(Photo Courtesy of Rochester Knighthawks)
The final week of NLL training camp and preseason scrimmages has concluded as the season gets underway on Friday, November 29th.
On Saturday, the Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Knighthawks, and Saskatchewan Rush all closed out their preseason slate with wins as they wrap up training camp and shift their ficus towards the regular season.
Buffalo defeated the New England Black Wolves 10-6 on Saturday afternoon in a scrimmage that was held in Rochester. Buffalo took a 3-2 lead in the first with Corey Small, Chris Cloutier, and Dhane Smith each getting on the board for the Bandits. Buffalo was able to stay ahead despite things being tight all game, going up 5-4 at the half and closing out the game on a 5-2 run in the second half to secure the 10-6 victory.
Chris Cloutier led the way for Buffalo with three goals while Ian MacKay and Dhane Smith each netted two goals in the win. Additionally, Cory Small, Vaughn Harris, and Brett Noseworthy each scored one goal for Buffalo. In net, Matt Vinc played 41 minutes and made 31 saves off of 35 shots. No stats were reported for New England.
On Saturday night, the Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Philadelphia Wings 15-11 at home and the Saskatchewan Rush beat the Toronto Rock 13-10 at the TRAC in Orangeville.
Rochester got behind early with Philadelphia getting on the board fairly quickly. However, Rochester was eventually able to rattle off three consecutive goals to go up 3-1 late in the quarter. Things would be fairly back-and-forth all game with the score being tied at 11 with five minutes to play in the fourth. Rochester scored four straight to secure the win.
For Rochester, Sawn Evans led the way with six points (3G/3A) while Holden Cattoni had five points (2G/3A) and Dan Lintner scored four goals. In net, Steve Fryer and Craig Wende split time. No stats for Philadelphia were available.
Against the Rock, The Saskatchewan Rush were able to get ahead early, taking a 3-0 lead early in the first 57 seconds of the game. Toronto was able to mount multiple comebacks throughout the game, but could never overcome the Rush’s early lead that dug the Rock into somewhat of a hole. The Rush went on an 8-6 from the second quarter through the final horn to secure the win.
Nick Rose made 38 saves against 49 shots in the loss for Toronto. No other stats were available for this contest.
Teams must submit their final rosters with 21 active players to the league on Monday. The 2019-20 NLL season starts on Friday night with Colorado hosting Saskatchewan and Vancouver hosting Calgary. ALL games for the first two weeks of the season will be available to watch for FREE on B/R Live.