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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 »


Hellyer and Schuss named April’s NLL Players of the Month

Toronto's Rob Hellyer is Player of the Month while Minnesota's Logan Schuss nabs his third consecutive Rookie of the Month honours. (Photo: TorontoRock.com/Larry Palumbo)
Toronto's Rob Hellyer is Player of the Month while Minnesota's Logan Schuss nabs his third consecutive Rookie of the Month honours. (Photo: TorontoRock.com/Larry Palumbo)

For the third consecutive month, the National Lacrosse League has chosen a member of the Toronto Rock as Player of the Month and Minnesota Swarm’s Logan Schuss as Rookie of the Month. Toronto Rock forward Rob Hellyer recorded 31 points (8G, 23A, 32 LB, 1FT) in April which is more than his last three seasons combined. The Ontario native, chosen in the by the Rock in the third round of the 2010 Entry Draft ranks ninth in the NLL with 50 assists and 11th overall ending the regular season with 79 points. Recently selected first overall in the 2014 Major Series Lacrosse Entry Draft, Hellyer had seven or more points each game in April with his single game high on April 5th against the Vancouver Stealth where he posted 12 points (3G, 9A, 7LB) in the Rock’s first win in their 4-0 April. READ MORE »


Toronto Rock clinch home floor for first round of playoffs

Cory Vitarelli and the Rochester Knighthawks downed the Buffalo Bandits 16-14 Saturday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Cory Vitarelli and the Rochester Knighthawks downed the Buffalo Bandits 16-14 Saturday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

As improbable as it seemed about a month ago, the Toronto Rock will be playing host to the Nati0nal Lacrosse League’s East Division first round playoff game next weekend. For that to happen, the Rock had to win their last four games and the Buffalo Bandits had to lose the final eight games of their season. Last night, the final pieces to the puzzle played out as the Rock downed Minnesota 8-6 and the Bandits lost 16-14 to the Rochester Knighthawks. That means round one will play out at the Air Canada Centre next Saturday.

Toronto outshot the Swarm 61-53, but both Minny’s Zach Higgins and the Rock’s Brandon Miller were on their game. Stephan Leblanc led the Toronto scoring parade with a hat trick despite being covered tightly on two of his three goals. Logan Schuss and Shayne Jackson each had a pair for the Swarm, who could beat Miller only twice through three quarters but put on a  push in the fourth with the final four goals of the game. As has been the case with so many Minnesota comebacks this year, this one was too little too late. READ MORE »


NLL Week 18 Staff Picks

The Western New York rivals play their fourth and final game of the 2014 season in Buffalo on Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The Western New York rivals play their fourth and final game of the 2014 season in Buffalo on Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

All nine teams will see action in five games in the last weekend of the regular season. The six playoff spots have been solidified – Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado in the West and Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto in the East.

To close out their record-breaking season, the Edmonton Rush (15-2) treat their fans to another home game as they host the Vancouver Stealth (4-12) on Friday night. The Stealth then return home Saturday to face the other Alberta powerhouse, the Calgary Roughnecks (11-6. READ MORE »


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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