Welcome to week ten of the 2019-20 NLL season, y’all!
Week ten features five games, including three on Friday night. The week gets started on Friday at 7:00pm ET with Georgia travelling to Philadelphia. Toronto will also host Halifax and Buffalo will host Rochester on Friday, as well. Saturday night will see Vancouver travel to New England and Colorado and San Diego battle it out in Las Vegas, Nev., at Orleans Arena.
San Diego vs Colorado will be the NLL Game of The Week, which can be viewed FREE of charge on Twitter, Facebook, and B/R Live.
Week Ten Storylines
Las Vegas Takeover
One of the biggest stories of the year is San Diego hosting Colorado in Las Vegas. From the moment the game was announced back in the winter, it has been a main talking point around the league. It truly his a historic and monumental event for the NLL and the sport of lacrosse as a whole.
How well the game draws attendance-wise will be a hot button topic across the league for the rest of the season. And if they do very well, discussions about an NLL expansion franchise being put in Las Vegas will take off even more.
Besides the glitz and glamour around the event, the game itself is an intriguing one. The Seals (2-5) are coming off of a win in New York and the Mammoth (4-3) are coming off of an overtime loss at home against Buffalo. How each team responds is definitely something to watch.
For San Diego, the availability of starting goalie Frank Sciligiano is somewhat up in the air after he was out last weekend, but backup Nick Damude looked very good. For Colorado, many will be looking for them to put together a full 60 minutes instead of having hot and cold stretches throughout the game as they have seemed to do a lot this year.
New England Looking to Bounce Back
The New England Black Wolves (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season over the weekend, losing in overtime at home against the Georgia Swarm. The Black Wolves will be looking to bounce back this weekend as they host the Vancouver Warriors (2-4) on Saturday night.
While New England only has one loss on the season, they come into this contest against Vancouver looking to secure a win in convincing fashion. In week nine they defeated Philadelphia on a controversial overtime goal from Callum Crawford and last week they lost in overtime to Georgia. In both of those games, the Black Wolves had a cold spell late in the game where they were held scoreless for nearly 10 minutes, allowing things to go to overtime.
The Black Wolves will be looking to get back on track with a win and bring the juice on both ends. But they especially want to get that offense flowing with a guy Callum Crawford leading the way.
Also, with Vancouver now having a bonafide starter in Eric Penney and Doug Jamieson playing well for New England this season, this game could very much become a goaltender duel if both guys can get hot early on.
Can Halifax Keep Their Win Streak Going?
How many of y’all thought that Halifax would be the last undefeated team standing? If you answered yes, you are either much smarter than the average NLL fan or you are lying.
The run that Halifax has been on this season is absolutely phenomenal. And they will be looking to keep that run going as they face the Toronto Rock (3-2) on Friday. And this is a contest that could create some fireworks with some of the offensive weapons that will be on the floor for each squad.
Halifax is led by Cody Jamieson and Mike Burke who each have 26 points on the season, thus far. Ryan Benesch, Stephen Keogh, and others have also contributed plenty for Halifax on the offensive end, as well. Rob Hellyer (25 points) and Dan Dawson (19 points) lead the way for Toronto, offensively.
This game also has Alterna Cup implications, being just the third game in the in-season competition so far this season.
For those who don’t know, the Alterna cup is a new in-season competition amongst the five Canadian franchises. And it’s based on head-to-head matchups. The winner of the cup will be announced at the end of the regular season.
Learn more about the cup here.
Week Ten Schedule
Friday, January 31st
7:00 pm ET: Georgia @ Philadelphia
7:30pm ET: Halifax @ Toronto
7:30pm ET: Rochester @ Buffalo
Saturday, February 1st
7:30pm ET: Vancouver @ New England
10:00pm ET: Colorado @ San Diego (Las Vegas, Nev.)