Game 2: New England Black Wolves (0-1) vs. Saskatchewan Rush (0-0) - December 28th @ 7:30 PM EST

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  1. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Game#2 New England Black Wolves (0-1) vs. Saskatchewan Rush (0-0)
    Friday December 28th, 2018 7:30 PM EST
    Mohegan Sun Arena - Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA


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    Key Info going into Game 2:
    NEW ENGLAND BLACK WOLVES
    Current Record: 0-1
    Current Plus/Minus: -4
    Current Goals For: 12
    Current Goals Against: 16
    Current Power Play: 2 for 6 (33.33%)
    Current Penalty Kill: 2 for 6 (66.67 %)

    2017-18 Record: 9-9
    Playoffs: Lost in First Round of Eastern Division Playoffs to Rochester (3rd in East Division)
    2017-18 Plus/Minus: -48
    2017-18 Goals for: 194 (8th in NLL)
    2017-18 Goals against: 242 (8th in NLL)
    2017-18 Power play: 21 for 48 (43.75%) (6th in NLL)
    2017-18 Penalty kill: 43 for 80 (53.75%) (2nd in NLL)

    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2001, as Philadelphia Wings

    Top Players From Last Year:
    Kevin Crowley 51g, 25a
    Callum Crawford 33g, 42a
    Stephan LeBlanc 27g, 46a

    Top Players This Season:
    Callum Crawford 2g, 4a

    Reilly O'Connor 3g, 2a
    Tyler Digby 3g, 2a
    Seth Oakes 2g, 3a


    GM: Rich Lisk
    Coach: Glenn Clark
    Assistant Coaches: Darryl Gibson,
    Captains: Brett Manney (C), Stephan LeBlanc (A), John LaFontaine (A)

    Key departures: G Aaron Bold, T Jay Thorimbert, D Derek Suddons, T Matt Spanger, T Anthony Joaquim, F/T Mark Cockerton, F Johnny Powless
    Key additions: D Greg Downing, F Tyler Digby, F Seth Oakes, D Andrew Suitor, T Jackson Nishimura, F Dereck Downs, G Alex Buque


    Active Roster
    No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
    10 Adam Bomberry D 6-1 215 Akwesasne, NY
    4 David Brock D 6-4 223 Burlington, ON
    27 Kevin Buchanan F 5-10 185 Cockeysville, MD
    29 Alex Buque G 5-10 230 Whitby, ON
    22 Nick Chaykowsky F 6-2 190 Bradford, ON
    24 Joel Coyle D 5-11 175 Orangeville, ON
    98 Callum Crawford F 6-3 205 Stittsville, ON
    23 Tyler Digby F 6-3 265 New Westminster, BC
    8 Greg Downing D 6-1 185 Auburn, NY
    77 Dereck Downs F 6-3 220 Toronto, ON
    81 Ryan Fournier D 5-9 190 Ottawa, ON
    30 Doug Jamieson G 6-3 275 Ohsweken, ON
    83 JP Kealey F 6-0 188 Ottawa, ON
    33 John LaFontaine T 6-1 215 Whitby, ON
    86 Stephan Leblanc F 6-1 205 Dundas, ON
    13 Brett Manney D 6-3 220 Newtown, PA
    26 Jackson Nishimura F 6-1 162 Toronto, ON
    12 Seth Oakes F 5-11 190 Akwesane, NY
    9 Reilly O’Connor F 6-1 175 Whitby, ON
    12 Seth Oakes F 5-11 190 Akwesasne, NY
    20 Andrew Suitor D 5-11 190 Orangeville, ON
    17 Colton Watkinson T 6-4 195 Burlington, ON

    Practice Roster
    No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
    5 Tal Bruno D 6-1 195 Lutherville, MD
    14 Dave Emala F 5-11 195 Baltimore, MD
    35 Ethan Woods G 6-4 190 Owen Sound, ON

    Saskatchewan Rush
    Current Record: 0-0
    2017-18 Record: 14-4
    Playoffs: Won NLL Championship (1st in Wast Division)
    Current Plus/Minus: +/-0
    2017-18 Plus/Minus: +11
    2017-18 Goals for: 254 (1st in NLL)
    2017-18 Goals against: 196 (1st in NLL)
    2017-18 Power play: 59 for 87 (67.82%) (1st in NLL)
    2017-18 Penalty kill: 38 for 72 (52.78%) (4th in NLL)
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2018

