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Takeaways: New England at Rochester


Season On The Brink 
With three straight victories, the Black Wolves have rallied from the brink of playoff elimination to the brink of their first East Division championship since relocating to Connecticut. If New England beats the defending champion Georgia Swarm Sunday, it will capture the title and a first-round bye in the NLL playoffs. Even with a loss, the Black Wolves could make the playoffs as a third seed if Toronto loses Saturday. There is no scenario where New England would be the No. 2 seed.

Bold Was Gold 
For the third time this season, goalie Aaron Bold established a new career high, finishing with 59 saves in the win at Rochester. He now has a league-best 680 saves, well over his previous single-season career high of 570, accomplished twice before in his career. The veteran net-minder even helped himself with three assists. Bold had 54 saves in a loss at Buffalo on March 31, and set his first single-game career high of the season with 51 against Toronto on March 11. He also had 50 at Vancouver on February 24. Bold was a big reason why the Black Wolves allowed just six goals for the second straight week.

Trading For Production 
Saturday night in Rochester provided another example of how much of a positive impact the players who were acquired – either during the season by trade or free agent signing, or traded for and signed as free agents in the offseason – have contributed to the Black Wolves. Stephan Leblanc (two goals), Johnny Powless (one goal, three assists) and Callum Crawford (one goal, one assist) were all players acquired by trade during this season. Adam Bomberry (one goal), John LaFontaine (two goals, one assist) and Bold were traded for in the offseason.  Dylan Evans (one goal) was signed as a free agent last month and David Brock (two assists) was signed as a free agent during the offseason. In one game, those players combined for eight goals and 10 assists.