Game 9: New England Black Wolves (4-4) @ Vancouver Stealth (1-9) - Sat Feb 24th @ 10 PM ET/7 PM PT

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    Game#9 New England Black Wolves (4-4) @ Vancouver Stealth (1-9)
    Saturday February 24th, 2017 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST
    Langley Event Center, Langley, British Columbia, Canada


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    Arooga's - Route 32 in Uncasville, CT

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    Key Info going into Game 9:
    Current Record: 4-4
    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: -29
    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 18g, 30a
    Kevin Crowley 23g, 12a
    Stephan LeBlanc 13g, 19a
    Reilly O'Connor 6g, 16a
    Kyle Buchanan 8g, 13a

    GM: Rich Lisk
    Coach: Glenn Clark
    Assistant Coaches: Tracey Kelusky (2016 NLL Hall Of Famer), Jim Veltman
    Captains: Brett Manney (C), Shawn Evans (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, F Johnny Powless

    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
    93 Johnny Powless F

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

    Short Term Hold Out List: Kevin Buchanan
    Injured Reserve:

    Current Record: 1-9
    2016 Record: 9-9
    Playoffs: Lost in First Round of Western Division Playoffs to Colorado (2nd in West Division)
    2017 Plus/Minus: -3
    2018 Plus/Minus: -52
    Last Champion's Cup Title: 2010, as Washington Stealth

    Top Two Players From Last Year:
    Corey Small 46g, 65a
    Rhys Duch 38g, 56a

    Top Players This Season:
    Corey Small 17g, 30a
    Logan Schuss 21g, 24a
    Rhys Duch 7g, 27a

    GM: Doug Locker
    Coach: Jamie Batley
    Assistant Coaches: Art Webster and Kevin Alexander
    Captains: Rhys Duch, Logan Schuss, Curtis Hodgson

    Key departures: F Jordan Durston, F Cory Conway, D Curtis Hodgson, D John Lintz.
    Key additions: T Andrew Suitor, F Tony Malcom.

    IlIndoor Preview by Bob Chavez & Stephen Stamp:

    Coach Jamie Batley has mentioned in several media reports that he likes the speed of his team this season, and that should surprise no one since he’s finally had some time to shape his roster with players that suit his style. Expect the Stealth to push the pace even more this season now that they have the runners to do it. Salt, of course, did that last winter and produced a career year, and the addition of Malcom via the Durston trade certainly bears watching. He scored a league-high 5 short-handed goals last season despite playing in just 9 games for Buffalo. A lot of Vancouver’s success will depend on Belanger keeping his form in goal, but another deal brought in veteran Brodie MacDonald, who brings another quality and experienced stopper to Vancouver. The Stealth didn’t have to overhaul the roster and they didn’t. They have a lot of key pieces back from the roster that made progress last season and sprinkled in some tweaks to make the good spots even better. Anything short of another playoff berth and perhaps a longer stay will be a disappointment for a team this hungry.

    # - PLAYERS - POS
    2 - Beers, Matt - D
    4 - ODougherty, Chris - D
    5 - Smith, Cliff - T
    9 - Teichroeb, Cody - D
    10 - Duch, Rhys - F
    14 - Goodwin, Brandon - T
    15 - Small, Corey - F
    18 - Schuss, Logan - F
    19 - Salt, Justin - T
    20 - Cornwall, Travis - T
    22 - Messenger, Evan - F
    24 - Saunders, Pat - F
    31 - Belanger, Tye - G
    44 - Malcom, Tony - F
    55 - McCready, Joel - F
    63 - Clelland, Brandon - T
    80 - McFetridge, Peter - D
    81 - Fournier, Ryan - T
    88 - Hawksbee, Ian - D
    96 - Suitor, Andrew - D

    Injured Reserve: Jon Harnett, Chris O’Dougherty, Tyler Garrison

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