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Game 17: New England Black Wolves (8-8) @ Rochester Knighthawks (5-10) - April 22nd @ 7:30 PM EDT

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  1. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Game#17 New England Black Wolves (8-8) vs. Rochester Knighthawks (5-10)
    Saturday April 22nd, 2017 7:30 PM EDT
    Blue Cross Arena - Rochester, New York, USA


    Places to Watch with Others:

    Arooga's - Route 32 in Uncasville, CT

    Places to Watch Online:
    NLLTV.com (US, Canada, & International)
    Season Series Info:
    Saturday Jan 7 - Away @ Rochester = Loss 8-15
    Friday Feb 3 - Home vs. Rochester = Won 10-9 OT
    Friday Mar 17 - Home vs. Rochester = Won 12-11
    Saturday April 22 - Away @ Rochester = TBD

    Black Wolves Lead Series 2-1

    Playoff Implications around the League for this Weekend

    The Georgia Swarm (11-4) have clinched the East Division title, which includes a home playoff game. The Swarm can clinch the best overall record in the League with a WIN Saturday at Buffalo AND Saskatchewan LOSS vs. Toronto.

    The New England Black Wolves (8-8) can clinch a playoff spot with a WIN Saturday at Rochester. New England CANNOT clinch a playoff spot this weekend with a loss.

    A New England win and Toronto loss would give New England a home playoff game. New England wins the tie-breaker with Toronto and no three-way ties are possible.

    The Toronto Rock (8-8) can clinch a playoff spot with a WIN Saturday at Saskatchewan.

    The Buffalo Bandits (6-10) can be ELIMINATED from playoff consideration with a LOSS Saturday vs. Georgia. Buffalo can be eliminated with New England and Toronto wins.

    The Rochester Knighthawks (5-10) can be ELIMINATED from playoff consideration with a LOSS Saturday vs. New England.


    The Saskatchewan Rush (10-5) have clinched a playoff spot and a home playoff game. The Rush can clinch the Western Division title with a WIN Saturday vs. Toronto or with a Colorado loss.

    The Colorado Mammoth (9-7) have clinched a playoff spot. The Mammoth can clinch a home playoff game with a WIN Saturday at Vancouver.

    The Vancouver Stealth (7-9) can clinch a playoff spot with a WIN Saturday vs. Colorado

    The Calgary Roughnecks (7-10) can be ELIMINATED from playoff consideration if Vancouver wins vs. Colorado.

    Key Info going into Game 17:

    Current Record: 8-8
    2016 Record: 10-8
    Playoffs: Lost in Eastern Division Finals to Buffalo
    2016 Plus/Minus: +17
    2017 Plus/Minus: -21
    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 34g, 55a
    Kevin Crowley 38g, 38a
    Kevin Buchanan 21g, 43a
    Kyle Buchanan 29g, 33a

    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: Daryl Veltman
    Retired: Scott Self


    Current Record: 5-10
    2016 Record: 12-6
    Playoffs: Missed Playoffs (4th in East Division)
    2016 Plus/Minus: -15
    2017 Plus/Minus: -34
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2014

    Top Two Players From Last Year
    Cody Jamieson 35g, 64a
    Dan Dawson 40g, 55a

    Top Players This Season
    Kyle Jackson 24g, 31a
    Joe Resetarits 21g, 32a
    Dan Dawson 11g, 30a
    Josh Currier 18g, 17a

    GM: Curt Styres
    Coach: Mike Hasen
    Captain: Sid Smith

    Key losses: F Joe Walters, D Mike Manley, F Craig Point, D Jon Sullivan, D Scott Self, D Brad Self, D Mike Kirk, F Stephen Keogh
    Key additions: T Andrew Suitor, F Jarrett Davis, F Kevin Ross
    IlIndoor Preview per Stephen Stamp:
    The Knighthawks offensive lefties to start the season are rookie first-round draft pick Kyle Jackson and 27-year-old rookie Wayne VanEvery. They may bring Tyler Ferreira, signed at the deadline after being cut by Buffalo and listed as a transition player, forward to help. If they add his 4 games and 6 career points, that will give them 4 games and 6 career points from their lefty forwards in the season opener. Owner/GM Curt Styres and head coach Mike Hasen have earned the benefit of the doubt with their three Champions Cup titles in the last five years, but it's just hard to see how things can go smoothly early in the year for this team. Experience is important.

    It's not just the left side of the O, either. The defence is largely retooled and includes guys like Joel Matthews, who has mostly played offence; Luc Magnan, who joined the team at the deadline after being cut by Toronto; and Jarrett Davis, who hasn't been with Rochester for a couple of years and while versatile is more of an offensive guy. Any one of those three probably wouldn't be a problem, and all three of them may work out well. It just seems logical that it will take a while for the defence to come together. That puts a lot of pressure on the team to find ways to win games early in the season, because wins are always tough to come by in the NLL these days and it's hard to make up ground later if you fall too far behind early.

    Having said all that, the Knighthawks still have Hasen and his solid coaching staff. They still have Dan Dawson up front. They still have strong veterans in the back end like Sid Smith, Ian Llord, Scott Campbell and Paul Dawson. Rookies like Jackson and Josh Currier—whose quick feet and slick hands are ideally suited to the pro game—have lots of potential. Graeme Hossack may be the best defender in the league before long and is already in the conversation among the top handful as he enters his second year. So the season is far from a write-off for Rochester. The Hawks just don't have a wide margin for error.
    # - POS - PLAYER
    2 - D - Dawson, Paul
    4 - D - Hossack, Graeme
    6 - F - Dawson, Dan
    10 - D - Gillies, Brad
    11 - D - Rae, John
    15 - F - Resetarits, Joe
    16 - D - Evans, Dylan
    20 - D - Suitor, Andrew
    23 - F - Vitarelli, Cory
    27 - F - Currier, Josh
    29 - D - Llord, Ian
    37 - D - Campbell, Scott
    42 - T - Davis, Jarrett
    45 - D - Magnan, Luc
    47 - F - Jackson, Kyle
    48 - G - Vinc, Matt
    51 - D - Bomberry, Adam
    55 - G - Goodleaf, Angus
    61 - F - Lomas, Dan
    79 - D - Smith, Sid
    91 - D - Matthews, Joel

    Practice Squad: Brayden Hill, Luc Magnan, Quinn Powless, Wayne Van Every, Torrey Van Every, and Luke Laszkiewicz
    Injured Reserve: Cody Jamieson

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
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  2. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Next Home Game is April 29th. Lets Pack the House if we can and hopefully with a win this week, we hopefully will get a home playoff game in our future!

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
  3. AmericanRockFan

    AmericanRockFan Well-Known Member

    The game is on April 22 ;)
  4. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Its been a long week and normally I am pretty tired when putting it together, so sadly typo's happen. lol
  5. Winger86

    Winger86 Member

    I guess that means they're give away all the tickets, instead of the usual 75%.
  6. AmericanRockFan

    AmericanRockFan Well-Known Member

    Welcome back to the boards, ya prick.
  7. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Anyone going 4/29?
  8. Wingsfan23

    Wingsfan23 Member

    Going to Rochester in the Am
    Will wait for potential east finals to go
  9. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    I am 50/50, for next week. Pickup day for the lil Swami will be the Sunday of a potential playoff, so I would like to make that work.

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