend secures a home playoff berth. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
They'll meet Friday and again in the playoffs, but will that be in Buffalo or Toronto? A Bandits W this weekend secures a home playoff berth. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

Will it be the Stealth or Mammoth? Only one spot remains in the NLL playoffs.

Competing in a close game two weeks ago, the Colorado Mammoth did the (seemingly) unimaginable last Friday by handing the Edmonton Rush their first loss of the season. Trading goals for most of the game, the Toronto Rock netted the game winner early in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia on Saturday to secure the third and final East Division playoff berth and eliminate the Wings from contention. It wasn’t an OT winner like in week 13, but it was the second 10-9 W for the Minnesota Swarm over the Buffalo Bandits this season.
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Mammoth improve playoff chances, end Rush’s perfect season with 10-8 win

Athan Iannucci helped the Colorado Mammoth stop the Edmonton Rush in their tracks Saturday night. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Athan Iannucci helped the Colorado Mammoth stop the Edmonton Rush in their tracks Saturday night. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

The streak is over. The Colorado Mammoth (6-10), behind 4 goals from John Grant Jr. and a standout performance by goalie Dillon Ward, ended the chances of a perfect season for the Edmonton Rush (14-1) with a 10-8 victory in Denver Friday night. The Mammoth started quickly, controlling the play and popping four shots behind Rush goalie Brodie MacDonald in the first quarter to lead 4-1. After Robert Church got one back for the Rush, Grant ripped home a pair of outside power play goals to extend the lead to 6-2.

The momentum swung Edmonton’s way through the second quarter and they capitalized on it with three straight goals to end the half and pull within one goal at the intermission, 6-5. Edmonton really took control of the play and created way more scoring chances than Colorado in the second half, but Ward was calm in the face of the storm. The Rush outshot Colorado by almost a 2-1 ratio in the final 30 minutes, forcing Ward to make save after save. READ MORE »


NLL Week 16 Staff Picks

The third Battle of Alberta goes down Saturday as the undefeated Rush face the Roughnecks in Calgary. (Photo: Brad Watson)
The third Battle of Alberta goes down Saturday as the undefeated Rush face the Roughnecks in Calgary. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Five games in week 16 of the NLL. Four playoff berths secured. Three more weeks in the regular season. Two more playoff spots up for grabs. One thrilling weekend.

Already clinching the West Division title and 2014 top overall seed, the Edmonton Rush (14-0) start their two game road trip against the Mammoth (5-10) in Colorado on Friday night before returning north of the border to face the Calgary Roughnecks (10-5) on Saturday for the third Battle of Alberta this season. In the first two games, the Rush outscored the Roughnecks 30-15.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 16 Fan Poll

The Wings touch down in Toronto Saturday for a game with huge playoff implications. (Photo: Graig Abel)
The Wings touch down in Toronto Saturday for a game with huge playoff implications. (Photo: Graig Abel)

The playoff race continues to intensify; Edmonton and Rochester are already in, Buffalo and Calgary punched their ticket last weekend, and now we’re down to five teams fighting for two berths.

Tied after the first, third, and fourth quarters, the Rochester Knighthawks started their home-and-home series against the Swarm with an overtime win in Minnesota on Friday. Back in Rochester on Saturday, the Knighthawks led the Swarm for the entire game, sweeping the series and putting more room between them and East Division second place Buffalo Bandits.
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Rock dump Stealth but lose Billings, plus the rest of the NLL story

Angus Goodleaf made 42 saves to lead Rochester to a 12-9 win over Minnesota. (Photo: Ward LaForme Jr.)
Angus Goodleaf made 42 saves to lead Rochester to a 12-9 win over Minnesota. (Photo: Ward LaForme Jr.)

The Toronto Rock (6-9) won the game but may have lost a lot more in the process. Garrett Billings had 7 assists in the first half to become the first player in National Lacrosse League history to score 100+ points in three straight seasons as Toronto pummelled the Vancouver Stealth (4-10) 17-9. Late in the half, though, Billings fell to the floor as he drove to the net. IL Indoor’s Teddy Jenner tweeted after the game that Billings confirmed he has a torn ACL in his right knee. Billings will get an MRI on the knee but Jenner’s tweet suggests that it could be a long recovery with Billings out for the rest of this season and for the summer.

Billings was just one of several Rock players to have huge nights in the win. Stephan Leblanc and Colin Doyle each scored 5 goals, with Leblanc adding 5 assists and Doyle 1. Rob Hellyer had a career night with 3 goals and 8 assists and Kasey Beirnes added a hat trick and an assist. Rhys Duch led the Stealth with 4 goals and Brett Bucktooth chipped in 5 assists. READ MORE »


NLL Week 15 Staff Picks

Can the Rush remain undefeated? Tune in Saturday when they host the Mammoth. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Can the Rush remain undefeated? Tune in Saturday when they host the Mammoth. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

Four more weeks. Four spots up for grabs. Six games in the National Lacrosse League this weekend. As of last weekend, the Rochester Knighthawks join the Edmonton Rush with a berth in the playoffs while all remaining seven teams are mathematically still in the running.

Last weekend Edmonton swept their East Division road trip; this weekend their provincial rivals will attempt to do the same. The Calgary Roughnecks (8-5) stop into Philadelphia to take on the Wings (5-9), with both teams on a two-game win streak. On Saturday, the Bandits (8-5) return to Buffalo after losing three on the road to host the Roughnecks.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 15 Fan Poll

The Rochester Knighthawks and Minnesota Swarm face off in a home-and-home series this weekend. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
The Rochester Knighthawks and Minnesota Swarm face off in a home-and-home series this weekend. (Photo: Scott Pierson)

Two down, four more to go. The playoff race is getting hot in the NLL as wins from the Vancouver Stealth and Philadelphia Wings last weekend closed the gaps a little more in both the West and East Divisions.

Getting the party started last Saturday night, the Edmonton Rush extended their run to 12-0 with a win over East Division leading Knighthawks in Rochester. Despite the Swarm’s big boost of confidence and starting Saturday’s game against the Roughnecks with a two-goal lead and keeping it tied at the end of the second and third quarters, Minnesota dropped their tenth game of the season in Calgary.
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