NLL: Rock beat Thunderbirds in tight quarterfinal game… again

May 9, 2023

It’s becoming an annual tradition: the Toronto Rock and Halifax Thunderbirds in the first round of the playoffs. As with many traditions, this observance (called the ‘NLL Quarterfinals’) includes fierce faceoff battles, superior goaltending, a Halifax comeback to force a tight game. And, in the end, a Toronto Rock victory, 15-11. Last year’s hero was Challen Rogers scoring in transition in overtime. Unlike last year when he played defence due…


NLL: 4th Quarter Rally Pushes Thunderbirds Past Rush, 15-11

April 18, 2023

After trailing for three quarters, the Halifax Thunderbirds erupted for nine goals in the final 15 minutes to earn a critical 15-11 win over the Saskatchewan Rush. The win keeps Halifax in a fourth-place tie with the Georgia Swarm in the East Conference, while the loss drops the Rush to 6-10 on the season, leaving them in fifth place in the West Conference, and out of the playoff picture for…


NLL: Thunderbirds suffer worst loss since moving to Halifax

April 4, 2023

The Halifax Thunderbirds suffered their worst loss since moving to Halifax three years ago on Sunday afternoon, falling 17-7 to the Georgia Swarm at Scotiabank Centre. “It was an embarrassing effort,” said Thunderbirds captain Cody Jamieson. “I said it on the bench in between the quarters that it was an embarrassing effort. The effort wasn’t there tonight right from the get-go. Excuses are for cowards, I told them. (Georgia) was…


NLL: Thunderbirds move ahead of Wings in East Conference standings after 14-10 win

March 31, 2023

The Halifax Thunderbirds soared into Philadelphia and came out with a huge 14-10 win on Saturday evening at Wells Fargo Centre. The game (which had a playoff vibe) was fast and physical. It came down to the little things that ended up making the difference in the game, including a controversial goal that wasn’t a goal – but then became a goal because the official didn’t blow the whistle in…


NLL: Halifax Thunderbirds take a “must win” game over the Toronto Rock 

March 20, 2023

The Halifax Thunderbirds defeated the Toronto Rock 14–12 in front of over 9,957 fans at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Saturday night.  This was a massive win for the Thunderbirds. They came into the game tied with the Philadelphia Wings for fourth place in the East with a 5-7 record while on a three-game losing skid. Philadelphia lost to Georgia on Saturday, so Halifax winning moves them past the…


NLL: Bandits win sixth straight, Cloutier nets four in return  

March 13, 2023

When it comes to Buffalo, there are a few things that are for certain. As someone who lives there and was born and raised, I can vouch. The people are as nice, yet, battle tested as they come, the weather is as unpredictable as it gets and their sports teams sure know how to cause way-too-early cardiac issues. 14,896 fans braved some snowy weather to get down to the KeyBank…


NLL: Matt Vinc outduels Ryan Benesch in a match of milestone nights 

March 5, 2023

It was a night of milestones in Halifax on Friday night. Ryan Benesch became sixth player in NLL history to reach 500 goals on a hat-trick goal. However, it was not enough for the Halifax Thunderbirds to overcome the Buffalo Bandits. Buffalo’s goalie, Matt Vinc, stopped a back-door shot to secure the 10-9 victory for the Bandits during his record breaking 262nd game, the most ever by a goalie.  “I…


NLL: Withers on pace for record-breaking season

March 3, 2023

Jake “the Wiz” Withers has been living up to his nickname this year.  The defenceman for the Halifax Thunderbirds leads the league in faceoff win percentage with 83, while the next closest player, Philadelphia’s Trevor Baptiste, has 69 per cent. Withers is battling with Vancouver’s Reid Bowering for the loose balls crown. Bowering has 153, while Withers has 145 with one fewer game. Those numbers have Withers on pace for…


NLL: Thunderbirds win tight game against Riptide

February 22, 2023

The Halifax Thunderbirds accomplished a task they’ve struggled with this season- winning a tight game. They beat the New York Riptide 13-12 on Sunday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.  Before this game, Halifax blew leads at home against the Calgary Roughnecks and Albany FireWolves. This game looked like it could be going that way. Halifax was up 13-11 with 1:25 left until Reilly O’Connor got the Riptide within…


NLL: Fields helps Knighthawks hold off Halifax 16-14

February 16, 2023

The Rochester Knighthawks held off a late surge from Halifax to defeat the Thunderbirds for the first time in franchise history Saturday night 16-14. Conner Fields led the way for the Knighthawks with eight points, after four goals and four assists. Holden Cattoni added three goals, and assisted on four goals. “I don’t think that’s something that we really talked about; I know it’s part of the narrative of the…