Welcome to Week fifteen of the 2019-20 NLL season, y’all!
Week fifteen will see eight games take place, including four on Saturday and four on Sunday. The weekend starts on Saturday with Philadelphia hosting New England. Georgia will also travel to New York, Vancouver will travel to Saskatchewan, and San Diego host Rochester on Saturday night. Sunday will see Buffalo travel to Halifax, Calgary travel to Toronto, Philadelphia travel to Georgia, and Rochester travel to Colorado.
Georgia vs New York will be the NLL Game of The Week, streaming FREE on B/R Live, Facebook, and Twitter.
Three Times A Charm
This weekend will see the third and final matchup between multiple divisional opponents. And some of these contest could have playoff implications.
On Saturday, New England will travel to Philadelphia for the third and final meeting between the two clubs. Their first contest saw Callum Crawford score a controversial goal in overtime to seal the win for the Black Wolves, but the Wings got payback last meeting as they exploded down the stretch to seal the deal. The third and final meeting between these two East Division opponents is sure to have everything that makes a great game, and with each team’s ability to spark at any times could see this one go either way.
North Division opponents Buffalo and Halifax will go head-to-head for the third time this season and second week in a row on Saturday. The Thunderbirds burned the Bandits in their first weekend and the Bandits returned the favor last weekend. However, the loser almost came back in both contest. This third and final contest has all the makings of a shooting clinic, but Buffalo still not having Dhane Smith back has to be concerning, despite the other quality pieces they have on the offensive end.
The Georgia Swarm will travel to Long Island on Saturday to face the New York Riptide for the third and final time this season. The Riptide stunned the Swarm last time these two facedoff on Long Island, but the Swarm got business done when these two went head-to-head in Georgia.
Can the Rock Keep Moving Forward?
The Toronto Rock have had a unique theme this season. After every loss they have won their next three games. They kept that trend alive after beating Saskatchewan in a defensive battle last week, rebounding after a loss against Halifax. The Rock’s next two contest are against Calgary and Buffalo. Winning those would keep that theme going.
Against Calgary this weekend, an embattled Toronto Rock team will head west to take on the Roughnecks. If the Rock are still without Tom Schreiber, Dan Dawson, Latrell Harris, and others who have been injured for multiple weeks, it could be a very tough contest against this Calgary defense anchored by Christian Del Bianco.
However, Toronto has shown their ability to band together and put in a full team effort, despite all the injuries. The next man up mentality has been a blessing to Toronto this season. Guys like Rob Hellyer, Zach Manns, and others on the offensive end are going to have to step up like they all season.
With Nick Rose in net and guys like David Brock, Brad Kri, and Billy Hostrawser make this defense a serious threat and give the Rock the ability to win any game. And because of that, this contest against Calgary could go the same way their contest against Saskatchewan went a week ago.
Week 15 Schedule
Saturday, March 7th
1:00 pm ET: Philadelphia vs New England
7:30pm ET: New York vs Georgia
8:00pm ET: Saskatchewan vs Vancouver
10:30pm ET: San Diego vs San Diego
Sunday, March 8th
2:00 pm ET: Halifax vs Buffalo
3:00pm ET: Calgary vs Toronto
4:00pm ET: Georgia vs Philadelphia
7:00pm ET: Colorado vs Rochester