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Game 18: New England Black Wolves (8-9) vs. Vancouver Stealth (8-9) - Saturday April 29th @ 7 PM EDT

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  1. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Game#18 New England Black Wolves (8-9) vs. Vancouver Stealth (8-9)
    Saturday April 29th, 2017 7 PM EDT
    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)
    Playoff Implications this Weekend:
    New England will clinch a playoff berth with:
    1. One loss by Rochester this weekend vs. Georgia.

    New England will clinch a playoff berth AND a first round home playoff game with:
    1. A win Saturday vs. Vancouver, OR
    2. A Toronto loss Saturday at Buffalo.

    a. New England won the season series vs. Toronto, 2-0.

    b. In case of a three-way tie between New England, Rochester, and Toronto:

    i. New England is 4-2 (.667) vs ROC & TOR
    ii. Rochester is 3-4 (.429) vs NE & TOR
    iii. Toronto is 2-3 (.400) vs NE & ROC

    New England will be eliminated from playoff contention with:
    A loss Saturday vs. Vancouver, AND two (2) Rochester wins vs. Georgia, AND a Toronto win Saturday at Buffalo.

    Key Info going into the Regular Season Finale:

    Current Record: 8-9
    2016 Record: 10-8
    Playoffs: Lost in Eastern Division Finals to Buffalo
    2016 Plus/Minus: +17
    2017 Plus/Minus: -23
    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 37g, 58a
    Kevin Crowley 40g, 38a
    Kevin Buchanan 21g, 47a
    Kyle Buchanan 30g, 35a

    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: 8-9
    2016 Record: 5-13
    Playoffs: Did Not Make Playoffs
    2016 Plus/Minus: -47
    2017 Plus/Minus: -4
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2010, as Washington Stealth

    Top Two Players From Last Year:
    Rhys Duch 48g, 63a
    Logan Schuss 29g, 57a

    Top Players This Season:
    Corey Small 42g, 62a
    Rhys Duch 35g, 53a
    Logan Schuss 33g, 38a
    Jordan Durston 22g, 17a

    GM: Doug Locker
    Coach: Jamie Batley
    Assistant Coaches: Jim Milligan, Clay Richardson
    Captains: Rhys Duch, Logan Schuss, Curtis Hodgson

    Key losses: D Jeff Moleski. T Tyler Haas, D Tyler Garrison, D Rory Smith, T Cliff Smith.
    Key additions: D John Lintz, D Peter McFetridge

    IlIndoor Preview by Stephen Stamp:
    The Stealth have gotten themselves into a situation where it's simply difficult to catch up with the rest of the league. Give GM Doug Locker credit for trying; he looks at lots of players and probably brings more to camp than any other team in the league in an effort to find pieces who can help make the puzzle in Vancouver work just that little bit better and make the team competitive again. It's just hard to do without a lot of high draft picks, which the Stealth have tended to trade away. (The draft situation isn't much brighter in the next few years with Vancouver not having a first-rounder until 2020 and not even having a second-rounder until 2019).

    Given that situation, they are counting on improvement from internal development, free agent signings and their new coaching staff. The staff is a good start. Jamie Batley and Jim Milligan have been successful in both summer and pro lacrosse. A Batley-led staff resuscitated a Peterborough Lakers team that was having trouble on and off the floor; the turnaround was fast and resulted in five Mann Cup titles in a nine-year span. Batley and his group also had the Chicago Shamrox on the right track before that team had to fold.

    John Lintz and McFetridge are the key free agent signings, intended to help the Stealth defence that gave up the most goals in the NLL last season. Both are definitely solid cogs to a D unit; given that they were both depth players on other teams in the division (Lintz in Saskatchewan and McFetridge in Calgary), it's hard to see adding them helping Vancouver catch up to those teams, though.

    Brendan Fowler should help in the faceoff circle if he can pick up indoor defence quickly and well enough to earn playing time and Tommy McKee will be a nice add to the offence if he can show he's adapted to the box game anywhere nearly as quickly as Tom Schreiber has done for Toronto. Still, starting the season with Garrett Billings and rookie James Rahe on the Injured reserve, along with Cory Conway (who had a rebound season with the Victoria Shamrocks this summer), obviously hampers the right side of the offence. Rhys Duch can do a lot, but he can't do everything. It looks like it will be difficult for the league's lowest-scoring team to move up the charts much on that side of the floor, too.

