Game 1: New England Black Wolves (0-0) vs. Georgia Swarm (0-0) - Dec 8th @ 7:30 PM EST

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  1. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Game#1 New England Black Wolves (0-0) vs. Georgia Swarm (0-0)
    Friday December 8th, 2017 7:30 PM EST
    Mohegan Sun Arena - Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA


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    Key Info going into Opening Weekend and the Home Opener (Game 1):
    NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES
    Current Record: 0-0
    2017 Record: 8-10
    Playoffs: Lost in First Round of Eastern Division Playoffs to Toronto (3rd in East Division)
    2017 Plus/Minus: -22
    2018 Plus/Minus: +/- 0
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2001, as Philadelphia Wings

    Top Players From Last Year:
    Shawn Evans 38g, 65a
    Kevin Crowley 45g, 40a
    Kevin Buchanan 25g, 49a

    Top Players This Season:
    N/A

    GM: Rich Lisk
    Coach: Glenn Clark
    Assistant Coaches: Tracey Kelusky (2016 NLL Hall Of Famer), Jim Veltman
    Captains: Shawn Evans (C), Brett Manney (A), and Kyle Buchanan (A)

    Key departures: F Chad Culp, F Daryl Veltman, D Bill O’Brien, F Brett Bucktooth.
    Key additions: G Aaron Bold, D John LaFontaine, D David Brock

    IlIndoor Preview by Bob Chavez & Stephen Stamp:
    A year after giving up 212 goals, fewest in the East and third-fewest in the entire National Lacrosse League, the Black Wolves regressed and surrendered 244 goals. They still managed a playoff berth but there’s no question that the offseason focus was on the back end. The changes started in goal, but not because they thought Evan Kirk was the problem. It was more like the trade New England made brought in a top goalie in Aaron Bold, a solid defender in John LaFontaine and a No. 8 draft pick that brought Anthony Joaquim into town. But that’s just the start of the offseason work the Black Wolves did, so let’s see what’s up as the team prepares for the 2017-18 season.

    Offense
    Just about any offense that includes Kevin Crowley and Shawn Evans is going to be in good hands, and the Wolves are. Throw in Kyle and Kevin Buchanan and you get the sense that the Wolves should get plenty of production from that quartet. But great teams separate themselves from good teams with secondary and support scoring, so that’s where guys like Reilly O’Connor and Seth Oakes come in because they’ll need to produce even more. The loss of Chad Culp, Brett Bucktooth and Daryl Veltman will need to be made up for, and that’s about more than numbers. That trio represents a lot of work off the ball, so the Black Wolves will need different bodies to plow through traffic to create space. New England scored 220 goals last season, which puts them in the middle of the pack among the rest of the league. You never want to stand pat because you always want to be better, so there’s no doubt New England will be trying to do just that. What they can’t afford is a drop in production, especially in an East Division that already has some great team offense in Georgia and Toronto.

    Defense
    This is going to be an interesting development. The departure of Kirk for Bold bears watching because there’s no questioning the success of Bold with the Rush. But for the first time since 2011, Bold will have a new scheme with all new faces to work with. There is one familiar face in LaFontaine, but now Bold will have guys like Brock, Sheldon Burns, Joel Coyle, Derek Suddons, Matt Spanger and Brett Manney in front of him. There is a lot of athleticism to work with, but how cohesive can this unit get? Much of that is on the coaching staff, but it’s also on Bold as the engineer who is doing the bulk of communication. There is definitely plenty of veteran talent coming out of the back door, but the Wolves allowed 244 goals last season, second-most in the league. That’s a statistic that has to change if the Black Wolves want a deeper playoff run.

    Overall
    Of the 23 players that suited up for New England last season, 11 are not back with the team this year. That’s quite a turnover of names, and the biggest impact will probably be felt up front. How quickly the Wolves can get on the same page to have quality depth is probably a priority, and how quickly the new faces on defense adjust to each other is another. If it all comes together, New England could be in the thick of the East Division playoff party.

