Week ten in the NLL features just three games. Three! While fans don’t like to see that it gives some teams some rest that they may or may not need as we head into the second half of the season, and the playoff race heats up.
Friday, February 22nd
Buffalo Bandits (8-2) @ Rochester Knighthawks (2-6) – 7:30pm
These two squads meet for the third and final time this season on Friday. In the first meeting Buffalo absolutely burned Rochester and in the second meeting Rochester sprinted out to a lead and held on for the win. Buffalo comes into this game with a stellar offense and looking to keep their 4-game winning streak alive. Shawn Evans, Dhane Smith, and others have been stellar this season and they will be looking to keep that going here on Friday. Rochester has struggled this season with just 2 wins thus far. They can be very good on both sides of the floor, and they need to find that mojo again to turn things around here in the second half of the season.
Colorado (3-5) @ Saskatchewan (4-4) – 8:30pm
Out in the west things are crazy and this game matters for both squads. Colorado and Saskatchewan are both of these teams are coming off of much-needed wins last weekend. The Rush have had some recent woes, but have seemed to have addressed them on both the offensive and defensive side of the floor, at least as of now. A team this stacked with guys like Mark Matthews, Jeff Shattler, Ben McIntosh, and others can be a threat any night. Expect the Rush to keep the good things going at home this weekend. Colorado has improved tremendously over the course of the season. They have finally been more consistent in the defensive end with Dillon Ward in net and on offense with guys like Ryan Benesch. The Mammoth need this win as much as the Rush do, and expect it to be a dog fight until the end.
Sunday, February 24th
Toronto Rock (7-1) @ New England Blackwolves (5-4) – 1:00pm
As the hottest team in the league, the Toronto Rock go into New England for a Sunday afternoon contest against the Black Wolves. Toronto has been red-hot on both ends of the floor with Nick Rose in net and guys like Tom Schreiber on the offensive end. The New England defense will definitely need to be their best if they want any chance at taking down Toronto. The Black Wolves have been led by Callum Crawford on offense and David Brock on the defensive end. Without a bona fide starting goaltender the Black Wolves may have trouble on the defensive end of the floor. This is a game that can be really tight, but also has the possibility of Toronto, or even New England, run away with this one. And we have seen that happen all season long.