Net Impact: Can the Knighthawks Three-Peat?

Four games into the 2014 NLL season, the Rochester Knighthawks are sitting in second place in the East Division with a 3-1 record. It is still early in the 18-game schedule and lots can happen between now and the playoffs, but does it look like the Knighthawks can win an unprecedented third Champion’s Cup in a row? The early indicators are good. In spite of suffering their first loss of…

January 28, 2014

Colorado Mammoth Earn Critical Win in Calgary

January 26, 2014

Photo Credit: Brad Watson/Calgary Roughnecks A behind-the-back shot by John Grant Jr. won the Colorado Mammoth a key 14-13 victory over the Calgary Roughnecks in overtime on Saturday night. The Mammoth (2-5) needed the win badly after losing four straight and were able to maintain a lead for most of the game. The Roughnecks (2-3) opened the scoring just 1:31 in, on a goal by Daryl Veltman. Athan Iannucci would…


Net Impact: The Effect of Power Plays and Penalty Killing

When a team in the National Lacrosse League goes on the power play, the typical outcome is a goal. In 2013 the power play success rate across the league was 51.4 percent on 712 total attempts; so far this season, the league is at exactly 50 percent success rate on 184 power plays. With such high risks associated with taking penalties, getting into frequent penalty trouble can easily be the…

January 21, 2014

Roughnecks Come Up Big With Win Over Stealth

January 19, 2014

Photo Credit: Calgary Roughnecks The Calgary Roughnecks needed a return to form after taking a thrashing from the Edmonton Rush on Friday night. And they did just that with a solid 15-12 victory over the Vancouver Stealth on Saturday. The Stealth picked up two quick goals to take the early lead before Calgary’s offense would finally find its legs, going on a three-goal run. Vancouver would go on another two-goal…


NLL Preview: Stealth Look To Extend Streak Against Roughnecks

January 18, 2014

On Saturday night, the Calgary Roughnecks (1-2) host the Vancouver Stealth (2-1) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Both teams are coming off Friday night games, but the results were very different. The Roughnecks were soundly defeated by the Edmonton Rush on Friday, by a 15-8 score. Curtis Dickson was held off the scoresheet and Jeff Shattler, who had scored four goals in each of the first two games of the season,…


NLL Preview: Roughnecks Travel to Edmonton for Battle of Alberta

The Calgary Roughnecks (1-1) journey north to Edmonton to take on the Rush (2-0) on Friday. This is the first game of the annual Battle of Alberta in which the two teams duke it out for supremacy in the NLL standings. The Roughnecks hold a 23-5 advantage over the Rush all time and beat Edmonton three times in four tries in 2013 so you might think they have the advantage….

January 17, 2014

Roughnecks Earn First Win of Season Over Mammoth

The Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Colorado Mammoth 13-12 on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Roughnecks were led by Dane Dobbie, who scored four times and added two assists. Jeff Shattler also contributed four goals and Geoff Snider added a hat trick. On the Mammoth side, John Grant Jr. had a six-point night (2 G, 4 A) and Drew Westervelt chipped in with five points (2 G, 3 A)….

January 11, 2014

Calgary Roughnecks Look to Bounce Back Vs. Colorado Mammoth

January 9, 2014

The Calgary Roughnecks host the Colorado Mammoth on Friday, Jan. 10 in their home opener of their 2014 season. The Roughnecks return home this weekend after a disappointing start to the season. They dropped a 16-11 decision to the Toronto Rock last weekend in a game they were never really in after getting behind 7-3 in the first quarter. In the weekly Coaches Media Conference, Calgary head coach Curt Malawsky…


Net Impact: NLL Face Off Specialists

January 6, 2014

Winning face offs seems to be one of those skills that you either have or you don’t. Most guys don’t. Typically the responsibility for taking draws falls to one or two players on any given team. In the 2013 NLL season, 12 players took 100 or more face offs. Half of those players had a success rate between 40 percent and 60 percent, with two below 40 percent and four…


Rock and Roughnecks Get Season Started in Toronto Tonight

The Calgary Roughnecks travel to Toronto to face the Rock in the Air Canada Centre on Friday, Jan. 3 to kick off the 2014 season for both teams. Both Toronto and Calgary had Week 1 of the NLL schedule off, so they have had an extra week to prepare for this game. “Like every team we’re very excited,” said Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky. “It’s a big challenge for us…

January 3, 2014