    Active Roster
    No. Name Pos.
    77 Aaron Bold G
    10 Adam Bomberry D
    4 David Brock D
    27 Kevin Buchanan F
    91 Kyle Buchanan F
    71 Sheldon Burns D
    41 Mark Cockerton F
    24 Joel Coyle D
    21 Kevin Crowley F
    15 Shawn Evans F
    30 Doug Jamieson G
    83 JP Kealey F
    33 John LaFontaine T
    13 Brett Manney D
    9 Reilly O’Connor F
    12 Seth Oakes F
    45 Matt Spanger D
    7 Derek Suddons D
    75 Jay Thorimbert T
    17 Colton Watkinson T

    Practice Roster
    No. Name Pos.
    22 Nick Chaykowsky T
    44 Anthony Joaquim T
    23 Nick Mariano F
    67 Rance Vigneaux G

    Injured Reserve: Ryan Hotaling

    Georgia Swarm
    Current Record: 0-0
    2017 Record: 13-5
    Playoffs: Won Champions Cup (1st in East Division)
    2016 Plus/Minus: +53
    2018 Plus/Minus: +/- 0
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2017

    Top Players From Last Year
    Lyle Thompson 32g, 52a
    Shayne Jackson 39g, 45a
    Jordan Hall 20g, 60a
    Randy Staats 31g, 45a

    Top Players This Season
    N/A

    Owner/GM: John Arlotta
    Coach: Ed Comeau
    Key Additions: F Jesse King, T Zed Williams, T Frank Brown, G Kevin Orleman
    Key Departures: F Jordan Hall, T Joel White, T Ethan O'Connor, T Chad Tutton, G Brodie MacDonald
    IlIndoor Preview per Bob Chavez & Stephen Stamp:
    Offence
    The Swarm will miss Jordan Hall. The big question is how much it impacts the offence that led to Georgia outscoring the next-highest-scoring team in the league by 35 goals and the lowest-scoring team by a whopping 89. They still have four players who scored 70 or more points returning plus Johnny Powless, who only played 10 games but whose output in them projects to 90 points over a full season. Plus they get back Jesse King, who put up 77 in his rookie year of 2016 before missing last season with a knee injury. The transition game may even be stepped up a bit this year, given that Zed Williams, Frank Brown and Hiana Thompson are all offensive players converting to the back door. Georgia may not match the 14.8 goals per game they scored last year, but they will score.

    Defence
    Their own zone is where the challenge will lie for the Swarm. After gradually improving throughout 2017, Georgia will once again have a bunch of changes on defence. Learning that Chad Tutton may be gone for the season while he recovers from the Achilles tear he suffered in last year's playoffs is a big blow, particularly coming on top of the news that Joel White is out for work reasons and Ethan O'Connor is out for at least with work issues as well. In their place are Williams, Brown and Thompson. All three are good lacrosse players but switching to playing defence in the NLL is a huge challenge. At least early in the season, the Swarm are almost certain to go through growing pains much like they did last year. That obviously worked out just fine for the Swarm. If they do get one or more of White, Tutton and O'Connor back as the year goes on, that will definitely be a positive. They also have four defenders on the practice roster, one of whom will almost surely be activated once the Swarm decide between Warren Hill and Kevin Orleman as their backup goalie and put the other on the practice squad.

    Overall
    Mike Poulin had a great year in 2017 and he's a solid veteran goalie. It will be paramount for the Swarm that he have another strong season, especially early on, because Georgia may have to simply outscore opponents until the D finds the kind of unit-wide chemistry it developed last year. With the talent and athleticism on its roster at both ends of the floor, though, there is little doubt that the Swarm will be among the best teams in the league again as they attempt to defend their first championship.

