Game #14 New England Black Wolves (6-7) @ Buffalo Bandits (7-7) - Saturday March 31st @ 7:30 PM

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  1. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Game#14 New England Black Wolves (6-7) vs. Buffalo Bandits (7-7)
    Saturday March 31st, 2018 7:30 PM EST
    KeyBank Center - Buffalo, New York, USA


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

    Places to Watch Online: (US, Canada, & International)
    Season Series:
    February 9 2018 - Home vs. Buffalo = Loss 13-18
    March 23 2018 - Home vs. Buffalo = Loss 7-20
    March 31 2018 - Away @ Buffalo = ???

    Buffalo Owns the Tiebreaker.

    Key Info going into Game 14:

    Current Record: 6-7
    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: -50
    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 24g, 32a
    Stephan LeBlanc 21g, 33a
    Kevin Crowley 36g, 16a
    Kyle Buchanan 11g, 19a

    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

    Buffalo Bandits
    Current Record: 7-7
    2017 Record: 6-12
    Playoffs: Missed Playoffs
    2017 Plus/Minus: -25
    2018 Plus/Minus: +3
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2008

    Top Two Players From Last Year
    Dhane Smith 30g, 51a
    Mitch Jones 31g, 38a

    Top Players This Season
    Dhane Smith 32g, 53a
    Shawn Evans 26g, 40a

    GM: Steve Dietrich
    Coaches: Troy Cordingley, John Tavares, Rich Kilgour

    Key Additions: F Josh Byrne, F Chase Fraser, G Alex Buque, D Ethan Schott, T Thomas Hoggarth, F Shawn Evans
    Key departures: G Anthony Cosmo, D David Brock, F Ryan Benesch, D Billy Dee Smith, D Andrew Watt, T Kedoh Hill, F Patrick Saunders, F Callum Crawford

    IlIndoor Preview by Bob Chavez & Stephen Stamp:
    The Bandits may very well be a team to be reckoned with because fortunes can change quickly in the NLL. The team learned that last year, albeit in the opposite direction. As it is, there is plenty of offensive talent in Buffalo to make this team a defensive concern for opponents. The defense has a solid young core with some veteran leadership and the transition game is capable, especially with Priolo and Jones in the lineup.

    The biggest issue in Buffalo, and one that will in all likelihood impact the direction of the season, is in goal. Both DiRuscio and Buque have proven themselves capable in the NLL but neither has shown the ability to carry a team. Then again, neither have had the opportunity. Both are young, and carrying a team is something that’s learned over time, but the Bandits need one of them to do it now if the playoffs are a destination this season.

    # - PLAYERS - POS
    4 - Schott, Ethan - D
    8 - Brownell, Kevin - T
    9 - Steenhuis, Mark - T
    12 - de Snoo, Mitch - D
    14 - Hoggarth, Thomas - T
    15 - Evans, Shawn - F
    19 - Reid, Zac - D
    20 - Weiss, Nick - D
    21 - Martin, Justin - D
    22 - Byrne, Josh - F
    23 - Priolo, Steve - D
    24 - Jones, Mitch - F
    28 - Harris, Vaughn - F
    45 - Acton, Reid - D
    65 - DiRuscio, Davide - G
    78 - Durston, Jordan - F
    81 - Fournier, Ryan - D
    88 - England, Craig - F
    92 - Smith, Dhane - F
    94 - Wagner, Ryan - D
    95 - Fraser, Chase - F
    XX - Bill O'Brien** - D

    ** = Not Activated onto Active Roster as of Yet however is Traveling with the Team
  2. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    Yikes! If any team needs a sign of its troubles, that would be one. I know that goalies look really good behind good defense but I'd say the Wolves regressed with the trade of Kirk for Bold.
  3. dougm

    dougm Well-Known Member

    hard to say what it was with kirk. he has had chances to be #1 before but never maintained that vinc like standard. bold is what we thought he was, a stud behind the best defense in nll history, average without them.
  4. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    Bold at one point early let in 4 goals on 8 shots. That was terrible but Jamieson hasn't been inspiring alot of confidence, either.
  5. dougm

    dougm Well-Known Member

    jamieson has been even worse

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