Itâ€™s the second straight weekend where clutch scoring was at a bare minimum, the Toronto Rock taking an early lead againt the Philadelphia Wings and not looking back and the Rochester Knighthawks pushing past the Edmonton Rush in the second period and keeping them below a good compete level the rest of the way. They were Week 8â€™s lone two regular season games, plus the All-Star Game, which had goals, but describing any of those 56 as clutch would be, well, wrong. Casey Powell leads the Money Baller mainboard at around the seasonâ€™s halfway mark, little movement on the leaderboard due to the above described contests. Today, weâ€™ll take a quick look at the seasonâ€™s top goal scoring stat leaders past just the regular scoring charts, all after the jump.
Monday, February 28. 2011
The National Lacrosse Leagueâ€™s All-Star Game took center stage on Sunday and while the topic was avoided completely during the gameâ€™s broadcast on Versus (and then tape delayed on TSN), the Buffalo Newsâ€˜ Budd Bailey connected with league commissioner George Daniel in regards to the Calgary Roughnecksâ€™ situation yesterday, Daniel telling the paper, â€œWeâ€™re working very hard. We hope we can find a solution over the next week to 10 days, to stabilize the franchise. Thatâ€™s our goal. Iâ€™m optimistic that we can come up with something.â€
February 28th, 2011 by Casey Vock
While things are possibly coming apart at the seams in the West for the Calgary Roughnecks, itâ€™s business as usual in the East, where Toronto and Boston are in the first and second place slots, respectively, but even the teams at the back of the pack are certainly competitors and only a few games back at the most. And this weekâ€™s Around the Horn serves as the perfect opportunity to check in with a couple of guys who are going to be essential to their teamâ€™s moving forward in Knighthawks captain and 14-year vet Shawn Williams and Kyle Rubisch, the rookie sensation whoâ€™s made a big name for himself with the Blazers.
Check it out after the jump.
02/28/2011 By Travis Larner for NLL.com
EAST WINS ALL-STAR GAME, 30-26 OVER WEST
Shawn Evans named Game MVP
The East defeated the West 30-26 in the 2011 NLL All-Star Game at the Event Center at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, presented by the Oneida Indian Nation.
The All-Star Game showcased the best of the best in the league, as the top players from the East Division battled their counterparts from the West in an entertaining game where everyone was able to show off their skills. "It's a great game because it's a lot of fun," said West Head Coach Chris Hall (Washington Stealth). "More or less, the guys just go out there and be creative. They really got a chance to display their skills and show some of the fancy stuff."Continue reading "EAST WINS ALL-STAR GAME, 30-26 OVER WEST" »
Saturday, February 26. 2011
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
Bruce Urban fully expects his Edmonton Rush to beat the Calgary Roughnecks March 19 at the Saddledome, and not by default. The Rush owner also can envision a Battle of Alberta in the 2011 National Lacrosse League playoffs.Continue reading "Roughnecks will play full season: Rush owner" »
Friday, February 25. 2011
Itâ€™s a light week in the NLL with two games taking place Saturday before the All-Star festivities begin on Sunday. Both games were close in the fan voting with Philadelphia and Edmonton getting the consensus fan pick.
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A desperate supporter's plea for help? Or a stubborn owner who can't let go of his baby? It's hard to tell what's happening in Calgary, but it's definitely the kind of publicity the National Lacrosse League doesn't need heading into its All-Star weekend.
Calgary Roughnecks owner Brad Banister
On Tuesday evening, Calgary Roughnecks' owner Brad Banister sent a press release to local media, stating that his team is on the brink of collapse and might not make it through the season. According to one report, he demanded that all recipients of the release publish it in full; those who didn't wouldn't be allowed to ask questions at the next day's press conference. The release, in asking for public support, called out all the Roughnecks' charitable and community programs, and included an ominous threat:
Every Friday IL Indoor will track-back through the past seven days, looking at the stories that stole headlines and how theyâ€™ll affect the sport moving forward this weekend (and in some cases beyond).
The top story this week for the National Lacrosse League is not a pleasant one. Bottom line: The Calgary Roughnecks may not finish the season if they donâ€™t get some financial help, although there is assurance theyâ€™ll play at least their March 5 game in Philadelphia. Owner Brad Banister says he needs $500,000 to keep the team running through this season and thereâ€™s been a lot of back-and-forth about whether or not the NHLâ€™s Calgary Flames have shown interest in the lacrosse team. Itâ€™s a situation that brings a lot of questions and makes it difficult to choose a side, if there is one to choose.
Thursday, February 24. 2011
The Calgary Roughnecks issued a press release on Thursday indicating that the NHLâ€™s Calgary Flames have in fact expressed â€˜interestâ€™ in the purchase of the National Lacrosse League franchise, but nothing concrete was ever proposed.
e Calgary Sun has confirmed with the National Lacrosse League that the league themselves will be compensating Calgary Roughnecks All-Star Game representatives; Scott Ranger, Jeff Shattler, Geoff Snider and Andrew McBride, at this weekendâ€™s mid-season showcase in Verona, New York on Sunday afternoon (2PM EST).
February 24th, 2011 by Bob Chavez
While most National Lacrosse League coverage this week has been saturated with reports on the Calgary Roughnecks and their fight to keep their 2011 season alive, forgotten by many surely is this weekendâ€™s (live on Versus) NLL All-Star Game, the league announcing yesterday that John Tavares and John Grant would captain their respective divisions.