New England Black Wolves (3-1) vs. Rochester Knighthawks (2-3)
At Mohegan Sun Arena
Sunday, January 21st, 1:00 p.m. ET
Live on NLLTV.com
Last Game: The New England Black Wolves won 9-8 on the road over the Rochester Knighthawks on January 13th in the first of two consecutive week matchups between the two teams.
Players to Watch: New England – Through four games this season, Shawn Evans leads the team in both assists (18) and points (26), and is second in goals (eight). Kevin Crowley leads New England in goals (10), and is second on the team in points (14). Stephan Leblanc is second on the team in assists (nine) and third in points (12).
Rochester – Through five games, Kyle Jackson leads the Knighthawks in goals (11) and is fourth in points (18). Cody Jamieson leads the team in assists (19) and ranks second in points (25). Joe Resetarits leads Rochester in points (26), and is second on the team in both goals (10) and assists (16).
- Stephan Leblanc (two goals, four assists), Shawn Evans (one goal, five assists), Kevin Crowley (one goal, two assists) and Kyle Buchanan (one goal, two assists) led the Black Wolves in last week’s win over the Knighthawks.
- Cody Jamieson (two goals, four assists), Joe Resetarits (two goals, two assists), Dan Dawson (two goals, one assist) and Cory Vitarelli (three assists) led Rochester in last week’s loss to the Black Wolves.
- Last week’s win over Rochester was the first time New England has won while being outshot by their opponent this season.
- In his third win of the season, Aaron Bold recorded a season-high 48 saves against Rochester last weekend.
- David Brock led the Black Wolves with a season-high nine loose ball pick-ups.
- New England is 2-0 at home, while Rochester has lost both of their road games this season.
- The Black Wolves are second in the league in penalty killing (66.7 percent).
- Sunday’s game will be Shawn Evan’s 200th career game. He is currently tied for sixth in the NLL in assists (18) and tied for seventh in points (26).
- Reilly O’Connor needs just four points to reach 100 career points.
- Rochester ranks second in the NLL on the power play (60 percent).
- Joe Resetarits is tied for seventh in the league in points with 26.
- Cody Jamieson is tied for 3rd in the league in assists with 19.
- Kyle Jackson is tied for sixth in the NLL in goals with 11.
New England Black Wolves coach Glenn Clark
“We were obviously happy with the win in Rochester. It’s a tough building to play in and it always has been. They have been playing well other than the game against Toronto. We’re happy getting a win in there. Obviously, on the road against a divisional opponent is big, and we expect another big challenge on Sunday. We haven’t been entirely happy with our team, we haven’t had everything firing at once, but that’s the challenge for our group now; to get the offense going and the defense going all at the same time”.
Do you think Stephan Leblanc is starting to settle in with the offense?
“Yeah, he had a pretty rough start. The game in Saskatchewan was a horrible travel day for him and we were just horrible across the board. It was hard, we were playing him on defense and all over the place, so I’m going to write that one off for now. Then actually, the next game, he had the flu pretty bad and he was really struggling. To be honest, I thought he played pretty well considering, but you could see in the Rochester game, he was arguably our best offensive player. One of the reasons we went after him and have liked him is the way he plays. He plays a fast game, he’s very aware, he’s very similar to Kevin Crowley in being able to shut down transition and press defensive guys. He’s got a very active and complete game, and I think you saw at Rochester that it’s starting to come into form. A couple of those passes he made; the one to (David) Brock, the one to Kyle Buchanan, was just great vision throughout the floor. I think once guys get a little more comfortable with each other, he’s just going to be better and better.”
What did you learn about Rochester last week that may help you this weekend?
“We had a pretty good read on them. We’ve known their personnel for a while and with all the videos that are out there and everything, they’re just really fundamentally sound. They execute very well, they’re very good on repossessions on offense and their defense plays good lanes and tough defense. It’s about execution to be honest. We didn’t really see anything that surprised us, however, there are things that we just need to execute better. That’s probably the biggest takeaway; a few of the things that need to be sharpened up”.
Next Game: The New England Black Wolves faceoff against the Toronto Rock at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. ET. For more info, visit www.blackwolves.com