Game 7: New England Black Wolves (4-2) vs. Buffalo Bandits (4-3) - Friday Feb 7th @ 7:30 PM ET

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  1. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Game#7 New England Black Wolves (4-2) vs. Buffalo Bandits (4-3)
    Friday February 7th, 2018 7:30 PM EST
    Mohegan Sun Arena - Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA


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    Key Info going into Game 7:
    Current Record: 4-2
    2017 Record: 8-10
    Playoffs: Lost in First Round of Eastern Division Playoffs to Toronto (3rd in East Division)
    2017 Plus/Minus: -22
    2018 Plus/Minus: -16
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2001, as Philadelphia Wings

    Top Players From Last Year:
    Shawn Evans 38g, 65a
    Kevin Crowley 45g, 40a
    Kevin Buchanan 25g, 49a

    Top Players This Season:
    Shawn Evans 11g, 24a
    Stephan LeBlanc 9g, 12a
    Kevin Crowley 15g, 5a
    Reilly O'Connor 5g, 11a
    Kyle Buchanan 6g, 8a

    GM: Rich Lisk
    Coach: Glenn Clark
    Assistant Coaches: Tracey Kelusky (2016 NLL Hall Of Famer), Jim Veltman
    Captains: Shawn Evans (C), Brett Manney (A), and Kyle Buchanan (A)

    Key departures: F Chad Culp, F Daryl Veltman, D Bill O’Brien, F Brett Bucktooth, D Sheldon Burns, T Ryan Hotaling
    Key additions: G Aaron Bold, D John LaFontaine, D David Brock, F Stephan Leblanc

    IlIndoor Preview by Bob Chavez & Stephen Stamp:
    A year after giving up 212 goals, fewest in the East and third-fewest in the entire National Lacrosse League, the Black Wolves regressed and surrendered 244 goals. They still managed a playoff berth but there’s no question that the offseason focus was on the back end. The changes started in goal, but not because they thought Evan Kirk was the problem. It was more like the trade New England made brought in a top goalie in Aaron Bold, a solid defender in John LaFontaine and a No. 8 draft pick that brought Anthony Joaquim into town. But that’s just the start of the offseason work the Black Wolves did, so let’s see what’s up as the team prepares for the 2017-18 season.

    Just about any offense that includes Kevin Crowley and Shawn Evans is going to be in good hands, and the Wolves are. Throw in Kyle and Kevin Buchanan and you get the sense that the Wolves should get plenty of production from that quartet. But great teams separate themselves from good teams with secondary and support scoring, so that’s where guys like Reilly O’Connor and Seth Oakes come in because they’ll need to produce even more. The loss of Chad Culp, Brett Bucktooth and Daryl Veltman will need to be made up for, and that’s about more than numbers. That trio represents a lot of work off the ball, so the Black Wolves will need different bodies to plow through traffic to create space. New England scored 220 goals last season, which puts them in the middle of the pack among the rest of the league. You never want to stand pat because you always want to be better, so there’s no doubt New England will be trying to do just that. What they can’t afford is a drop in production, especially in an East Division that already has some great team offense in Georgia and Toronto.

    This is going to be an interesting development. The departure of Kirk for Bold bears watching because there’s no questioning the success of Bold with the Rush. But for the first time since 2011, Bold will have a new scheme with all new faces to work with. There is one familiar face in LaFontaine, but now Bold will have guys like Brock, Joel Coyle, Derek Suddons, Matt Spanger and Brett Manney in front of him. There is a lot of athleticism to work with, but how cohesive can this unit get? Much of that is on the coaching staff, but it’s also on Bold as the engineer who is doing the bulk of communication. There is definitely plenty of veteran talent coming out of the back door, but the Wolves allowed 244 goals last season, second-most in the league. That’s a statistic that has to change if the Black Wolves want a deeper playoff run.

    Of the 23 players that suited up for New England last season, 11 are not back with the team this year. That’s quite a turnover of names, and the biggest impact will probably be felt up front. How quickly the Wolves can get on the same page to have quality depth is probably a priority, and how quickly the new faces on defense adjust to each other is another. If it all comes together, New England could be in the thick of the East Division playoff party.

