Game 13: New England Black Wolves (6-6) @ Georgia Swarm (6-7) - March 24th @ 7:05 PM EST

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    Game#13 New England Black Wolves (6-6) @ Georgia Swarm (6-7)
    Saturday March 24th, 2018 7:05 PM EST
    Infinite Energy Arena - Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA


    Places to Watch with Others:
    Arooga's - Route 32 in Uncasville, CT

    Places to Watch Online: (US, Canada, & International)

    Season Series Info:
    Friday Dec 8 - Home vs. Georgia = Won 13-11
    Saturday Mar 24 - Away @ Georgia = TBD
    Sunday Apr 29 - Home vs. Georgia = TBD

    Black Wolves Lead Series 1-0
    If Black Wolves Win, Black Wolves will own tiebreaker.

    Key Info going into Game 12:
    Current Record: 6-5
    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: -32
    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:
    Callum Crawford 21g, 29a
    Stephan LeBlanc 21g, 29a
    Kevin Crowley 33g, 15a
    Reilly O'Connor 6g, 23a

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

    Key departures: F Chad Culp, F Daryl Veltman, D Bill O’Brien, F Brett Bucktooth, D Sheldon Burns, T Ryan Hotaling, F Shawn Evans
    Key additions: G Aaron Bold, D John LaFontaine, D David Brock, F Stephan Leblanc, F Johnny Powless, F Callum Crawford

    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.

    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
    22 Nick Chaykowsky T
    41 Mark Cockerton F
    24 Joel Coyle D
    98 Callum Crawford F
    21 Kevin Crowley F
    30 Doug Jamieson G
    44 Anthony Joaquim T
    33 John LaFontaine T
    13 Brett Manney D
    9 Reilly O’Connor F
    12 Seth Oakes F
    93 Johnny Powless F
    45 Matt Spanger D
    7 Derek Suddons D
    75 Jay Thorimbert T
    17 Colton Watkinson T
    86 Stephan Leblanc F

    Practice Roster
    No. Name Pos.
    XX Brooker Muir F
    67 Rance Vigneaux G
    83 JP Kealey F

    Georgia Swarm
    Current Record: 6-7
    2017 Record: 13-5
    Playoffs: Won Champions Cup (1st in East Division)
    2016 Plus/Minus: +53
    2018 Plus/Minus: - 7
    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
    Shayne Jackson 23g, 38a
    Lyle Thompson 27g, 31a
    Randy Staats 20g, 26a

    Owner/GM: John Arlotta
    Coach: Ed Comeau
    Key Additions: F Jesse King, T Zed Williams, T Frank Brown, G Kevin Orleman
    Key Departures: T Ethan O'Connor, T Chad Tutton, G Brodie MacDonald, F Johnny Powless
    IlIndoor Preview per Bob Chavez & Stephen Stamp:
    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 three players who scored 70 or more points returning. 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.

    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.

    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
    11 - White, Joel - T
    13 - Sellars, Connor - D
    19 - King, Jesse - F
    20 - Hall, Jordan - F
    22 - Thompson, Jerome - F
    24 - MacIntosh, Jordan - T
    25 - Stouros, Leo - D
    28 - Williams, Zed - T
    29 - Orleman, Kevin - G
    30 - Poulin, Mike - G
    31 - Ranagan, John - D
    32 - Jackson, Shayne - F
    37 - OConnor, Ethan - T
    44 - Tutton, Chad - T
    45 - Noble, Jason - D
    46 - Matisz, Kiel - F
    55 - Cole, Bryan - T
    83 - Staats, Randy - F

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