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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 17 Fan Poll

They'll meet Saturday 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 Saturday 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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Toronto Rock clinch playoff spot with 10-9 win over Philadelphia Wings

Brandon Miller was sensational for the Toronto Rock in their playoff-clinching win. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Brandon Miller was sensational for the Toronto Rock in their playoff-clinching win. (Photo: Graig Abel)

The Toronto Rock (7-9) clarified the playoff picture and muddied it a bit at the same time, pulling out a 10-9 win over the Philadelphia Wings (5-11) to clinch the third and final playoff spot in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division. With the Buffalo Bandits (8-7) losing by the same 10-9 score to the Minnesota Swarm (4-12), Toronto creeps closer to the Bandits in the battle for second place and the chance to host a first-round playoff game. In last night’s other games, the Rochester Knighthawks (12-4) downed the Vancouver Stealth (4-11) 10-7 and the Edmonton Rush (15-1) got right back on the winning track after losing Friday for the first time this year. Edmonton took a 15-11 win over the Calgary Roughnecks (10-6). 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 »


Knighthawks come back to down Swarm in overtime, Roughnecks beat Wings

Johnny Powless and Dan Dawson celebrate Powless' OT goal in Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
Johnny Powless and Dan Dawson celebrate Powless' OT goal in Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Pierson)

The Rochester Knighthawks scored three times in the final four minutes of regulation time to force overtime in Minnesota, then Johnny Powless connected 1:11 into the extra frame to down the Swarm 15-14. Stephen Keogh scored 6 goals, including four in the fourth quarter, to continue his hot streak and lead the Knighthawks. Powless had a hat trick and an assist while Cody Jamieson led all scorers–and strengthened his grip on second place in the National Lacrosse League’s scoring race–with 2 goals and 8 assists. Callum Crawford scored 3 goals and 6 assists for Minnesota and Logan Schuss also had a hat trick and added 3 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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Billings & Schuss named NLL March Players of the Month

Billings & Schuss receive consecutive Player of the Month honours (photos: torontorock.com/Larry Palumbo)
Billings & Schuss receive consecutive Player of the Month honours (photos: torontorock.com/Larry Palumbo)

In consecutive months, the National Lacrosse League has announced Garrett Billings as Player of the Month and Logan Schuss as Rookie of the Month.

The Toronto Rock forward is the league’s current points (95) and assists (63) leader. In his fifth year with the Rock, Billings is anticipated to become the first player in league history to record 100+ points in three consecutive seasons. The British Columbia native recorded 30 points (14G, 16A) and scooped 22 loose balls last month. Like February, his single game high came against the Philadelphia Wings where he had 10 points (3G, 7A) in Toronto’s 14-13 loss on March 22nd, a game that also saw Billings named ILIndoor’s second star.
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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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Perfect dozen: Rush down Knighthawks 15-11 to run record to 12-0

The Rush ran away from the Knighthawks to take a 15-11 win and remain perfect at 12-0. (Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)
The Rush ran away from the Knighthawks to take a 15-11 win and remain perfect at 12-0. (Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)

The Edmonton Rush (12-0) followed what is becoming a familiar script to down the Rochester Knighthawks (9-4) 15-11 in last night’s National Lacrosse League tilt between division leaders. The game was close for a while, tied at 4-4 through 19 minutes, then Edmonton employed their suffocating defence and put on a run with a combination of transition and the power play to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Knighthawks fought back, becoming the first team to score more than 10 goals against the Rush this season, but it wasn’t enough to stop Edmonton from tying the record for most consecutive wins in a season, which was set by Rochester back in 2007. READ MORE »