Game 15: New England Black Wolves (7-7) vs. Georgia Swarm (9-4) - April 7th @ 7:30 PM EST

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  1. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Game#15 New England Black Wolves (7-7) vs. Georgia Swarm (9-4)
    Friday April 7th, 2017 7:30 PM EST
    Mohegan Sun Arena - Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA


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    Season Series Info:
    Friday Jan 20 - Away @ Georgia = Loss 9-14
    Saturday Feb 11 - Away @ Georgia = Loss 15-17
    Sunday Mar 12 - Home vs. Georgia = Won 13-8
    Saturday April 7 - Home vs. Georgia = TBD

    Swarm Lead Series 2-1
    With Win, Tiebreaker would goto 2nd Tiebreaker which would be Record against Division.

    Key Info going into Game 15:
    Current Record: 7-7
    2016 Record: 10-8
    Playoffs: Lost in Eastern Division Finals to Buffalo
    2016 Plus/Minus: +17
    2017 Plus/Minus: -13
    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 31g, 50a
    Kevin Crowley 33g, 33a
    Kevin Buchanan 18g, 38a
    Kyle Buchanan 24g, 29a

    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
    24 - D - Joel Coyle
    26 - F - Bucktooth, Brett
    27 - F - Buchanan, Kevin
    30 - G - Jamieson, Doug
    35 - G - Kirk, Evan
    39 - D - Ball, Dan
    45 - D - Matt Spanger
    71 - D - Burns, Sheldon
    75 - T - Thorimbert, Jay
    91 - F - Buchanan, Kyle
    96 - D - OBrien, Bill
    99 - F - Veltman, Daryl

    Practice Squad: Dan Ball, Rance Vigneux, Matt Spanger, and Connor Brown
    Injured Reserve:
    Retired: Scott Self

    Georgia Swarm
    Current Record: 9-4
    2016 Record: 8-10
    Playoffs: Lost in East Division Semifinals to New England (3rd in East Division)
    2016 Plus/Minus: -2
    2017 Plus/Minus: +28
    Last Champion's Cup Title: N/A

    Top Two Players From Last Year
    Randy Staats 36g, 59a (Broke NLL Single Season Rookie Points and Assists Records)
    Shayne Jackson 44g, 43a
    Jesse King 22g, 55a
    Johnny Powless 35g, 37a

    Top Players This Season
    Lyle Thompson 32g, 52a
    Jordan Hall 15g, 47a
    Shayne Jackson 29g, 25a
    Kiel Matisz 20g, 29a

    Owner/GM: John Arlotta
    Coach: Ed Comeau
    Key losses: T Joel White, F Jesse King, D David Earl.
    Key additions: F Jordan Hall, G Mike Poulin.
    IlIndoor Preview per Stephen Stamp:
    It's hard to argue with the approach Georgia took in the off-season. The Swarm scored the second-most goals in the NLL last year, their 238 trailing only Buffalo, so they didn't do much to the offence. They also allowed the second-most goals in the NLL, their 240 trailing on Vancouver. Something needed to change. Well, Georgia has six new players coming out the back door this season. Three are their first three picks in the 2016 draft: Bryan Cole (4th overall), Connor Sellars (10th) and Leo Stouros (a steal at 17th). Fifth-rounder Liam Byrnes overcame plenty of obstacles to earn a roster spot. The other two newcomers are free agents John Ranagan and Sean Young.

    That's a lot of turnover to one unit in a hurry. Several factors will determine how quickly the massive change can prove effective. One is how well the coaching staff is able to prepare the young players for the adjustment to the pro game. Cole, Sellars, Stouros and Young have all played Major Series Lacrosse. Ranagan is an NLL vet who was a victim of the numbers game in New England but has developed into a solid pro defender. Byrnes faces a steeper learning curve since he's adjusting to the indoor game, but he won't be expected to step in and play a leading role right away.

    Another factor will be the leadership of the Swarm's returning D/tranny group. All five of their other defenders were first-round draft picks. Alex Crepinsek is one of the more underrated players in the NLL. He was a surprise 10th-overall pick to some observers in 2012, but has been a solid defender throughout his four years as a pro. Jason Noble was picked 2nd overall the next year and also quickly established himself as a reliable defender, although I'd like to see him exercise a little more discipline. Throw in rising star (and 2015 5th-overall pick) Chad Tutton, Ethan O'Connor (9thoverall by Toronto in 2013) and Mitch Belisle (13th overall back in 2007) and you've got a group that will be counted on to pave the way for a smooth introduction to Georgia for the half dozen new faces.

    Of course, yet another factor will be the whole unit adjusting to a new goalie with Mike Poulin arriving as a free agent. That may actually play in the Swarm's favour; everyone will be starting with a presh perspective and working to integrate what Poulin wants from his defenders into what the Swarm system expects of them. It will be a challenge to develop the chemistry that a solid defence relies on. I believe it will happen, but expecting too much right away would be a mistake.

    Up front, the concern isn't adding new faces, it's overcoming injuries. Jesse King is gone for the year and he was a huge contributor to the offence. The Swarm knew they needed to fill his role; GM John Arlotta proved that he believes Georgia's time to compete for a championship is arriving when he spent heavily to get Jordan Hall from New England. They had the draft capital to spend and Hall is a great addition. The veteran lefty should mesh smoothly with the team's young talent to keep the offence rolling along. Randy Staats was rookie of the year and Lyle Thompson had a good rookie year as well. Shayne Jackson had his best season in 2016 and is a consistent producer and quiet offensive leader. There's a lot to like about this offence, even with King gone and Johnny Powless' return date uncertain after concussion issues during the summer.