    Active Roster:
    # - PLAYERS - POS
    2 - Thompson, Miles - F
    4 - Thompson, Lyle - F
    10 - Crepinsek, Alex - D
    13 - Sellars, Connor - D
    19 - King, Jesse - F
    22 - Thompson, Jerome - F
    24 - MacIntosh, Jordan - T
    25 - Stouros, Leo - D
    28 - Williams, Zed - T
    31 - Ranagan, John - D
    32 - Jackson, Shayne - F
    45 - Noble, Jason - D
    46 - Matisz, Kiel - F
    55 - Cole, Bryan - T
    83 - Staats, Randy - F
    89 - Brown, Frank - T
    93 - Powless, Johnny - F

    # - GOALIES
    30 - Poulin, Mike
    29 - Orleman, Kevin
    76 - Hill, Warren

    Practice Squad (3):
    Isaiah Davis-Allen* (D), Lauchlin Elder* (D) and Brayden Hill* (D),
    Holdout List (4): Jordan Hall (F), Mason Jones (G), Ethan O’Connor (T) and Joel White (T)
    Physically Unable to Perform List (1): Chad Tutton (T)
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017
  2. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Home Opener
    New England Black Wolves vs Georgia Swarm

    Friday, December 8
    7:30 PM • Mohegan Sun Arena


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    It's a white out! The first 5000 fans to the 2017-18 New England Black Wolves Home Opener will receive a free, limited edition t-shirt courtesy of Coca-Cola.

    Bring cheer to children in Eastern Connecticut this holiday season! The Black Wolves are holding a toy drive at the game. Bring new, unwrapped toys to benefit the United Way Tommy Toy Fund. Anyone who donates a toy will be entered into a raffle for prizes including a post-game meet and greet and photo with players on the turf!

    Plus, show your ticket stub on game day at any Player’s Club booth when signing up to become a NEW Momentum member* and receive $15 in Free Slot Play*

    *Must be a new Momentum member with no prior Player’s Club membership. Visit any Player’s Club booth for official rules. Valid photo ID required. Valid at Mohegan Sun CT location only

    Concession specials:
    • FREE 20 oz fountain soda
    • $3 Bottle beer
    • $5 Bud light draft
     
  3. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    After Party
    The Official Black Wolves After Parties, presented by Yuengling, will be held following each home game at the below locations at Mohegan Sun.

    December 8th
    Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar
     
  4. RockyMaivia

    RockyMaivia Member

    I HAVE THE SWARM WINNING BIG, 19-9.
     
  5. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    A free t-shirts AND free sodas? Nice! And the beer discounts are good, too. Lucky bastards! :p
     
  6. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Hmm,.something makes.me.want a Trimino water instead.
     
  7. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Just picked up my extra (comp) tickets from the casino for my friends. Overall the casino is decorated for christmas but also for Gameday! One of the features include a projection of the Black Wolves logo on the big indoor waterfall in the middle of the mall next to the words gameday. I also ran into Doug Jamieson while I was there and he was excited and ready for the new season. It should be fun tonight as the black wolves should be expecting a crowd around 6000ish based on the ticketmaster site for the game.
     
  8. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Thus begins my last season as wolves fan, haven't subscribed yet though. Currently watching the Uconn women stomp DePaul In chicago. Have howling fun tonight!
     
  9. Wings-4-Life

    Wings-4-Life Well-Known Member

    I'm having issues with the Roku feed. When I load the game, it takes me to the 6:23 mark of the 1st quarter and starts from there. I've tried resetting it a few times. No dice. Just starts from the same spot every time.
     
  10. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    http://d15k3om16n459i.cloudfront.net/prostats/boxscore.html?gameid=3199428

    Georgia vs New England: 11-13 Date: Fri, Dec 08, 2017 7:30 PM EST | Location: Mohegan Sun Arena | Status: FINAL


