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Swarm and Rush swap goalies, draft picks: MacDonald to Swarm, Carlson to Rush

The National Lacrosse League has announced a big trade between the Edmonton Rush and Minnesota Swarm. Edmonton receives the first overall choice in this year’s NLL Entry Draft, a second round pick in 2015 and goalie Tyler Carlson. In return the Swarm get goalie Brodie MacDonald and the third pick in this year’s entry draft. MacDonald had been the backup behind Aaron Bold in Edmonton but should now get a chance to be a starter. The Rush will get their choice among players like Jeremy Noble, Miles Thompson and Ben McIntosh, considered to be the top three prospects in the draft this fall. READ MORE »


IL Indoor’s National Lacrosse League Coach of the Year: Derek Keenan


Some awards votes are very difficult to make and require careful consideration of many factors. Others just don’t need to be overthought. When a coach guides his team to arguably the best season in the history of the National Lacrosse League, selecting the IL Indoor NLL Coach of the Year is one of the latter choices. Derek Keenan’s work as a general manager has contributed hugely to his success as the head coach of the Edmonton Rush. He has put together a team that is strong in all facets of the game. Keenan still has to go out and coach them, though, and he did a masterful job in 2014. Edmonton, long known as a defensive powerhouse, had a wonderful offensive season as well. They finished second in the league in goals thanks to a balanced and diverse offence that is led by star forwards Curtis Knight and Mark Matthews. READ MORE »


NLL West Division Finals: Evans leads Roughnecks to mini-game win and berth in Champions Cup

Shawn Evans was the hero again for Calgary, scoring both goals to lead the Roughnecks to a 2-1 mini-game win over Edmonton. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
Shawn Evans was the hero again for Calgary, scoring both goals to lead the Roughnecks to a 2-1 mini-game win over Edmonton. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

The little big man came up huge and the Calgary Roughnecks won the first ever National Lacrosse League mini-game to earn themselves a berth in the Champions Cup final. Shawn Evans scored both Calgary goals in the first three minutes of the 10-minute tie-breaker game as the Roughnecks beat the Edmonton Rush 2-1 to take the West Division finals two games to one. Edmonton had won the full length second game of the series 15-13 but just barely hung on in that game as Calgary battled almost all the way back from an early 11-2 deficit to carry momentum into the tie-breaker. READ MORE »


NLL Division Finals Game 2 + Tie-Breaker Staff Picks

Will it be another OT thriller when the Roughnecks and Rush face off in game two of the West Division Finals Friday in Edmonton. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Will it be another OT thriller when the Roughnecks and Rush face off in game two of the West Division Finals Friday in Edmonton. (Photo: Brad Watson)

The 2014 NLL Champions Cup will see a team from New York go up against a team from Alberta as the Division Finals pits Buffalo against Rochester in the East and Calgary against Edmonton in the West.

Each division pair have faced off four times in the regular season, with the higher ranked Rochester Knighthawks and Edmonton Rush winning three of the four games against the Buffalo Bandits and Calgary Roughnecks respectively. Hands up if you saw the Bandits and Roughnecks taking game one. Yeah, me neither. But man, they were two good games. The Rush and Knighthawks hope to use the home field to their advantage in game two and force tie-breakers.
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When it comes to running smack for Edmonton, Grandma Rush stands alone

The message in support of the Edmonton Rush from Grandma Rush is simple and to the point. (Photo: Jesse Kushneryk)
The message in support of the Edmonton Rush from Grandma Rush is simple and to the point. (Photo: Jesse Kushneryk)

Grandma Rush does not hold back. “We’re going to kick their ass,” the long-time Edmonton Rush fan tells the Edmonton Examiner of tonight’s National Lacrosse League West Division finals game against the Calgary Roughnecks. “I’m over the moon, over the sun, over the … whatever you want to be, I’m over it,” she says of her excitement for tonight’s game at Rexall Place. If you’ve been to Rush games over the years, you may not know Grandma Rush personally, but you know of her. And you’ve seen her, because she does not sit still. “My seats are in row 126 but I’m never there,” she says. “I go up to the top row at Rexall Place down to the bottom. I make sure I go into the handicapped section and make sure I see all my friends there, and give them high fives. I want to get all the fans cheering as loud as they can.” Surely, she’s ecstatic about the possibility of seeing her Rush play for an NLL championship but win or lose, she sticks with her team. “When the boys win, I give them a hug. When they get beat, I still give them a hug and tell them to try better next time.”


