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Game 14: New England Black Wolves (6-7) vs. Toronto Rock (8-6) - April 2nd @ 1:00 PM EST

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  1. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Game#14 New England Black Wolves (6-7) vs. Toronto Rock (8-6)
    Sunday April 2nd, 2017 1:00 PM EST
    Mohegan Sun Arena - Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA


    Places to Watch with Others:
    At the Game at Mohegan Sun Arena!


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

    Season Series Info:
    Friday March 3 - Away @ Toronto = Won 10-9 OT
    Saturday April 2 - Home vs. Toronto = TBD

    Black Wolves Lead Series 1-0!

    Key Info going into Game 14:
    Current Record: 6-7
    2016 Record: 10-8
    Playoffs: Lost in Eastern Division Finals to Buffalo
    2016 Plus/Minus: +17
    2017 Plus/Minus: -14
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2001, as Philadelphia Wings

    Top Two Players From Last Year:
    Shawn Evans 50g, 68a
    Kevin Crowley 33g, 57a
    Evan Kirk (2016 NLL Goalie Of The Year)

    Top Players This Season:
    Shawn Evans 28g, 49a
    Kevin Crowley 31g, 30a
    Kevin Buchanan 17g, 34a
    Kyle Buchanan 22g, 26a

    GM: Rich Lisk (2016 NLL GM of the Year Runner-Up)
    Coach: Glenn Clark (2016 NLL Head Coach of the Year - The Les Bartley Award Winner)
    Assistant Coaches: Tracey Kelusky (2016 NLL Hall Of Famer), Jim Veltman
    Captains: Shawn Evans (C), Brett Manney (A), and Kyle Buchanan (A)

    Key losses: F Jordan Hall, D Andrew Suitor, F Pat Saunders
    Key additions: F Reilly O’Connor, D Scott Self, F Seth Oakes, D Chad Culp, D Jay Thorimbert.

    Draft Additions: Selected Seth Oakes (Albany) with first-round pick, Selected Doug Jamieson (Onondaga) with second-round pick, and Selected Joel Coyle (Conestoga) with a third-round pick. Seth and Doug have made the Active Roster for the Season.

    IlIndoor Preview by Stephen Stamp:
    Given what a strong season the Black Wolves had from start to (almost) finish in 2016, it's easy to forget how much of a surprise it was that they were so good. With Glenn Clark and Jim Veltman joining Tracey Kelusky on the bench, and with Shawn Evans, Kevin Crowley and Derek Suddons added to the roster, the pieces were in place for an improvement, but nobody expected New England to go from 4-14 to 10-8 and a berth in Eastern Conference finals in one season.

    That's just what they did, though. Now they have to guard against the backsliding that often occurs the season after a pro sports team makes big gains. They appear to be prepared to continue improving rather than losing momentum. Faceoff man Jay Thorimbert and epic mucker Chad Culp are just the kind of additions that help give a team the depth to go further in the playoffs. Scott Self brings more veteran presence and leadership and Matt Spanger a dose of athleticism and energy to the back end. Sheldon Burns had a breakout season in transition last year and Zac Reid is poised to garner more notice for his tough and reliable defence.

    With righty Seth Oakes coming in the first round of this year's draft and lefty Reilly O'Connor (Calgary's first-rounder last year) coming in a trade, the offence should have the depth to overcome injuries or slumps by other forwards. If Evan Kirk can build on, or at least maintain, the play from his goalie of the year season, there don't appear to be many holes in the Black Wolves lineup. The defending conference champion Bandits still constitute a major hurdle to overcome, but New England has to feel confident that it's better prepared to compete with Buffalo for a shot to reach the Champion’s Cup.

