NLL Power Rankings: Week Seven



1–(LW-2) Colorado Mammoth (6-2)  After a slight two game losing streak, the Mammoth swept both their games this past weekend.  A 9-7 win over the  Rush, followed by a 13-8 win over Calgary.  Adam Jones, Callum Crawford and John Grant Jr., are leading the offense, as the Mammoth continue to get stronger every week.  Colorado is off this week and will host Vancouver at 5pm February 27th.


2–(4) Buffalo Bandits (4-2)  The Bandits continue to tear it up in the east, by swatting the Swarm 21-14.  Dhane Smith (5G/8A), Ryan Benesch (3G/6A) led the attack.  Alex Kedoh-Hill (4G/1A) and Daryl Veltman (3G/1A) a nine goal second quarter put the Bandits ahead for good. This week the Bandits play twice. @ Toronto (0-6) Friday 8pm.  Then a return match as they host Georgia (3-4) Saturday 7:30pm.


3–(3) New England BlackWolves (4-2)   Watch out NLL. Blackwolves are on the prowl.  It wasn’t until April 4, 2015 when the Blackwolves picked up their fourth and final victory of the season.  Now a third into this season they sit in a tie for first following their dramatic 17-16 overtime win over Toronto.  Shawn Evans (6G/6A), including the game tying goal, along with Kevin Crowley and Pat Saunders (4G/2A) each, led the offense.  New England is off this week.  Next Game: vs Georgia (3-4) Sunday February 28  3pm


4–(1) Saskatchewan Rush (3-2)   Still a force in this league, the Rush fell 9-7.  If they could of eliminated the third quarter, the Rush would be 4-1.  That’s why we play sixty minutes not forty-five. Being outscored 5-1 in the third was all Colorado needed.  Defense is their, but the offense failed to show. Next Game: vs Rochester (3-2) Friday 8:30pm.


5–(5) Rochester Knighthawks (3-2)  After falling behind early, the Knighthawks battled back to tie the game in the third quarter, and then win the game in overtime thanks to a rocket from Cody Jamieson (4G/5A).  Dan Dawson (2G/6A) and Cory Vitarelli (4G/3A).  Angus Goodleaf picked up the win after replacing starter Matt Vinc with seven minutes remaining in the first half. Rochester will now play their next four games on the road.                                 Next Game:  vs Rush  Friday 8:30pm.


6–(6)  Georgia Swarm (3-4)  A seven goal run by Buffalo in the second quarter doomed Georgia as they fall 21-14. The normal suspects, Miles & Lyle Thompson and rookie Randy Staats combined for 3 goals.  Zach Higgins started in goal, but was relieved just :43 into the second half after allowing 9 goals on 31 shots.  Brodie MacDonald didnt fair any better a he allowed 12 goals on 29 shots. Hopefully this weekend will be different.  Next Game(s): @ Buffalo Saturday 7:30pm.


7–(7) Calgary Roughnecks (3-4)  It’s still early but Calgary is starting to play similar to last year as they fought for the final playoff spot.  A 13-8 loss to Colorado.  The Mammoth would score six times in the first six minutes to seal the Roughnecks fate.  Tyler Digby and Wesley Berg each recorded hat tricks.  Next Game: @ Vancouver (2-4) Saturday 10pm. 


8–(8) Vancouver Stealth (2-4)  In what was one of the most exciting games this past weekend, the Stealth fall in overtime 16-15 to the Knighthawks.  With :20 to go, Rhys Duch put the ball by Angus Goodleaf to tie the game, but Cody Jamieson had other ideas in overtime as he bursted Vancouver’s upset bubble.  Rhys Duch and Garrett Billings (3G/5A), Logan Schuss (2G/8A) and Cory Small (3G/3A) led the offense.  Stealth will try to recover this weekend.  Next Game:  vs  Calgary (3-4 ) Saturday 10pm


9–(9) Toronto Rock (0-6)   Again the Rock just fall short as they fall 17-16 in overtime to New England.  The return of Josh Sanderson (1G/4A) did pump the team up and it looked as if they had their first win after Stephan LeBlanc (4G/4A) put them ahead with :19 remaining.  The Blackwolves would tie the game :12 later and win it :49 into overtime.  Rob Hellyer (3G/7A) did all he could.  Sitting three games out of a playoff spot with twelve remaining seems possible, except when the two teams you need to pass hold the tie-breaker over you.    Next Game :  vs Buffalo  Friday 8pm.

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