    Top Players From Last Year
    Mark Matthews 32g, 84a
    Robert Church 47g, 60a (Drexel Alumni)
    Ben McIntosh 46g, 34a (Drexel Alumni)

    Top Players This Season
    N/A

    GM/Coach: Derek Keenan

    Key Additions: F Connor Robinson, T Travis Cornwall
    Key Departures: F Dan Dawson, T Adrian Sorichetti, D Ryan Dilks, D Jeff Cornwall

    Active Roster:
    Goaltenders – Evan Kirk, Adam Shute
    Defencemen – Brett Mydske, Kyle Rubisch, Chris Corbeil, Matt Hossack, Matt MacGrotty, Nick Finlay, Ryan McLean, Tyler Gaulton
    Transition – Jeremy Thompson, Travis Cornwall, Jordi Jones-Smith, Mason Pynn
    Forwards – Mark Matthews, Ben McIntosh, Ryan Keenan, Jeff Shattler, Curtis Knight, Marty Dinsdale, Connor Robinson, Robert Church
    Practice Roster – Zach Gould

     
  2. BanditsRock11

    BanditsRock11 Well-Known Member

    Announced crowd of almost 6500 there last night, one of the biggest they’ve ever had. Good deal.
     
  3. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    Crowley who???
     
  4. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    The next man up approach
    That’s why it’s a team. If O’Conner can stay consistent they will be competitive
    Last nights game wasn’t as close as the score indicated, Saskatchewan relied heavily on the PP and 5 on 5 buque shut them down pretty well as did Kirk, NE had many quality looks that Kirk was able to stop
     
  5. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Article posted in local newspaper after the game.
    https://www.theday.com/article/20181228/SPORT04/181229490

    Black Wolves pick up the pace in 12-11 win over Saskatchewan

    Published December 28. 2018 10:52PM


    By Vickie Fulkerson Day staff writer


    Mohegan — Glenn Clark had challenged his team to play more like National Lacrosse League champion Saskatchewan. More activity, more pace, less standing around.

    "They can all do it. It's about the buy-in," said Clark, beginning his fourth season as head coach of the New England Black Wolves. "They all have the skill. ... If the ball is dead, if the feet are dead, we're dead."

    And so Friday night, before a crowd of 6,445 at Mohegan Sun Arena to take in the Black Wolves' home opener, New England used its still-evolving strategy to hang on to a 12-11 victory over the very same Saskatchewan team which perfected it in winning last season's Champions Cup.

    "A massive win," said Black Wolves forward Reilly O'Connor, who helped lead the way with four goals and two assists.

    "It's just about buying into what they want as a system," said Callum Crawford, who added three goals and three assists in the victory to get the Black Wolves to 1-1. "Saskatchewan evolved the game for everybody ... playing by committee instead of riding your two or three dogs all the time. It's a commitment to a team-style of play."

    The Black Wolves led 4-1 after the first quarter and 9-7 at halftime, but, similar to a season-opening loss to Georgia on Dec. 15, New England went quiet for almost an entire quarter.

    Saskatchewan, playing its season-opener, scored three straight times to commence the third quarter, getting a power play goal by Ben McIntosh, a goal by Robert Church and another by McIntosh with the Rush using an extra attacker. That gave Saskatchewan a 10-9 lead with 3 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the period.

    Crawford, however, made sure the Wolves didn't endure another scoreless quarter, the way they did in the second quarter against Georgia. Assisted by Stephan Leblanc and O'Connor, Crawford took off from just outside the crease and slam-dunked a shot past Rush goalie Evan Kirk to tie the score with 47.5 seconds to play in the third.

    "You can't get shut out in a quarter," Crawford said. "The offense's job is to push us, keep us moving steadily forward."




    Crawford missed a penalty shot to start the fourth quarter, but Leblanc scored 30 seconds following Crawford's miss for what proved to be the game-winner. O'Connor tacked on a power-play goal with 5:12 to play for a two-goal cushion, making Saskatchewan's final goal with 1:09 to play a meaningless one.

