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NLL 3 Stars: Champions Cup Game 1

Dane Dobbie had a hat trick in Game 1 of the Champions Cup. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Dane Dobbie had a hat trick in Game 1 of the Champions Cup. (Photo: Brad Watson)

The Calgary Roughnecks executed in all phases of the game in the opener of the Champions Cup. The offence, defence, transition and goaltending all contributed mightily to the 10-7 victory that puts them within one more win of earning their third National Lacrosse League title. It’s kind of a neat little story that they seem to win one every five years, having taking their previous championships in 2004 and 2009. Of course, the last game is always the hardest to win, and they Roughnecks know that they are far from home and cooled out. One thing’s for sure, though: they had an outstanding performance in Champions Cup Game 1. Did it lead to them sweeping the IL Indoor 3 Stars this week? Make the jump to find out. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Playoffs Week 3

Cody Jamieson had an 8-point night to help lead the Knighthawks to the Champions Cup. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Cody Jamieson had an 8-point night to help lead the Knighthawks to the Champions Cup. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

They say that big-time players step up in big games, so it’s probably no surprise that the National Lacrosse League’s two leading scorers in the regular season were also the leading scorers in the Division Finals games held over the weekend. Shawn Evans and Cody Jamieson had tremendous games for the Calgary Roughnecks and Rochester Knighthawks, respectively, leading their teams to the Champions Cup that will begin next weekend in Calgary. Neither team had an easy path to the championship series. Both had to go to the mini game and Rochester even had to go to overtime in that game. Make the jump to see who wound up earning the IL Indoor NLL 3 Star honours this week. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Division Finals Week 1

John Tavares celebrates with his teammates after Buffalo's Game 1 win. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
John Tavares celebrates with his teammates after Buffalo's Game 1 win. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

The hallmark of championship teams is that they know how to win when it counts most, in the playoffs. That is how the Rochester Knighthawks have won the last two National Lacrosse League titles: they went 15-17 in the regular seasons but were 6-0 in the playoffs. So far in this year’s playoffs it has been the Buffalo Bandits showing off a gift for timing. While nobody could have been thrilled with the eight-game losing streak on which they finished the regular season, a pair of playoff victories have confidence much higher in Banditland. Last week they had Ryan Benesch to thank for their offensive showing as his 7-goal, 10-point night led them over the Rock and earned him the IL Indoor NLL First Star of the week. Things were more spread out on the score sheet this week, but make the jump to see if the Bandits are represented again in this week’s 3 Stars. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Playoffs Week 1

Ryan Benesch had an historic night with his 7 goals in Buffalo's playoff win. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Ryan Benesch had an historic night with his 7 goals in Buffalo's playoff win. (Photo: Graig Abel)

What a night for the first round of the National Lacrosse League playoffs. The Bandits finally get things turned around and earn a win after finishing the season with eight straight losses, largely because their offence has taken a turn for the better the last couple of weeks. To think, Buffalo scored only 4 goals a couple of weeks ago when they lost to Rochester, whom they’ll now get a chance to play again. The 15 the Bandits put on the board against Toronto was a whole different story. Then the Roughnecks and Mammoth put on an instant classic. How about a 7-7 second quarter and a 1-1 fourth quarter. Talk about games within a game. Followed, of course, by Shawn Evans’ overtime winner to send Calgary through to a Battle of Alberta division final. Make the jump to see who were the top players of a thrilling first weekend of playoff action. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 18

Cody Jamieson (Photo: Ward LaForme, Jr.)
Cody Jamieson (Photo: Ward LaForme, Jr.)

