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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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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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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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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 14 Fan Poll

Both coming off wins last weekend, the Roughnecks host the Minnesota Swarm in Calgary on Saturday. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
Both coming off wins last weekend, the Roughnecks host the Minnesota Swarm in Calgary on Saturday. (Photo: Scott Pierson)

It was the calm before the storm last Friday in the NLL as both Edmonton and Calgary defeated their opponents with ease before the close games that saw Philadelphia and Minnesota win on Saturday and Sunday in games that had most betting against them.

In a (then) top of the East versus the top of the West showdown in Edmonton on Friday night, Buffalo was leading at the end of the first quarter but the Rush D shut them out for 35 minutes and outscored the Bandits 12-2 through the last three quarters. Also on Friday, the Calgary Roughnecks scored the first seven in Vancouver, handing the Stealth their ninth loss of the season.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 13 Fan Poll

Vancouver Stealth look for a win and a little revenge as they host the Calgary Roughnecks Friday night. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Vancouver Stealth look for a win and a little revenge as they host the Calgary Roughnecks Friday night. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Oh, how the tides have turned. Unlike week 11 where three of four games were won by the home team, last weekend four of five games were won by the visitors.

Make it ten in a row for Edmonton as the Rush were in Calgary last Friday for this season’s second Battle of Alberta. While the Roughnecks netted the first goal, the Rush dominated the second quarter. Interestingly, the final 15-7 outcome was just one goal off from their first meeting. On Saturday, it looked like the Rock were going to win at least one game against the Knighthawks this season as they had a decent lead going into the half. Rochester scored seven unanswered goals to start the third quarter, going on to sweep their series with Toronto this season.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 12 Fan Poll

The Bandits are trying to stay at the top of the East Division; the Mammoth trying to remain in the West Division playoff race. Who will get the win on Saturday? (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The Bandits are trying to stay at the top of the East Division; the Mammoth trying to remain in the West Division playoff race. Who will get the win on Saturday? (Photo: Bill Wippert)

Home team advantage? All signs from NLL week 11 would point to yes.

No big surprises from the four divisional games last weekend. On the east coast we were 15 minutes away from the possibility of both the bottom two teams defeating the top two, but the New York State powerhouses proved why they sit atop the East Division as Buffalo and Rochester respectively dominated their fourth quarters, with the Bandits defeating the Minnesota Swarm and the Knighthawks topping the Philadelphia Wings.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 11 Fan Poll

Can the Rochester Knighthawks remain undefeated at home? Tune in Saturday as they host the Philadelphia Wings. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Can the Rochester Knighthawks remain undefeated at home? Tune in Saturday as they host the Philadelphia Wings. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Week 10 of the NLL was a good weekend for fans in Alberta! The Toronto Rock headed west last weekend, first stopping into Edmonton to take on the Rush before ending their double header in Calgary to face the Roughnecks.

The Rush held the lead for a short three minutes in the first, then traded goals with the Rock for most of the game, before regaining their lead early in the fourth quarter and going on to win their eight straight last Friday night. It went from bad to worse on Saturday as the Rock were down 7-0 at the end of the first quarter in Calgary. Ultimately dropping both games in Alberta last weekend, the Rock have yet to win on the road in 2014.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 5 Fan Vote

Back again. The Mammoth head to Calgary for the second time this season. (Photo: Michael Martin)
Back again. The Mammoth head to Calgary for the second time this season. (Photo: Michael Martin)

As rosters got smaller and competition got more fierce, who would have thought there would still be two NLL teams with undefeated records going into week five?

Last week was an exciting one – with both the first (Calgary at Edmonton) and last game (Philadelphia at Minnesota) ending with a score of 15-8. Rochester and Edmonton sit atop their respective divisions with 3-0 records while Colorado remains at the bottom with a pair of loses. Calgary and Vancouver split their double headers and both Philly and Minny got a win on the road in their home-and-home series.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 4 Fan Poll

Swarm and Wings face-off Saturday and Sunday in home-and-home series (photo: Todd Bauders)
Swarm and Wings face-off Saturday and Sunday in home-and-home series (photo: Todd Bauders)

It was sweet victory for five of six home teams in week three of NLL action. Rock fans must have thought their boys were sailing toward a Friday night win as they ended the half up by four; the Bandits however scored 10 second half goals, giving Buffalo fans a big win. On Saturday, the Stealth also gave fans what they wanted and welcomed a team back to Vancouver with a win over the Minnesota Swarm. Colorado Mammoth’s weekend woes started on Saturday night as they lost in Calgary before continuing their Alberta road trip and being handed a Georges St-Pierre sized walloping in Edmonton. On Sunday, the Philadelphia Wings fought back to tie up the game with a few minutes left in the fourth, but veteran legend John Tavares netted the winner 0:55 in overtime.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 3 Fan Poll

Rock open season with 16-11 home win against Roughnecks (photo: torontorock.com)
Rock open season with 16-11 home win against Roughnecks (photo: torontorock.com)

Could the Toronto and Colorado wins from week two of NLL action snap the curse of the home team? Maybe so as the Toronto Rock controlled the entire game on Friday night. Firing on all cylinders, the Rock opened their season by scoring seven goals in the first quarter, defeating the Calgary Roughnecks in consecutive years in their first game of the season. Despite dominating the second quarter, the Stealth, in their first game representing Vancouver, lost to home town Colorado Mammoth. READ MORE »