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 »
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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 »
Week 8 was the weekend of blowouts as the five games were all decided by margins of 5 goals or more. Aside from the big scores there were also very little in terms of surprises as the NLL’s top three teams Edmonton, Buffalo and Rochester each won their games with authority. In Buffalo the Bandits avenged their season opening night loss against the Wings by defeating them 13-7. In Toronto the Rochester Knighthawks took almost half a game to get into high gear and turned a 7-5 deficit into a 17-9 victory. Edmonton won their 7th straight game to open the season as they defeated the Minnesota Swarm 14-9. Their next game, which will be televised on TSN2, will give them a chance to tie the 1993 Buffalo Bandits record of 8 straight wins. The Vancouver Stealth were on both ends of blowouts as they defeated the Colorado Mammoth 19-9 and then lost in Calgary by a similar 20-9 score 24 hours later. Let’s check out the Power Rankings. READ MORE »
There were five games on weekend 7 of the 2014 NLL season. On Friday the Toronto Rock exploded for a 20-10 victory over the Philadelphia Wings. Just over a week ago we were talking about Garrett Billings slow start to the season. On Friday he scored 6 goals on 7 shots and also added 6 assists to challenge for the league scoring lead. On Saturday the marquee matchup was the Buffalo Bandits at Rochester. Rochester survived a second half surge by the Bandits to win 9-6 in a game that showed the Bandits and Knighthawks hate each other as much as the Bandits and Rock do, Edmonton won their 6th in a row in Philly by and 8-6 margin, giving the Wings two losses on the weekend. In Minnesota the visiting Roughnecks had a 15-13 victory and in Langley BC, the Colorado Mammoth (without Adam Jones) defeated Vancouver Stealth (without Rhys Duch) 10 -9. Let’s check out the Power Rankings. READ MORE »
There were five games in the NLL and plenty of fodder for ILIndoor’s weekly “Winner’s and Losers” column but we’ll get to that on Thursday. In Edmonton the Rush won their 5th straight game as the home team defeated the Rochester Knighthawks in overtime by an 8-7 score. In the east the Buffalo Bandits also got their 5th straight win by defeating the Toronto Rock 12-10 and extended their first place lead in the division. In Colorado, Casey Powell’s return help propel the Colorado Mammoth to their second win in two weeks as they defeated the Minnesota Swarm 14-12. In other games Toronto defeated the Vancouver Stealth on Friday and then the Philadelphia Wings handed the Stealth their second loss of the weekend on Saturday. Let’s check out the Power Rankings. READ MORE »
There were only three games in week 5 of the NLL but each game was an exciting one goal decision. In Calgary, John Grant’s overtime winner was the type of goal that only he can score. After making a one handed catch with a defender draped all over him, Grant scored on a no-look over the shoulder shot. That victory gave Colorado a much needed second victory this season. In Vancouver the Stealth built up a 7-2 lead but were outshot 32-16 in the second half and more importantly outscored 7-1 to give the Edmonton Rush a 8-7 win and their fourth straight victory to start the season. The Buffalo Bandits also got their fourth straight victory by a final score of 11-10 and handed Rochester their first loss. If you want an example of why lacrosse is such an exciting game check out the last few minutes of that game. Buffalo was leading 11-5 with less than five minutes remaining when Rochester silenced the Buffalo crowd with 5 straight goals. Jay Thorimbert’s faceoff win with 19 seconds remaining allowed Buffalo to hang on for the victory and let the fans go home happy. There are some changes to the Power Rankings. Let’s check it out. READ MORE »
The NLL had its busiest weekend thus far as seven games were on the docket. We saw a couple of close battles with Vancouver beating Colorado in overtime and Minnesota edging the Wings by a goal in Philadelphia. We also saw a few blowouts including Edmonton’s 15-8 thrashing of the Calgary Roughnecks, Buffalo’s 16-9 victory over Colorado and Philly’s 15-8 revenge over Minnesota. It’s usually about this time of the season where we see dramatic swings in the Power Rankings. You won’t see major changes this week. The top 3 teams should be obvious. So are the bottom 3 teams. In the middle of the pack you could probably make an argument for any order you like. Let’s check it out. READ MORE »
Well it now feels like the NLL is fully underway. There were 6 games this weekend and every team played at least once. Even though most teams have only played twice, there are only two teams still undefeated and only one team ( the Minnesota Swarm) is winless. Highlights this weekend included the Edmonton Rush demolishing the Mammoth 17-6 on George St. Pierre night in Edmonton. In Vancouver, BC fans got to see Vancouver play their first home game in the NLL since 2004. Tyler Richards made 45 saves to ensure the home fans a victory as the Stealth won by a score of 8-5 against the Minnesota Swarm. Finally is there anyone who was watching the Buffalo Bandits against the Philadelphia Wings who didn’t believe John Tavares would get the winning goal? In a game that made you forget his age, Tavares had 5 goals, including the overtime winner, to lead Bandits to their second victory in the weekend.
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Although we can now say that every team in the NLL has now played at least a game, week two (2 games) was even quieter than week one (3 games). We have only been given a glimpse of what to expect from the 2014 season. This week we saw the Toronto Rock defeat the Calgary Roughnecks with relative ease (16-11). Although Calgary’s late run made it look like we might have an exciting finish it was too little, too late. Too little, too late was also a way to describe the Colorado Mammoth on week one when they lost to Edmonton. That was not the case in week two. After falling behind the visiting Vancouver Stealth in the first half, the Mammoth went on a third quarter run to ignite their crowd and give them an exciting 13-12 victory. Week three promises to be exciting as every team is playing at least once, with seven games on the schedule.
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