    # - POS - PLAYER
    2 - F - Thompson, Miles
    4 - F - Thompson, Lyle
    10 - D - Crepinsek, Alex
    11 - T - Joel White
    13 - D - Sellars, Connor
    20 - F - Hall, Jordan
    22 - F - Thompson, Jerome
    24 - F - MacIntosh, Jordan
    25 - D - Stouros, Leo
    30 - G - Poulin, Mike
    31 - D - Ranagan, John
    32 - F - Jackson, Shayne
    37 - T - OConnor, Ethan
    44 - T - Tutton, Chad
    45 - T - Noble, Jason
    46 - F - Matisz, Kiel
    50 - G - MacDonald, Brodie
    55 - T - Cole, Bryan
    83 - F - Staats, Randy
    85 - D - Belisle, Mitch
    93 - F - Powless, Johnny
    98 - T - Young, Sean

    Practice Squad (4): Brayden Hill (D), Warren Hill (G), Drew Petkoff (D) and Adam Shute (G)
    Injured Reserve (0):
    Physically Unable to Perform List (1): Jesse King (F)
  2. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

  3. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Let me hear you howlllllllllllll
    5100 expected tonight
  4. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Wow, if you howl, you are invested. Wings4life must be so disappointed in you. o_OAgain wish I could watch, but wasn't available at the start. Maybe next near I buy in.
  5. Wings-4-Life

    Wings-4-Life Well-Known Member

    You can only be disappointed if you had expectations to begin with.

    A turd is a turd.
  6. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Nice for defining someone who cannot get over ownership, and find a way to enjoy the game.
  7. Wings-4-Life

    Wings-4-Life Well-Known Member

    I enjoy it plenty. I've been to 3 Knighthawks games this year.
  8. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Just some input from the game.

    1) Nice to see 5205 in attendance for this one and nice seeing a consistent 5000 in the stands which is up from last year.
    2) Music seemed to be very off tonight and idk what happened but seriously if you are going to have music, make it something the players can play to or don't play it at all.
    3) Team got behind from the beginning and didn't really seem like they were into it tonight. Idk if it was the fact it was a Friday night but Georgia took us to town and we let them get inside and score 6 goals right off the bat and that just can't happen. Second half they tried in the beginning but they were just down too much.
    4) Refs need to open up their eyes a little bit and let the players play and let fights happen if they are going to happen. This game, a fight should of broken out sooner and the refs should of let it happen and then the players would of been careful the rest of the game and no. Georgia played tough from beginning to end and tempers were flaring in this one from the get go and because the refs tried so hard to avoid a fight, this game got out of control for penalties and stupid ones from both teams. Also the reviews for goals/non-goals need to be a little better. Sitting behind one of the goals, there was a clear NO Goal called a goal tonight and stood after review when the ball never even went fully across the line.

    Anyway the team is now 7-8 and holding onto the 3rd seed at the moment with us being 2 games up in the win column on Buffalo. But that can change very quick though, so we will see.

    Otherwise, tough loss and hopefully we can bounce back for a few wins down the home stretch to hopefully the playoffs.
  9. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    this game was over before it even started
    Kirk blew it thus why his ass never went back in once pulled. I feared an ass kicking but didn't want to think it, I said it last week and I'll say it again, this might MIGHT be a playoff team, they are not even close to being championship caliber
  10. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    It was nice to see bucktooth score, since he's been primarily used as useless to the team this season, hoping Clark ups the ante on the transition side of the ball the rest of the season.
  11. liveone

    liveone Member

    The Connecticut Sun DJ was back again this week.

    Can't they at least give here the other guy's playlist? Current pop music and "classics" like Come On Eileen and Tequila don't exactly get this crowd into the game.
  12. RockStar

    RockStar Well-Known Member

    Noticed "Let's Hear it for the Boy" at one point.

    Need something a little edgier.....Maybe Rick Astley :D
  13. dougm

    dougm Well-Known Member

    this defense is a turnstile without brett.
  14. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    wish they had belanger this year for when kirk is off
    their backup is terrible even more so that they used a second rd pick on him
  15. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    they havent exactly done the best with drafting either since the relocation
    quinn powless
    dan lintner
    seth oakes
    are what they have taken with their first rd picks
    quinn looked decent before he got hurt and now hes back and forth on rochesters Practice squad
    Linter was flipped to get Crowley back so that was decent
    and i really dont know what to think of oakes
  16. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    He's a rookie and rookie goalies rarely if ever do well in the NLL. Maybe a year in the ALL would have been better for him. We'll see if that works because that's what the Bandits did with their 2nd round rookie goalie. Plus add a summer of MSL or Senior B ball.
  17. dougm

    dougm Well-Known Member

    guys like dillon ward are rare although for awhile belanger was thought to be the next dillon ward.
  18. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    It's like as if the Eagles moved to LA, which almost happened, and you became a giants fan.
  19. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Drew is just pussy whipped by his gf
    AmericanRockFan likes this.
  20. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Not touching that, but a fan should be OK with going to CT.

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