Editorial: Georgia’s win was exactly what the NLL needed

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June 21, 2017

The Georgia Swarm’s recent victory in the Champion’s Cup was fortuitous for the National Lacrosse League for two reasons: one, it showed that young franchises can prosper, and two, it showcased the Thompson brothers, the best players in the game. As the NLL actively searches for expansion partners, showcasing two of their youngest franchises was the best scenario they could have hoped for. Granted, both the Rush and Swarm have…

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NLL: Rush gamble; dynasty ends

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June 11, 2017

The Saskatchewan Rush gambled on Saturday night and it cost them a championship. The Georgia Swarm ended the Rush’s Champion’s Cup dynasty with a 15-14 OT win to take the series two games to none. The Swarm won the championship for the first time in their history. On what should have typically been the last possession of a game in which the Rush led 14-13, they pulled Aaron Bold to…

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Swarm deny Rush the three-peat, win Champion’s Cup 15-14 in OT

Mike Poulin of the Georgia Swarm shakes hands with captain Chris Corbeil of the Saskatchewan Rush. (Photo by Josh Schaefer/GetMyPhoto.ca)
June 11, 2017

Miles Thompson scores winner in overtime. Georgia Swarm win first championship in franchise history. Lyle Thompson M.V.P. with four goals. The Georgia Swarm defeated the Saskatchewan Rush 15-14 in overtime in front of 14,264 screaming fans at the Sasktel Centre on Saturday evening to become the 2017 National Lacrosse League champions. Miles Thompson scored the game winner 1:17 into overtime off a pass from his brother Lyle. “You can take…

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NLL: Success for Swarm in game one

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June 5, 2017

  A seven goal run in the second half by the Georgia Swarm propelled them to an 18-14 win over the Saskatchewan Rush on Sunday afternoon in game one of the Champion’s Cup final. The Swarm are making their first-ever appearance in the finals, while the Rush are the back-to-back defending champions. It will perhaps be one of the most entertaining playoff series in league history, and that’s not even…

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Saskatchewan Rush Will Win the Champion’s Cup

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June 4, 2017

Prior to the start of the 2017 season, I predicted that the Saskatchewan Rush would three-peat in the Champion’s Cup. However with the finals just days away, the Rush appear to be the underdogs and the Georgia Swarm look to be the unstoppable force destined to win it all. But let’s not count the Rush out just yet. Saskatchewan is a combined plus-10 in two playoff games so far this…

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Rush defeat Mammoth 18-9

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May 16, 2017

Rush score nine times in final quarter to turn Game 1 into a rout The Saskatchewan Rush used a seven goal run early in the final quarter to cruise to an 18-9 game one win in the western division finals in front of 11,012 fans in the Pepsi Center. The attendance was the lowest this season for the Mammoth. The Rush scored a total of nine goals in the final…

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Steady Swarm defense stops Rock in east final

Mike Poulin of the Georgia Swarm makes a save against the Toronto Rock in the east division semi-final on May 13, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre. (Photo credit: Anna Taylor)
May 16, 2017

After scoring nearly 40 goals over their past two games, the Toronto Rock’s offense disappeared in an 11-8 loss to the Georgia Swarm in game one of the east division final Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. The Swarm will try to close out the series this coming Saturday, May 20, in game two. If the Rock can tie the series, the teams will play a ten-minute mini-game to…

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Mammoth defeat Stealth 13-12; advance to western finals

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May 8, 2017

Mammoth advance to western finals for first time since winning the championship in 2006. Saturday night the Colorado Mammoth defeated the Vancouver Stealth 13-12 in front of 4,011 fans at the Langley Events Centre. With the win Colorado will now face the Saskatchewan Rush. This will mark the first time the Mammoth have advanced to the west division finals since winning the Champions Cup back in 2006. Since winning the cup the…

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Offensive explosion leads Rock past Black Wolves in east semi-final

The Toronto Rock and New England Black Wolves clash in their east division semi-final at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Photo credit: Anna Taylor)
May 8, 2017

  It’s Miller time in Toronto. A week after backup goaltender Brandon Miller relieved Nick Rose in Buffalo to lead the Rock to a home-floor playoff berth, he backstopped the team to an 18-10 win in the east division semi-final over the New England Black Wolves at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. The Rock scored a season-high 19 goals in Buffalo and came one shy of matching that versus…

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Stealth Host Mammoth in NLL West Division Semi-Final

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May 6, 2017

The Stealth haven’t earned a playoff berth since moving to Vancouver until now. And this year, they’ve even managed to pick up a home game for the first round, as they will host the Colorado Mammoth in a one-game semi-final tilt on Saturday night. While in Washington state, the Stealth went to the Champion’s Cup three times in four years, winning once. The successes have been much harder to come…

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