NLL Power Rankings: Mammoth Hold Top Spot

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Another exciting weekend of action.  The Toronto Rock dominate the Rochester Knighthawks 17-6 and now has a two game winning streak.  The New England Black Wolves are for real!  Kevin Crowley gets the game winner with four seconds left for a 16-15 victory and the Wolves are howling at 5-2.  The Colorado Mammoth get a huge out put by Adam Jones’ six goals and come back to win in the final second 11-10. The Buffalo Bandits scores 19 in a win over the Saskatchewan Rush, the Calgary Roughnecks get saddled with another OT loss, and the Rush gain a weekend split.

This season has been nothing short of exciting!  Three games on the slate this week, all Saturday night.


1—(1) Colorado Mammoth (7-2)   Was in a dog fight the entire night.  Trailing 9-4 after three quarters (6-2, half) Adam Jones came to play in the fourth scoring six of the seven goals including the game winner with one second to go.  This week they face the top team in the east. Next Game: vs New England   Saturday 9 p.m.

2—(2) New England BlackWolves (5-2)   In another game for the ages, Kevin Crowley (3 G, 3 A) scored the game winner with four seconds to go for a 16-15 victory. Shawn Evans (3 G, 7 A) and Jordan Hall (3 G, 6 A) led the attack. This week it’s East vs West  Next Game: @ Colorado  Saturday p.m.  

3—(3) Saskatchewan Rush (5-3)   A well deserved bye week for the Rush this weekend after gaining a split in a pair of games last week.  A shootout loss to Buffalo 19-18, then they rebound in a 12-11 win over divisional rival Calgary.  Next Game: Saturday March 12 vs Georgia 9:30 p.m.

4—(6) Buffalo Bandits (5-4)  After a weekend sweep on the downside, the Bandits rebounded in a 19-18 shoot-out win over the Rush north of the border.  Dhane Smith keeps staking his claim to the MVP of the year with another (4 G, 4 A)  Next Game: Saturday @ Vancouver 10:00 p.m

5—(4)  Georgia Swarm (4-5) In a game that could have gone either way, the Swarm fell to New England 16-15 in the final seconds.  Jesse King (4 G, 6 A) and Johnny Powless (3 G, 3 A) led the Swarm offense.  Swarm will regroup with a bye this week.   Next Game: Saturday March 12 @ Saskatchewan 9:30 p.m.

6—(5) Rochester Knighthawks (3-4)   After defeating Toronto in their last two meetings by a total of 12 goals, the Knighthawks were rolled by the Rock 17-6.  Wish I could say there was a bright side. Knighthawks look to get back on track this weekend.   Next Game: Saturday  @ Calgary  Saturday 9 p.m.

7—(7) Vancouver Stealth (3-5)  Had a 6-2 lead at the half and should have won the game, but again they fail to close it out.  Adam Jones beat them for six goals including the game winner with a second left.  Some games they start slow and struggle, others they start fast and fizzle at the end. Next Game: vs Buffalo Saturday 10:00 p.m

8—(8) Calgary Roughnecks (3-6)  Another tough overtime loss.  Calgary fell to the Rush 12-11, their second straight OT loss.  Four of the six losses are by a total of five goals.  Calgary looks to get on the winning side at home this weekend.  Next Game: vs Rochester Saturday 9:00 p.m. 

9—(9) Toronto Rock (2-6)   Two in a row!  It’s called a winning streak.  To say the Rock dominated this game would be an understatement.  They rolled Rochester 17-6, and took advantage of every chance—8-10 on the powerplay along with a short-handed goal.  Kasey Biernes (6 G, 1 A), Rob Hellyer (3 G, 8 A), Stephan LeBlanc (3 G, 4 A) and Josh Sanderson (3 G, 4 A) led the dominance.  Rock have a bye this week before playing two next weekend. Next Game(s): Friday March 11  vs Calgary 8:00 p.m.,  Sunday March 13 vs Vancouver   3:00 p.m.

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