    # - POS - PLAYER
    2 - T - Hotaling, Ryan
    7 - D - Suddons, Derek
    9 - F - O'Connor, Reilly
    12 - F - Oakes, Seth
    13 - D - Manney, Brett
    15 - F - Evans, Shawn
    17 - D - Reid, Zac
    18 - D - Searle, Derek
    19 - F - Clup, Chad
    21 - F - Crowley, Kevin
    26 - F - Bucktooth, Brett
    27 - F - Buchanan, Kevin
    30 - G - Jamieson, Doug
    35 - G - Kirk, Evan
    39 - D - Ball, Dan
    71 - D - Burns, Sheldon
    75 - T - Thorimbert, Jay
    91 - F - Buchanan, Kyle
    96 - D - OBrien, Bill
    99 - F - Veltman, Daryl

    Practice Squad: Joel Coyle, Rance Vigneux, Matt Spanger, and Connor Brown
    Retired: Scott Self

    Current Record: 8-5
    2016 Record: 5-13
    Playoffs: Did Not Make Playoffs in 2016
    2016 Plus/Minus: -34
    2017 Plus/Minus: +29
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2011

    Top Two Players From Last Year
    Rob Hellyer 45g, 68a
    Stephan LeBlanc 32g, 38a

    Top Players This Season
    Tom Schreiber 20g, 46a
    Brett Hickey 32g, 22a
    Stephan LeBlanc 17g, 34a
    Turner Evans 8g, 28a

    Owner/GM: Jamie Dawick
    Coach: John Lovell

    Key losses: F Colin Doyle, F Josh Sanderson, Kevin Ross.
    Key additions: G Steve Fryer, F Kieran McArdle, F Tom Schreiber, D Connor Buczek.

    IlIndoor Preview by Stephen Stamp:
    There's no need to sugar coat it: 2016 was a terrible year for the Toronto Rock. They went from a league-best 14-4 and a berth in the 2015 Champion's Cup final to a league-worst 5-13 and a summer of wondering what went wrong.

    Injuries is an easy answer, but of course there was more to it. One of the challenges when your team is successful, as the Rock had been for a string of years, is maintaining the core of your lineup while infusing enough new blood to keep the roster from getting old all at once. The Rock may have leaned a bit too heavily on the former at the expense of the latter. It's a fine line, and one that's much easier to see in retrospect. With the gift of hindsight, this year's roster rejuvenation is coming just a little too late to keep the run of playoff appearances rolling.

    The Rock are hoping a heaping serving of fresh talent will get another run started, and there are plenty of new faces on the roster now to get that rejuvenation kick started. Toronto enters the season with five NLL rookies and three players entering their second year in the league. The big news, of course, is the arrival of a trio of Americans fresh from the Major League Lacrosse ranks.

    That makes for a lot of adjustments happening, and they need to happen in a short period of time if the Rock are going to return to postseason play, given how strong the top three teams in the East Division last year look like they'll be again: it isn't going to be easy to catch Buffalo, New England or Georgia.

    The newcomers definitely bring plenty of talent and athleticism to the table. Americans Tom Schreiber, Keiran McArdle and Connor Busczek are new to the NLL, but they are no strangers to high-level competition. The same can be said of fellow rookie and second overall draft pick Challen Rogers, who was a Minto Cup regular with the Coquitlam Adanacs and had a summer with the Oakville Rock to adapt to playing against men.

    Latrell Harris is the fifth rookie and faces the steepest learning curve. He's still just 18 years old and finishing up high school at Denis Morris Catholic School in St. Catharines. Toronto took him 12th overall in the draft even though the youngster didn't have a particularly good combine because they believed his athleticism and lacrosse IQ would allow him to thrive quickly at the pro level. All reports from training camp suggest that he is making excellent progress and is ready for the NLL.

    Still, despite the new talent and the optimism and the three straight preseason wins, 2017 is going to be a challenging year for the Rock. With only nine teams in the NLL, everyone is talented. Veteran leadership from players like new captain Brodie Merrill, Sandy Chapman, Stephan Leblanc and Kasey Beirnes can go a long way towards helping the newcomers get into the flow of the NLL. There are bound to be growing pains, though. The big question is whether the growth they reflect will happen quickly enough for the Rock to earn a trip back to the playoffs in the first year of the rebuild. It will certainly be interesting to watch the answer to that question play out.

