The regular season is over. Let the playoffs begin. There weren’t many surprises on the 18th weekend of the National Lacrosse League season. There were two remaining questions heading into the last weekend. Who was going to win the scoring championship, Shawn Evans or Cody Jamieson? Both came into the weekend 3 points behind the injured Garrett Billings’ 101 points. The second question was who would finish in second place in the East, Buffalo or Toronto? Jamieson was instrumental in answering both questions. READ MORE »
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After 17 weeks of NLL action we now know all the playoff matchups as the Colorado Mammoth were the last team to officially punch their playoff ticket with an 18-12 road win over the Minnesota Swarm this weekend. They’ll be playing the Calgary Roughnecks while first place Edmonton Rush waits. Speaking of Calgary and Edmonton, the Roughnecks finally beat the Rush on Saturday. Calgary defeated the Edmonton 14-13 with Curtis Dickson scoring his 7th of the game in overtime. In the East, we know that the Buffalo Bandits and the Toronto Rock will meet in the playoffs but we still don’t know where. The Bandits have now lost seven straight games as they fell to the Toronto Rock 13-9 on Friday and 8-4 to the Rochester Knighthawks. READ MORE »
It took 16 weeks but the Edmonton Rush are no longer undefeated. The fact that the streak came to an end this weekend should not be a huge surprise. Edmonton was playing in tough back-to-back road games at Colorado and Calgary. Four of the eight ILIndoor writers had the Edmonton Rush losing this weekend (I refused to pick against them after being wrong the last 3 times I doubted them). However, everyone thought the loss would come in Game 2 in Calgary. Instead the Rush’s winning streak ends at 14 as the Colorado Mammoth defeated Edmonton 10-8 in front of 17,109 appreciative fans. READ MORE »
With 6 games on the schedule for week 15 the biggest story of the weekend was disappointing news that Toronto Rock superstar Garrett Billings suffered a season ending ACL tear. Playing in his hometown of Langley against the Stealth, Billing’s knee appeared to buckle on an innocent play as he was driving towards the net. He had scored 7 points on Toronto’s first 9 goals and will end the season with 102 points. That in itself is a new NLL record as he became the first player to break the century mark in points for three straight seasons but it looks like no one will break John Grant’s record of 116 points this year. Toronto went on to win that game by a 17-9 score. In other games, the Edmonton Rush were given a scare but extended their record winning streak to 14 games with a 12-11 win over the Colorado Mammoth. The Rochester Knighthawks needed overtime to defeat the Minnesota Swarm 15-14 on Friday and then finished the sweep by defeating them 12-9 in Rochester on Saturday. The Calgary Roughnecks also picked up two wins on the weekend – both on the road. On Friday they defeated the Philadelphia Wings 13-9 and on Saturday they rallied in the fourth quarter for a 16-13 win over the Buffalo Bandits in front of 16000 fans.
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Finally things are shaking up a little bit in the Power Rankings. Obviously nothing has changed at the top where the 13 – 0 Edmonton Rush sit alone but there is a bit of movement below. Edmonton defeated the Rochester Knighthawks 15-11 on Saturday then took care of the Toronto Rock 13-11 on Sunday. The lesson here is don’t bet against the Rush. In other games the Vancouver Stealth finally got another win as they defeated Buffalo 12-8 , giving the Bandits their third straight loss. In Calgary the Roughnecks held off the Minnesota Swarm for a 15-11 victory while the Philadelphia Wings earned a win in Colorado by defeating the Mammoth 14-12. Let’s check out the Power Rankings.