West Division finals: First home playoff game provides huge test for Edmonton Rush

Jeremy Thompson and the Edmonton Rush put their season on the line tonight. (Photo: Jesse Kushneryk)
Jeremy Thompson and the Edmonton Rush put their season on the line tonight. (Photo: Jesse Kushneryk)

As the Edmonton Rush prepare for their first National Lacrosse League home playoff game, the last thing they want is to be one and done. Yet that’s the reality they face after losing Game 1 of the best-of-2 series last weekend. And as the Calgary Roughnecks come to down for tonight’s Game 2, the Rush know they need to be at their best, like they were for much of the regular season when they posted a league-best 16-2 record. “It’s not like we peaked early, I think we’re still playing really good lacrosse,” Edmonton coach/GM Derek Keenan told the Edmonton Sun. “I thought we played well enough to win (Saturday) night and didn’t. That’s the way it goes sometimes.” Yet for as much advantage as the Roughnecks claimed by winning the opener, they’re not assuming anything is clinched. READ MORE »


Who Ya Got? NLL Division Finals Game 2 and Potential Tie-Breakers

Can the K'Hawks run away with a win when they return home for game two of the East Division Final on Saturday? (Photo: Micheline V)
Can the K'Hawks run away with a win when they return home for game two of the East Division Final on Saturday? (Photo: Micheline V)

Will home field advantage be the deciding factor in the NLL race for the Champions Cup? It would sure seem so after the hometown Bandits and Roughnecks picked up game one wins in the Division Finals last weekend.

In New York, the lead went from Rochester to Buffalo and back to Rochester at the end of each quarter and despite being shut out in the third, the Bandits scored six in the final frame, picking up their first win at home since March 15th. The Knighthawks have won both regular season games against the Bandits played in Rochester this season; can they use that to their advantage as game two goes down Saturday in Roch?

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Bandits upset Knighthawks with 12-8 win at home in East finals opener

Mark Steenhuis celebrates one of his four goals that helped Buffalo down the Knighthawks. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Mark Steenhuis celebrates one of his four goals that helped Buffalo down the Knighthawks. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

The Buffalo Bandits two all-time playoff scoring leaders did it again Saturday night. John Tavares had 4 goals and 2 assists and Mark Steenhuis 4 goals and 3 assists to lead the Bandits to a 12-8 upset of the Rochester Knighthawks in the opening game of the National Lacrosse League’s East Division finals. In a game of runs, the Bandits won because they had the last one, scoring the final 5 goals of the game. Dhane Smith added a hat trick and a pair of assists for Buffalo. Dan Dawson, Cody Jamieson and Cory Vitarelli each scored twice to lead the Knighthawks, with Dawson and Jamieson each adding 3 assists. READ MORE »


NLL Division Finals Game One Staff Picks

Curtis Dickson and the Calgary Roughnecks host top seed Edmonton Rush in game one of the West Division Finals Saturday. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)
Curtis Dickson and the Calgary Roughnecks host top seed Edmonton Rush in game one of the West Division Finals Saturday. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)

The 2014 NLL Champions Cup will see a team from New York go up against a team from Alberta as the Division Finals pit Buffalo against Rochester in the East and Calgary against Edmonton in the West.

Each division pair have faced off four times in the regular season, with the higher ranked Rochester Knighthawks and Edmonton Rush winning three of the four games against the Buffalo Bandits and Calgary Roughnecks respectively. Game one goes Saturday evening in Buffalo and Calgary, game two is next weekend in Rochester and Edmonton.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Division Finals Game One

The Buffalo Bandits host 2014 scoring leader Cody Jamieson and the Rochester Knighthawks Saturday in game one of the East Division finals. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The Buffalo Bandits host 2014 scoring leader Cody Jamieson and the Rochester Knighthawks Saturday in game one of the East Division finals. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

If last weekend’s NLL division semi-finals games weren’t textbook edge-of-your seat action I don’t know what is.

The Buffalo Bandits, who had been on an eight-game losing skid, were ready for a battle last Saturday in Toronto, scoring fast and often, leading the Rock after both the first and second quarters. Tied at the end of the third, the Bandits escaped their fourth quarter meltdown, outscoring their opponents, finally getting a win, and now hosting the Rochester Knighthawks in game one of the East Division finals this coming Saturday.

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