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Preview: New England at Toronto


New England Black Wolves (4-1) At Toronto Rock (3-2)
At Air Canada Centre
Saturday, January 27th, 7:00 p.m. ET
Live on Twitter
 
Last Game: The New England Black Wolves won 11-9 at home over the Rochester Knighthawks on Sunday, January 21st. The Toronto Rock won 17-9 at home over the Knighthawks on Friday, January 12th. 
 
Players to Watch: New England – Shawn Evans (three goals, three assists), Reilly O’Connor (two goals, three assists), Stephan Leblanc (two goals, two assists) and Kyle Buchanan (four assists) led the Black Wolves in last week’s win over Rochester.
 
Toronto – Tom Schreiber (four goals, four assists), Adam Jones (three goals, five assists), Rob Hellyer (one goal, four assists) and Challen Rogers (one goal, four assists) led the Rock in scoring in the win over the Knighthawks.
 
Noteworthy:
The Black Wolves are off to a 4-1 start for the first time since moving to Mohegan Sun from Philadelphia. They are also 3-0 at home for the first time since relocation.
The Black Wolves are now tied with Saskatchewan for the best record in the NLL.
New England was 2-0 against Toronto last season.
The Black Wolves lead the league in penalty killing (71.4 percent).
With three goals against the Knighthawks, Kevin Crowley posted his fourth multi-goal game of the season. He has now scored in 24 straight regular season games for the Black Wolves dating back to May 1, 2016 against Rochester.
Reilly O’Connor recorded his 100th career point against Rochester.
Shawn Evans ranks fourth in the NLL in points (32) and is tied for fourth in assists (21). 
Kevin Crowley is tied for fourth in the league in goals with 13 on the season.
Jay Thorimbert leads the NLL in both loose balls (57) and faceoff wins (75). 
Aaron Bold holds the third-lowest goals against average in the league (11.15). He also ranks third amongst goaltenders in saves with 190.
Toronto tied the league-high this season with 24 goals against Vancouver on January 6th. In that same game, the Rock recorded a league-best 63 total points.
Adam Jones is tied for the league lead in points (36), tied for second in goals (14) and third in assists (22).
Tom Schreiber is currently tied for fourth in the NLL in goals (13), fifth in points (31) and tied for seventh in assists (18).
Rob Hellyer ranks sixth in the league in assists (20) and is tied for ninth in points (29). He recorded a league-high nine assists against the Stealth on January 6th. 
 
New England Black Wolves coach Glenn Clark
Opening Statement:
“We’re happy being 4-1 at this point, happy with the result last weekend. Rochester is always a tough game for us, they play us tough. They have a real good, strong defense and goaltending. We’re happy with results so far. Obviously, Toronto is very good at home. They are a very active team so this will be another big challenge. They’re hot right now. They are on a three-game winning streak where they have put up huge numbers offensively. It will be a real challenge and test for our defense at this point in the season.”
 
On the performance of Aaron Bold thus far:
“He’s certainly been getting better as the games go on. I haven’t seen the breakdown of his stats, first half versus the second half, but he has certainly been better in the second half of games. He’s a guy who prides himself on conditioning, he runs a personal training business and he lives that lifestyle. He has been getting stronger as the games go on and at this point in the season, we’ve seen that play out where he has really had strong fourth quarters. The fourth quarters, in particular, have been his strongest. It’s kind of his makeup I guess. He gets into a better groove as the game goes on, he doesn’t get fatigued, he gets more comfortable with the shooters and makes adjustments and assessments as the game goes on. He is a real pro in that way in terms of video and studying and analyzing guys, and so far, it’s played out as the season has gone on.”
 
What has gotten Toronto going over their last three games?
“I’m not really sure. Everyone made a big deal about them being 0-2, but one of the losses were to Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan came out of the gate on fire and was laying a beating on everyone for the first month. The one they probably thought that they didn’t play that well was against Buffalo, but since then, they’re playing to their strengths. They are an active team on offense. They have a well-rounded offense in terms of being able to hurt you from a lot of different spots and they’ve had the Midas touch. Their shooting percentage has been really high and the quality looks they are getting, they are capitalizing on. They have just been on a really good streak goal scoring-wise, and that will be our challenge; to try and disrupt that and slow that down.”
 
Next Game: The New England Black Wolves return home to host the Buffalo Bandits at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, February 9th at 7:30 p.m. ET. For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.