The final weekend of the National Lacrosse League season concludes and boom, I come down with a fever of 104 degrees. Hence the delay in getting out this week’s IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars. It was a good weekend for a number of goalies, three of them posting save percentages in the high .800s, including two in the same game. Of course, there were some highlights on the offensive end as well, although it wasn’t a weekend where lots of guys put up a bunch of goals. There were seven hat tricks around the league and only two of those guys actually scored more than three goals. Make the jump to see who put up the most impressive performances of Week 18. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 17

Curtis Dickson shows off the sidearm shot that he put to such great use against Edmonton. (Photo: Christan Anderson)
Curtis Dickson shows off the sidearm shot that he put to such great use against Edmonton. (Photo: Christan Anderson)

Curtis Dickson scored 7 goals against the Edmonton Rush on Saturday without going horizontal. That is surprising from the forward that’s come to be known as Superman, but it displayed the lethal shot that makes him such a threat any time the Roughnecks have the ball. His performance, which included the winning goal in overtime, also made it rather easy to select this week’s IL Indoor National Lacrosse League 3 Stars’ top spot. There were lots of other players who had great games over the weekend, though, making it much more difficult to separate the other pair of top performers from the Honourable Mentions, many of whom could have easily made the grade. Make the jump to see who earns the laurels this week. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 16

Curtis Knight had the first 8-point night of his career for Edmonton Saturday. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
Curtis Knight had the first 8-point night of his career for Edmonton Saturday. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

It’s getting close to playoff time in the National Lacrosse League. That means a little extra pressure in some of the games where playoff spots are on the line. A couple of the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars this week will be guys who stepped up when their team really needed them and helped to get their club either into or closer to the postseason. The importance of games is always magnified at this time of year, and the spotlight shines on the players who play the best at the most important times. Of course, there are players who always play well, and you’ll find some of them among the Honourable Mentions as well after an exciting Week 16 of the NLL season. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 15

Stephen Keogh had a big goal game and a big assist game for Rochester over the weekend. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)
Stephen Keogh had a big goal game and a big assist game for Rochester over the weekend. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)

What a weekend for the offensive guys. Seven players scored 10 or more points in Week 15, including three of them hitting double digits in a single game. That’s the kind of weekend that makes it challenging to select the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars; not that it isn’t always challenging trying to pick the top three performances from among the array of stars that call the National Lacrosse League home. For you fans of the defensive side of the game, though, don’t worry. We’ve still got some love for the guys who specialize in stopping the ball from going into the net rather than helping it to do so. Make the jump to see this week’s top performers. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 14

Captain Chris Corbeil is leading in many ways for the Edmonton Rush.
Captain Chris Corbeil is leading in many ways for the Edmonton Rush.

Watching the Edmonton Rush play is like watching a clinic in how to play the game of lacrosse as a team. It’s a pleasure to see a team play such a complete, unselfish brand of the game. One thing the Rush don’t do, however, is pile up a lot of individual accomplishments. The scoring tends to be spread around; the defence appears to flow to where it needs to be like water, with no individual necessarily standing out; and goalie Aaron Bold is very good but seldom faces enough shots that it makes you say he was the difference in a game. That’s how you can explain only three Rush players being selected among the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars in the first 13 weeks of the season (Curtis Knight, Kyle Rubisch and Bold once each). Surely they have to have someone in the mix after another pair of wins to push them to 13 in a row, the most in a single season in NLL history. Make the jump to find out. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 13

Kevin Crowley had a monster game for Philadelphia vs Toronto. (Photo: Todd Bauders)
Kevin Crowley had a monster game for Philadelphia vs Toronto. (Photo: Todd Bauders)

Big wins for the Philadelphia Wings and Minnesota Swarm this weekend. Both teams pulled out tight victories over East Division rivals to keep themselves relevant in the playoff chase. Minnesota still faces an uphill battle because they sit a game and a half back of the Toronto Rock and have lost the season series to Toronto. But all they could do on Sunday was beat the Bandits and they did that, so they still have hope. For Philadelphia to retain realistic hope, they needed to down the Rock Saturday and they also got the job done. Now a whole lot rides on the Wings’ return trip to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on April 12. Philly will certainly be hoping their big stud, Kevin Crowley, can continue the kind of play he showed in a breakout game Saturday. Make the jump to see where his performance landed him in the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars, plus the rest of the honorees. READ MORE »