    SCORING

    1 2 3 4 TOTAL

    Georgia 5 3 2 1 11

    New England 5 0 5 3 13


    TEAM STATS

    SOG SOFF LB FO PPG

    Georgia 44 29 64 10-27 1 for 4

    New England 49 36 75 17-27 0 for 0


    SCORING SUMMARY

    1st Quarter

    New England - David Brock (John LaFontaine) 8:10

    Georgia - Randy Staats (Kiel Matisz, Jesse King) 8:37

    New England - John LaFontaine (Matt Spanger) 9:09

    New England - Kevin Crowley (Shawn Evans, Kevin Buchanan) 10:14

    Georgia - Jesse King (Kiel Matisz, Lyle Thompson) 11:01

    New England - Seth Oakes (Kevin Buchanan) 11:33

    New England - Kyle Buchanan (Shawn Evans) 12:02

    Georgia - Randy Staats (Shayne Jackson, Alex Crepinsek) 12:50

    Georgia - Jesse King (Kiel Matisz, Miles Thompson) 14:14

    Georgia - Lyle Thompson (powerplay) (Johnny Powless) 14:59


    2nd Quarter

    Georgia - Jesse King (Miles Thompson, Lyle Thompson) 1:47

    Georgia - Kiel Matisz (Miles Thompson, Frank Brown) 2:19

    Georgia - Shayne Jackson (Randy Staats) 11:51


    3rd Quarter

    Georgia - Johnny Powless (Shayne Jackson, John Ranagan) 0:59

    New England - Seth Oakes (Shawn Evans, Kevin Crowley) 4:01

    New England - Kevin Buchanan (Shawn Evans) 4:50

    New England - Shawn Evans (Reilly OConnor, Kevin Buchanan) 8:43

    Georgia - Randy Staats (Lyle Thompson, Kiel Matisz) 9:03

    New England - Kevin Crowley (Shawn Evans, Jay Thorimbert) 12:38

    New England - Kevin Crowley (Sheldon Burns, Matt Spanger) 13:51


    4th Quarter

    New England - Reilly OConnor (Shawn Evans) 2:03

    Georgia - Shayne Jackson (Connor Sellars, Frank Brown) 3:12

    New England - Shawn Evans (Jay Thorimbert, Joel Coyle) 3:24

    New England - Kevin Crowley (Shawn Evans, Kyle Buchanan) 9:28


    PENALTIES

    1st Quarter

    New England - Kyle Buchanan - (Interference), 2 min, 14:56


    2nd Quarter

    New England - Jay Thorimbert - (Checking from Behind), 2 min, 8:32


    3rd Quarter

    (no penalties)


