NLL Weekly Three Stars: Week Three

January 19, 2015

There was only one game this week, but the excitement made it feel like a full slate of games.  The Buffalo Bandits held off a late Stealth rally to win 14-13.  The Stealth were dominated on the faceoffs, only winning eight of 32, and were decimated on the loose balls 79-39.  Full slate of games next week. Three Stars. 1—Dhane Smith (Buffalo)  Smith scored five times (one power play) and…


Bye Week: Rochester Knighthawks, Time to Panic?

January 16, 2015

Are the defending champions in trouble?  Is there need to worry?  Should the panic button be pushed? Some will say yes.  The defending three-time champions are currently 0-2 (19GF/30GA), and both losses are to division rivals.  This time last season they were on top of the east at 3-0 (33GF/23GA), and 3-0 in the division.  Of course they have been without the services of injured forward Stephen Keogh for the first two games,…


NLL Power Rankings Week 1: Rock Roll to Top

January 7, 2015

Week 1 is in the books and saying it was exciting is an understatement. New England received a franchise and the fans were rewarded with a victory, Rochester raised their third championship banner, Mammoth and Stealth put huge numbers up in their games.  And think, we have 17 more weeks of this.   NLL Power Rankings   Week 1 1—Toronto Rock (1-0)  Used a four-goal fourth to battle back and spoil…


N.L.L. Three Stars: Week 1

January 5, 2015

  We have come to the conclusion of week one and it was certainly one for the books.  Trying to pick the 3 stars of the week is difficult enough, but to pick them after this week is unreal. A major upset in Calgary, an 11 goal explosion by Colorado and a comeback against the defending champions.   Three Stars Week 1 1–Rhys Duch–(Van).  Duch led the Stealth to an…


Knighthawks Raise Banner; Rock Win Game

January 5, 2015

The Rochester Knighthawks started their 21st year in the National Lacrosse League the same way they started the last two seasons, raising their championship banner.  This one was special, this isn’t just a normal championship banner, this banner represents history.  The 2014 banner will forever represent the first team to ever three-peat in the National Lacrosse Leagues existence, which is now 29 years. The ceremony kicked off with members of…


Five Stories to Watch: NLL Week One

January 2, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We start the 29th year of National Lacrosse League action with a lot of excitement.  The Rochester Knighthawks made history by being the first team to three-peat in the league’s 28-year history.  We also had the oldest franchise change residence as the Philadelphia Wings loaded up the trucks and headed north to the Mohegan Sun and are now the New England Black Wolves.  It looks like we…


Player Profile: Pat Saunders #14 New England Blackwolves

December 28, 2014

Saunders was a sixth round selection of the Chicago Shamrox back in 2008.  Since then he has spent time with the Minnesota Swarm, Rochester Knighthawks, Toronto Rock, and Philadelphia Wings in 2012. Last season Saunders was back again in Philadelphia and had a bang out year with 25 G, 14 A in 15 games.  Prior to the start of last season Saunders came into camp on a mission.  He was…


Calgary Roughnecks Mission 2015, Champion’s Cup

December 27, 2014

Last season Calgary came into Rochester up 1-0 in the Finals.  Game 2 was as close as it can get for 45 minutes as Calgary was only down by a goal.  All that was needed was the Roughnecks to win the final quarter by two goals to hoist the Champion’s Cup.  But Rochester put up six goals to win 16-10, tying the series at a game each, forcing the mini-game….


Knighthawks Pre-Season Recap/Season Preview

December 26, 2014

The Rochester Knighthawks made history last season by becoming the first team in league history to three-peat.  Once again just like 2012 and 2013 the Knighthawks have very little turnover in their roster. This season the Hawks are returning 16 players from last years roster, and 18 once Keogh and Brad Self come off the Physically Unable to Perform List. Pre-season games for the Knighthawks seemed more focused on seeing…


NLL Pre-Season Power Rankings

December 20, 2014

It’s time to start another season of NLL action.  History was made last year as the Rochester Knighthawks won their third consecutive NLL Champions Cup, the first time a team has ever done this in league history.  We also had a team relocate.  The Philadelphia Wings, the last of the original four teams packed their bags and moved north as the Mohegan Sun bought into the team.  They will now…