    Throw in a goalie in Tyler Richards whose performance level hasn't been up to his standard for the past few years as he's struggled through a series of injuries and 2017 bears the hallmarks of another tough season for the Stealth. Given all that, though, Vancouver was 2-3 to start last season with wins over division rivals Saskatchewan and Colorado. Just before the end of the 2016 season, they played all three division rivals in a row. The results? Wins over Calgary and Saskatchewan followed by a 1-goal loss to Colorado. So it's not like the Stealth are miles behind everyone else. They've just been far enough behind to come out on the short end in most games over the last three years. They'll be hoping 2017 is the season where all that starts to change.

    # - PLAYER - POS
    0 - Richards, Tyler - G
    2 - Beers, Matt - D
    3 - Toll, Jarrett - D
    4 - ODougherty, Chris - D
    5 - Smith, Cliff - T
    6 - Hodgson, Curtis - D
    10 - Duch, Rhys - F
    15 - Small, Corey - F
    18 - Schuss, Logan - F
    19 - Salt, Justin - T
    20 - Cornwall, Travis - T
    22 - Messenger, Evan - F
    23 - Hoggarth, Thomas - T
    31 - Belanger, Tye - G
    32 - Rahe, James - F
    33 - Harnett, Jon - D
    55 - McCready, Joel - F
    78 - Durston, Jordan - F
    80 - McFetridge, Peter - T
    86 - Lintz, John - D
    88 - Hawksbee, Ian - D
    91 - Conway, Cory - F
  2. BlackWolves99

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  4. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

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  5. Wingsfan23

    Wingsfan23 Member

    Welcome to the playoffs !
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  6. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Do they have to win tonight for a home game? If anyone is there tonight and wishes to post in game updates it would be great.
  7. AmericanRockFan

    AmericanRockFan Well-Known Member

    Yep, had they won they would've hosted Toronto next week regardless of the outcome of the Toronto/Buffalo game.
  8. Wingsfan23

    Wingsfan23 Member

    What a terrible game last night
  9. Winger86

    Winger86 Member

    LOL sucks to be you.
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  10. dougm

    dougm Well-Known Member

    kirk is the worst goalie heading into the playoffs. coaches better light a fire under him unless he's hurt. they gave away belanger for wh0, mitch mcmichael, ugly, ugly, ugly. i know it was one of those relocation trades, but at least get a draft pick out of it.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017
  11. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    So, here are my thoughts a day after the game.

    1) Attendance

    To be honest, one of the better crowds I have seen for a game there and the fans were into it. I seriously love seeing this fanbase come around and in a strong way. Its fun to see the kids with their facepainted Black Wolves colors, seeing people dressed in Wings/Black Wolves gear everywhere, and seeing someone wearing a orange suit to the game. The crowd, 6,326 in all, for me felt like they had a playoff type feel to them which was great to see and i think energized the guys at certain points which helped.

    2) Marketing

    This game was well marketed from the beginning and it helps having 2 weeks to plan this one out and to advertise it out on all the local stations. This season they overall have been doing better at it and helps put the numbers in the seats which makes for a great crowd. Also as a fan it is fun to see them highlight the season tix holders in the in-game promos and for me to actually win one of the cool prizes too. (I was in the contest in the 3rd quarter being sponsored by KOTA. I was the one wearing the Black Wolves Jersey. Hopefully it made the stream.)

    3) Game Itself

    The offense was fired up in this one and you could tell from the get go. Kirk looked shitty in the very beginning and nice to see the coach pull him for Doug when he needed to. The first 3 shots were outside shots and defense seemed to defend them well but I guess Kirk was just not seeing them. Then from there it was a pretty epic battle back and forth between the offenses, I mean 17 goals between teams in the first half was pretty impressive. Second half, our defense seemed to come out a little flat and that resulted in us being down 5 at one point in the early in the fourth. Then the offense began to create goals and the fans fed off it and helped each other get back to 15-15. Then we took the lead and Kirk (who came back in when we got down 5) let one in with 10 seconds to go which really needed the defense and him to hold it. Then overtime was probably one of the longest overtimes I've watched and ended with Vancouver getting the upper hand after a solid 6 minute overtime session.

    So to summarize, Offense played strong, Defense fell flat at times when it needed to hold, and our goaltending still needs work. (I liked Doug in net who played well for the minutes he had, but overall Goaltending was an issue in this one especially to begin the game. After beginning, defense was more to blame.)

    4) Playoffs

    Going into this one, at least we knew we were in. Yeah we would have loved a home game to start off but hopefully we'll be hosting one of the games in the East Finals. And if that offense hits the floor each time like they did last night, each of the playoff games should be great games which will most likely come down to the wire and hopefully we will be on the winning side. Looking forward to watching all the action online next week and hopefully in person the following weekend.
  12. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

    I feel bad. I didn't go to a single regular season game this season.
  13. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    I made one, but have a had an unusually crazy schedule.

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