    4th Quarter

    New England - Brett Manney - (Holding Stick), 2 min, 4:10

    New England - Adam Bomberry - (Holding), 2 min, 7:04


    Georgia

    # NAME G A PTS PPG SHG PIM SOG SOFF LB TO CTO FO

    2 Thompson, Miles 0 3 3 0 0 0 3 5 2 0 0 -

    4 Thompson, Lyle 1 3 4 1 0 0 4 4 10 4 0 5-9

    10 Crepinsek, Alex 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 -

    12 Hill, Brayden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 -

    13 Sellars, Connor 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 8 2 0 5-18

    19 King, Jesse 3 1 4 0 0 0 4 4 6 3 0 -

    22 Thompson, Jerome 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 -

    25 Stouros, Leo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 -

    28 Williams, Zed 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 3 1 -

    30 Poulin, Mike 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

    31 Ranagan, John 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 -

    32 Jackson, Shayne 2 2 4 0 0 0 10 3 6 2 0 -

    45 Noble, Jason 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 -

    46 Matisz, Kiel 1 4 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 -

    55 Cole, Bryan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 -

    76 Hill, Warren 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

    83 Staats, Randy 3 1 4 0 0 0 11 5 2 4 0 -

    89 Brown, Frank 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 -

    93 Powless, Johnny 1 1 2 0 0 0 6 5 2 0 0 -

    Totals: 11 20 31 1 0 0 44 29 64 20 8 10-27

    GOALIES DEC MIN GA SOG SAVES SV1 SV2 SV3 SV4

    30 Mike Poulin LOSS 60:00 13 49 36 10 12 7 7

    76 Warren Hill (b)



    New England

    # NAME G A PTS PPG SHG PIM SOG SOFF LB TO CTO FO

    4 Brock, David 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 1 -

    7 Suddons, Derek 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 -

    9 OConnor, Reilly 1 1 2 0 0 0 8 5 4 1 0 -

    10 Bomberry, Adam 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 2 -

    12 Oakes, Seth 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 2 3 2 0 -

    13 Manney, Brett 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 1 -

    15 Evans, Shawn 2 7 9 0 0 0 5 14 5 2 0 -

    17 Watkinson, Colton 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 -

    21 Crowley, Kevin 4 1 5 0 0 0 6 4 2 5 0 -

    24 Coyle, Joel 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 1 3 -

    27 Buchanan, Kevin 1 3 4 0 0 0 4 3 2 1 0 -

    30 Jamieson, Doug 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

    33 LaFontaine, John 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 -

    41 Cockerton, Mark 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 3 2 0 -

    45 Spanger, Matt 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 -

    71 Burns, Sheldon 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 -

    75 Thorimbert, Jay 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 0 18 1 0 17-27

    77 Bold, Aaron 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -

    91 Buchanan, Kyle 1 1 2 0 0 2 4 1 5 1 0 -

    Totals: 13 20 33 0 0 8 49 36 75 18 9 17-27


    GOALIES DEC MIN GA SOG SAVES SV1 SV2 SV3 SV4

    77 Aaron Bold WIN 60:00 11 44 33 8 10 6 9

    30 Doug Jamieson (b)



    PENALTY TOTALS

    Georgia 0 minutes on 0 infraction(s) New England 8 minutes on 4 infraction(s)


    STAFF

    Georgia

    POSITION NAME

    Head Coach Comeau, Ed


    New England

    POSITION NAME

    Head Coach Clark, Glenn


    OTHER FACTS

    GAME LENGTH: 2:05

    ATTENDANCE: 5,489

    CREW CHIEF: Ian Garrison

    ASSISTANT REFEREE: Andrew Ecclestone

    TECHNICAL REFEREE: Blair Ferguson

    SCOREKEEPER: Guy Bourassa


    1ST STAR: Buchanan, Kevin (NE)

    2ND STAR: Evans, Shawn (NE)

    3RD STAR: Crowley, Kevin (NE)

    GAME NOTES


    scratches visitor 29 Orleman home 83 Kealey
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2017
  11. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Recap:
    So I just got back from the game. Huge WIN tonight for the Pack tonight to show the champs that it is anyone's game this year!

    First thing first, Black Wolves did score first this season with a nice goal from David Brock assisted by John LaFontaine @ 8:10 in the first quarter. After that Black Wolves got up 3 at one point in the first and had a little bit of a chip on there shoulder and then got knocked back down by Georgia. Georgia did all the scoring in the 2nd quarter. Halftime happened and after Half the team came out looking stronger than ever as the defense held Georgia to only 3 more goals the entire rest of the game.

    Second thing, Black Wolves kept Georgia to the outside for the most part in the second half and overall that won them the game. First half brought me memories from the first season the team was in New England and I'm glad they were able to turn it around.

    Third thing, it is nice to have a veteran in goal who can make plays when you need them to. Bold had a good night saving 33 of the 44 shots on goal for a save percent of 75%. This will be an interesting stat to look at as the season moves on.

    Final thing, Attendance for the game was 5,489 which is pretty decent for the arena. Consistent with last season's average according to the pointstreak's site. The arena overall sounded great and the black wolves home crew definitely made it a better atmosphere this season with the new lights around the arena and better music during the game. Looking forward to the next home game.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2017
  12. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Great atmosphere last night , the LED lighting in the glass stanchons was a solid upgrade
     
  13. dougm

    dougm Well-Known Member

    kirk just did not have it in the 2nd half of most games and was not clutch in Q4. bold brought his game and remained steady as the defense denied any passing lanes. if that defense is the real NBW defense then they are a top 3 possibility to win the cup.
     
  14. dougm

    dougm Well-Known Member

    an honest evaluation of last year's season was that the defense could bang bodies but could not cover lanes and ground balls. it was built more for 2002 Toronto rock era than the athletic titans of the Sask Rush.
     
  15. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Check out the attendance numbers for Week 1.

    It looks like we are on pace for another good year in regards to our fanbase. The fanbase is growing and the first game numbers are consistent which is nice to see.
    Also to note, it seems Rochester has dropped off some as a result of their last couple of seasons.

    Pulled from http://d15k3om16n459i.cloudfront.net/prostats/attendance.html?leagueid=230&seasonid=17281.
     

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