    Leblanc had two goals and an assist and David Brock, John LaFontaine and Dereck Downs added goals for New England. Alex Buque made 37 saves in goal to earn his first victory as a member of the Black Wolves.

    "That's the upper echelon of the league right there, who everybody aspires to beat," Crawford said.

    "It was very good," Clark said. "The expectations were high. We challenged our group."

    Clark later lauded O'Connor, who now has seven goals and four assists with a pair of hat tricks in the first two games. O'Connor scored seven goals all of last season. Clark said he spoke with O'Connor in training camp and told him he believed last year's scoring drought was an anomaly.

    "It's all about team offense," O'Connor said. "I've been lucky to cash a few. I'm just one of the guys out there. It's worked out well. We have a good group. It's about that."

    McIntosh and Church each scored three goals for Saskatchewan and Kirk made 38 saves.


     
  6. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Opinion piece about marketing the team in the area
    Article: https://www.theday.com/sports-columns/20181229/black-wolves-marketing-department-get-passing-grades


    Black Wolves, marketing department get passing grades

    Published December 29. 2018 6:17PM


    By Mike DiMauro Day staff writer


    Mohegan — So here's one for your nearest Marketing 101 class:

    Take an obscure sport with players of non-local origin and get people in this corner of the world excited enough to buy tickets for the classically epic Uncasville vs. Saskatchewan allegory, one of those time-honored, blood rivalries where, you know, you just throw out the records.

    No, really. This has been the challenge for New England Black Wolves vice president Amber Cox and her peeps at Mohegan Sun. Go sell this indoor lacrosse thing. Except that most of the players live in Canada, opponents stretch from Calgary to Colorado to Georgia ... but still fill the arena with people inclined to scream like wolves in heat.

    And darn, if they just about did all that Friday night.

    The fifth rendition of the Black Wolves filled America's Most Beloved Arena to 90 percent capacity, a 12-11 win over the defending National Lacrosse League champs from Saskatoon, whose home base is but 2,233 miles away.

    The game drew 6,445 fans (second largest crowd in franchise history) all waving their white towels. It was testimony to the perfect storm of marketing diligence and a game made for the roaring 2000s: perpetual action and violence, steady music and drama – an appetizing cocktail for even the most wavering attention span.

    "It's prideful," Wolves coach Glenn Clark — a schoolteacher during the week in Canada — said. "You've got eyes on you and it matters to these guys. It really does. It's a cliché (that you feed off the crowd) because it's true. As most clichés are. These guys really buy into being part of this family with the employees at Mohegan and the way they're embraced by this whole community. It's pride. You don't want to let people down."

    And while arena size prohibits the Wolves from leading the league in attendance — by comparison, they averaged more than 14,000 per game in Saskatoon last year — Neon Uncasville does have a noticeable rattle and hum to it.

    "Anytime a building is near capacity — the nice thing about this one is that it's very vertical and very loud," Clark said. "So when you get the 5-6,000 in here it feels a lot more intense and a lot louder. A great energy here and these guys respond to it."

    And so if you weren't there, here's a sampling of what you missed:

    • Nice marketing strategy before the game. A group of youth lacrosse players from Brookfield (near Danbury) met the players on the playing surface as they were introduced. This just in: Brookfield is nowhere near Mohegan Sun (although not as far as Saskatoon). But it shows a willingness to reach out to other areas of the state where lacrosse is popular.

    Idea: Have a "Darien Night" or "New Canaan Night," home to two of the state's top high school programs. Granted, inhabitants of both prosperous towns hardly need discounted tickets or other amenities (hell, most of them could buy the arena) but marketing yourself to places where the game is popular can't hurt.




    • Observation: Not that the games aren't entertaining enough, but inebriation might enhance the experience. I mean, the euphoric nectar could make you sing along to the music a little louder or better yet howl rather thunderously, which is the custom after the Wolves score. AH-OOOOOOOO.

    • Nice touch playing "Brass Bonanza" during the game. For you heathens: "Brass Bonanza" was/is the theme song for the old Hartford Whalers, played every time they took the ice or scored a goal. Maybe we could substitute "Brass Bonanza" for the foghorn after the Wolves score as homage to our dearly departed team?

    • Lacrosse rules baffle me. Like a Wolves player scored a goal and got called for goalie interference at the same time.

    Discuss.

     

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