    # - POS - PLAYER
    4 - T - Gamble, Jesse
    5 - D - Chapman, Sandy
    6 - F - McArdle, Kieran
    11 - F - Hickey, Brett
    15 - F - Evans, Turner
    17 - F - Leblanc, Stephan
    20 - D - Kri, Bradley
    22 - F - Caputo, Phil
    23 - D - Rogers, Challen
    26 - F - Schreiber, Tom
    35 - G - Miller, Brandon
    37 - T - Merrill, Brodie
    41 - F - Lintner, Dan
    44 - D - Gilbert, Jeff
    45 - D - Edwards, Damon
    66 - G - Rose, Nick
    82 - D - Magnuson, Jordan
    91 - D - Hostrawser, Billy
    93 - D - Harris, Latrell
    97 - F - Reinholdt, Reid
    33 - F - Beirnes, Kasey
    ## - D - Marshall, Rob
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2017
  2. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    From the Black Wolves Facebook Page:

    Spring Break's not over yet. Join the Black Wolves in beautiful Uncasville for College Day. Sunday, April 2 at 1 PM. The party includes: discounted tickets, $5 mixed drinks, $2 Yuenglings, and $1 hot dogs. Cancun? You're on notice.

    bit.ly/2o6Q38h | USE CODE: COLLEGE
  3. RockStar

    RockStar Well-Known Member

    great booze promo!

    over/under on fan fights just shot up to 6!
  4. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    I wish it was a Saturday night game
    I'll have 1 beer with lunch then switch to soda because I gotta drive the 5 hours home after
  5. RockStar

    RockStar Well-Known Member

    cheap booze and young men leads to stupidity. It cannot be helped, because deep down inside, we're all a tiny bit Irish. Or Polish. And one drink often leads to great ideas.......like 10 drinks

    I can remember one time when a novice bartender was selecting the product for the $2 shooter special at a college pub night a million years ago.

    the vets always picked some candy ass thing that had lots of sugar and very little alcohol.

    the newb put tequila and Sambuca on sale.....so, the idiots that would slam a few of those at full price instead slammed 4x as many.

    place was loonier than the Wings-Turbos brawl!
  6. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Ouch, ouch, ouch and ouch, oh what the pain must have been in the AM.
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  7. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    The thought of tequila makes me dry heave , sambuca ain't far behind
  8. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Nothing better than kamikaze bug sprayer shots from E on a wings fan bus. Unfortunately i only was able to experience that once.
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  9. AmericanRockFan

    AmericanRockFan Well-Known Member

    The over/under would've shot up to 7 if I was gonna be in Connecticut this weekend with that deal on booze :eek:
    RockStar likes this.
  10. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Updated: Toronto Loss to Vancouver in Vancouver last night 14-11! Talk about one hell of a road trip going West Coast to East Coast in the same weekend. Toronto now 8-6.
  11. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Its Game Day everyone! Looking crowd for this one. I'm estimating around 5k for this one as the majority of the seats available at this point are in the upper level high in the corners and behind the goals.
  12. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    I figure 5750
  13. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Lol how come on ones ever mentioned the obstructed views on the upper level behind the goals
  14. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

  15. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Yeah the seats in the upper level behind the goals are not that great after you get above the second row.
  16. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Are you kidding? First row sucks. They get blitzed with smoke after a home goal that end.
  17. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Looking at the box, must have been a good game, and always good to beat the Rock.
  18. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    The game actually was a good game. Team came out strong in First Half, Second Half came out slow but stayed with it. Defense was keeping up with the strength early and luckily helped to not blow a 5 goal lead late to eventually to stay ahead by 1 for the Win!

    Official Attendance of Game: 5255
    Average Attendance on Season: 5299 in 7 Home Games (5004 average in 6 Home Games when not counting the home opener)
  19. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Not my seats I sit in 107
    But it's kinda messed up
    They even sell them , I never once though about obstructed views , nor is it mentioned on the website

    As for the game, they didn't deserve to win and had the rock not played in Vancouver Friday night, I think they would of blown the doors off NE
    Way too many second chance opportunities for Toronto, Kirk was mediocre even though he got peppered , many of torontos shots weren't howitzers.
  20. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    With the loss in NE, Toronto is now 8-7 and NE has the head to head tiebreaker over them (NE only plays Toronto twice this year). NE is in good shape with the 1st tiebreakers over Toronto and Buffalo. A win over Georgia this week puts NE in 2nd place since they will have the same record as the Rock but have the tiebreaker.

    Nothing is decided but NE is in great shape right now with tiebreakers in the East.

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