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Game 16: New England Black Wolves (7-8) @ Saskatchewan Rush (10-4) - April 15th @ 9:30P ET/8:30P CT

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  1. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Game#16 New England Black Wolves (7-8) vs. Saskatchewan Rush (10-4)
    Saturday April 15th, 2017 9:30 PM EDT / 8:30 PM CDT
    SaskTel Centre - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


    Places to Watch with Others:

    Arooga's - Route 32 in Uncasville, CT

    Places to Watch Online:
    NLLTV.com (US, Canada, & International)
    Playoff Implications around the League for this Weekend
    The Georgia Swarm have clinched a playoff berth and a home playoff game. Georgia can clinch the Regular Season East Division Title with a win Saturday vs Buffalo OR a Toronto loss Friday vs Buffalo.

    The Toronto Rock can clinch a playoff spot with a win Friday vs Buffalo AND one of the following: a New England loss Saturday at Saskatchewan OR a Rochester loss Saturday at Colorado.

    The Buffalo Bandits can be eliminated with a loss to Toronto and a New England win vs Saskatchewan.

    The Saskatchewan Rush have clinched a playoff berth and a home playoff game. Saskatchewan can clinch the Regular Season West Division Title with a win Saturday vs New England OR a Colorado loss vs Rochester.

    The Colorado Mammoth can clinch a playoff spot with a win Saturday vs. Rochester.

    Key Info going into Game 16:

    Current Record: 7-8
    2016 Record: 10-8
    Playoffs: Lost in Eastern Division Finals to Buffalo
    2016 Plus/Minus: +17
    2017 Plus/Minus: -22
    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 32g, 53a
    Kevin Crowley 36g, 36a
    Kevin Buchanan 20g, 40a
    Kyle Buchanan 25g, 31a

    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

    Current Record: 10-4
    2016 Record: 13-5
    Playoffs: Beat Buffalo in Champion's Cup Finals
    2016 Plus/Minus: +43
    2017 Plus/Minus: +21
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2016 (Back-to-Back Champions)

    Top Two Players From Last Year
    Mark Matthews 40g 69a
    Robert Church 35g, 51a

    Top Players This Season
    Mark Matthews 31g 64a
    Robert Church 31g, 31a
    Adam Jones 21g, 25a
    Ben McIntosh 25g, 19a

    GM/Coach: Derek Keenan
    Captain: Chris Corbeil

    Key losses: F Zack Greer, D John Lintz, F Riley Loewen, F Jarrett Davis.
    Key additions: F Adam Jones.

    IlIndoor Preview by Stephen Stamp:

    They were third in the league in goals for and first by 12 in goals against. They added a talented depth lefty with a stratospheric lacrosse IQ (Ryan Keenan) with the first overall pick and a stud defender with tons of transition upside (Mike Messenger) with the third overall pick.

    They have one of Canada's gold medal goalies from the most recent world championships (Aaron Bold). They've got arguably the best coach and GM in the league (Derek Keenan). They have the prototype elite lefty forward (Mark Matthews). They have a trio of righties who are all excellent team players and any of whom can take over a game (Robert Church, Curtis Knight and Ben McIntosh). Their practice roster players (Matt MacGrotty and Matt Hossack) could step in and be solid core defenders for almost any team.

    And since moving to Saskatoon they have the most rabid fan base in the NLL. Yes, a lot of things have to go right even for a team this deep and talented to win a championship, so a third straight Champion’s Cup is anything but a lock.

    # - POS - PLAYER

    2 - D - Mydske, Brett
    4 - D - Rubisch, Kyle
    8 - D - Messenger, Mike
    9 - F - Knight, Curtis
    13 - T - Cornwall, Jeff
    15 - D - MacGrotty, Matt
    16 - T - Corbeil, Chris
    17 - F - Church, Robert
    19 - F - Jones, Adam
    24 - D - Dilks, Ryan
    25 - F - Keenan, Ryan
    30 - G - Carlson, Tyler
    32 - F - Dinsdale, Matthew
    33 - T - LaFontaine, John
    41 - F - Taylor, Dan
    42 - F - Matthews, Mark
    72 - T - Sorichetti, Adrian
    74 - T - Thompson, Jeremy
    90 - F - McIntosh, Ben
  2. Wingsfan23

    Wingsfan23 Member

    For a game that didn't start well
    What a finish
  3. dougm

    dougm Well-Known Member

    they owe buffalo a ton for the comeback. culp was deadly with his catch and shoot pair and after a slow start, thorimbert resembled Geoff snider controlling the faceoffs.

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