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Takeaways: Toronto at New England


Crowley Hits Milestone
When Friday night’s game against the Toronto Rock began, veteran forward Kevin Crowley needed two points to reach 500 for his career. He ended up with three goals, recording his seventh hat trick and ninth multiple-goal game in the loss. Crowley also extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one goal to 30. Crowley leads the team with 30 goals, and has a chance to post his first 50-goal season. At the moment, he is on pace for what would be a career-high 49. Last year, Crowley had eight hat tricks and 15 multi-goal games while collecting a single-season career-high 45 goals.

Logjam In The East
The race in the East Division could not be much tighter. Despite the home loss to Toronto Friday, the Black Wolves remain in first place as the week begins. With a 6-5 record, it is the only team above .500 in the East. Toronto (6-6) is a half-game behind in second while the other three teams in the East – Georgia, Buffalo and Rochester – are tied for third at 6-7. Three of the five teams in the East are 5-5 in their last 10 games. Toronto is 6-4 while Rochester is 4-6. The Bandits, in the midst of a four-game losing streak, are the only team in the Division to have won or lost more than one in a row. 

Just Killing Time
The Black Wolves successfully killed off both Toronto power plays on Friday, and allowed just one goal in six power play opportunities in consecutive games against the Rock. New England leads the NLL in penalty kill percentage (57.4), allowing just 20 goals in 47 short-handed situations this season. The Black Wolves also rank first in penalty kill percentage at home, allowing 12 power play goals in 30