    Active Roster
    No. Name Pos.
    77 Aaron Bold G
    10 Adam Bomberry D
    4 David Brock D
    27 Kevin Buchanan F
    91 Kyle Buchanan F
    41 Mark Cockerton F
    24 Joel Coyle D
    21 Kevin Crowley F
    15 Shawn Evans F
    30 Doug Jamieson G
    33 John LaFontaine T
    13 Brett Manney D
    9 Reilly O’Connor F
    12 Seth Oakes F
    45 Matt Spanger D
    7 Derek Suddons D
    75 Jay Thorimbert T
    17 Colton Watkinson T
    86 Stephan Leblanc F
    44 Anthony Joaquim T

    Practice Roster
    No. Name Pos.
    22 Nick Chaykowsky T
    XX Brooker Muir F
    67 Rance Vigneaux G
    83 JP Kealey F

    Buffalo Bandits
    Current Record: 4-3
    2017 Record: 6-12
    Playoffs: Missed Playoffs
    2017 Plus/Minus: -25
    2018 Plus/Minus: -6
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2008

    Top Two Players From Last Year
    Dhane Smith 30g, 51a
    Mitch Jones 31g, 38a

    Top Players This Season
    Dhane Smith 15g, 32a
    Mitch Jones 15g, 19a

    GM: Steve Dietrich
    Coaches: Troy Cordingley, John Tavares, Rich Kilgour

    Key Additions: F Callum Crawford, F Josh Byrne, F Chase Fraser, G Alex Buque, D Ethan Schott, T Thomas Hoggarth
    Key departures: G Anthony Cosmo, D David Brock, F Ryan Benesch, D Billy Dee Smith, D Andrew Watt, T Kedoh Hill, F Patrick Saunders

    IlIndoor Preview by Bob Chavez & Stephen Stamp:
    The Bandits may very well be a team to be reckoned with because fortunes can change quickly in the NLL. The team learned that last year, albeit in the opposite direction. As it is, there is plenty of offensive talent in Buffalo to make this team a defensive concern for opponents. The defense has a solid young core with some veteran leadership and the transition game is capable, especially with Priolo and Jones in the lineup.

    The biggest issue in Buffalo, and one that will in all likelihood impact the direction of the season, is in goal. Both DiRuscio and Buque have proven themselves capable in the NLL but neither has shown the ability to carry a team. Then again, neither have had the opportunity. Both are young, and carrying a team is something that’s learned over time, but the Bandits need one of them to do it now if the playoffs are a destination this season.

    # - PLAYERS - POS
    4 - Schott, Ethan - D
    8 - Brownell, Kevin - T
    9 - Steenhuis, Mark - T
    12 - de Snoo, Mitch - D
    19 - Reid, Zac - D
    20 - Weiss, Nick - D
    21 - Martin, Justin - D
    22 - Byrne, Josh - F
    23 - Priolo, Steve - D
    24 - Jones, Mitch - F
    28 - Harris, Vaughn - F
    37 - Patten, Liam - D
    45 - Acton, Reid - D
    65 - DiRuscio, Davide - G
    78 - Durston, Jordan - F
    88 - England, Craig - F
    92 - Smith, Dhane - F
    94 - Wagner, Ryan - D
    95 - Fraser, Chase - F
    98 - Crawford, Callum - F
    XX - Hoggarth, Thomas - T
    XX - Bill O'Brien** - D

    ** = Not Activated onto Active Roster as of Yet however is Traveling with the Team
  2. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Bromance + Galentine's Day
    New England Black Wolves vs Buffalo Bandits

    Friday, February 9th
    7:30 PM • Mohegan Sun Arena

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    Celebrate your BFF-ship this February with the New England Black Wolves.

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    • $5 cocktails
    • $5 Bud Light draft
    Postgame party: Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar
  3. BlackWolves99

    BlackWolves99 Member

    Bump! Game Night!

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