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The biggest understatement of the 2014 NLL season is that the Edmonton Rush are very good. Last week some of us thought the Calgary Roughnecks would give the Rush their first loss and Calgary was soundly beaten 15-6. This week, the number 2 ranked Buffalo Bandits were given a chance to knock Edmonton down a notch and they were thumped as well – by a final score of 14-5. Next week Edmonton plays the two time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks in Rochester. While it’s tempting to bet the Rush will finally lose a game, Edmonton’s last two victories have been so dominant that it makes it very difficult to bet against them. In other games this weekend, the Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Vancouver Stealth for the third time this year and also gave Vancouver their third straight loss. The Philadelphia Wings and Minnesota Swarm both put a stop to their losing skids. Philly beat the Toronto Rock 14-13 and Minnesota gave Buffalo their second loss of the weekend by beating them 10-9 in OT. Suddenly the race for the last playoff spot in the east is back on. There are finally a few changes to the Power Rankings. Check it out.
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It was the 12th weekend of the NLL season and we are getting more of the same results. In other words Edmonton, Buffalo and Rochester continue to win over all opposition. Edmonton got their 10th win in a row when they ran all over the Calgary Roughnecks on their way to a 15-7 victory. Buffalo defeated the Colorado Mammoth 12-9 for their 6th straight win at home and the Rochester Knighthawks won two road games by defeating the Toronto Rock 17-12 on Saturday and the Philadelphia Wings 11-7 on Sunday. In the only other game of the weekend the Toronto Rock salvaged a weekend split and distanced themselves from the Minnesota Swarm by defeating them 9-8 in overtime on Sunday. At least we know that one of the top two teams will lose next weekend. The Buffalo Bandits travel to Edmonton to meet the undefeated Rush in the “must see” game of week 13. Read on to find out more and to see how the results affected the Power Rankings. READ MORE »
I’m glad my wife likes sports because she didn’t mind that we spent our Saturday night watching Hockey Night in Canada and four NLL lacrosse games. We saw the top three NLL teams, the Edmonton Rush, Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Knighthawks all turn up the power when they needed to secure victories against the Vancouver Stealth, Minnesota Swarm and Philadelphia Wings. We also saw the Edmonton Rush put themselves in the record book for the best start ever to an NLL season ever with nine straight victories. My wife went to bed late in the final game between the Colorado Mammoth and Calgary Roughnecks on TSN2 but I stayed up to see a remarkable, and fitting, finish to the “Lacrosse Out Cancer” night in Denver. Read on to find out more and to see how the results affected the Power Rankings. READ MORE »
I just got back from a weekend in Alberta with a new appreciation of the word cold. It was minus 30 on the streets of Alberta but the local lacrosse teams are both steaming hot. The Edmonton Rush won their record tying 8th in a row by defeating the Toronto Rock 11-10, and the Calgary Roughnecks won their fourth straight after exploding out of the gate with the first seven goals of the game before finishing with a 19-13 win over the Rock. The only other game of the weekend had the visiting Rochester Knighthawks defeat the Colorado Mammoth 11-9. I wish I could say that there was a lot of movement in Power rankings but the only real change is that the elite three teams at the top of the heap have become the elite four.
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Even though we are all lacrosse lovers here, for those of us North of the Border we have a similar love for Canada’s favourite winter sport. I don’t mean to gloat but we Canadians are basking in the glow of our men’s and women’s team taking the Olympic gold medals in the showcase sport of the Winter Olympics. Yes I’m talking about curling. OK, OK. I’m messing with you, it’s hockey. Hockey is religion here and it’s a compliment to U.S. hockey that our biggest hockey rival is now the USA and no longer the Russians. But honestly, we do get excited about curling up here, too. On the weekend that the 2014 Winter Olympics come to a close, there were only three NLL games. The Toronto Rock got a little revenge against the Minnesota Swarm, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year, by defeating them by a final score of 14-12. Calgary took a step toward the elite three of the NLL by defeating the Rochester Knighthawks 11-10. And finally, Minnesota just barely avoided going 1-8 for the first half of the season by defeating the Philadelphia Wings 15-14. That victory keeps Minnesota within distance of the final playoff spot in the East. Let’s check out the Power Rankings. READ MORE »