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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 18 Fan Poll

Top seed Edmonton Rush close out the regular season at home against the Vancouver Stealth on Friday. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Top seed Edmonton Rush close out the regular season at home against the Vancouver Stealth on Friday. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

All six playoff spot have been filled – Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado in the West, and Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto in the East. The only variable left to determine is will there be a home playoff game in Buffalo or Toronto?

Buffalo could have locked up second place in the East with a win in either Toronto or Rochester last weekend; instead the Bandits, who once sat atop the division, extended their losing streak to seven games, dropping a pair on the road and leaving their chance at a home playoff game down to the wire.
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Mammoth complete National Lacrosse League playoff field

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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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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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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