There are only 2 NLL games this upcoming weekend as Christmas approaches, but there will no lack of exciting plays and highlight reel goals. Every team has now played at least one game and with it still being so early in the season teams are still coming together to build chemistry, but the players will be going all out to get an early season win.
The NLL’s Game of the Week is the Calgary Roughnecks vs Colorado Mammoth that will be free to watch on B/R Live, Twitter, and Facebook.
Both games will be played on Saturday 12/21.
Here are the NLL games we will be watching this weekend.
Halifax Thunderbirds vs Rochester Knighthawks
Watch on B/R Live at 6 pm ET
The old Knighthawks meet the new Knighthawks in what will be a strange game as most of the players on the Halifax roster were playing for the old Rochester franchise a year ago. These two teams are immediate rivals as Rochester fans probably feel betrayed.
The T-Birds couldn’t have started their first season any better with a dominating 12-4 victory over the expansion New York Riptide. The combination of their powerhouse offense led by Cody Jameison and veteran defense with goalie Warren Hill as the backbone was impressive in their first game. Their success was partly due to Jake Withers winning 16-18 faceoffs, but Rochester’s Jay Thorimbert will put up a much better fight in the faceoff circle.
The Knighthawks 2.0 looked unorganized in their home opener against the Georgia Swarm, but have had the past two weeks to go over the film and also work on building the chemistry that they lacked in their first game as a new franchise. With a chip on their shoulder and a new approach, Rochester could come into Halifax and surprise the former Knighthawks turned Thunderbirds.
The new rivalry begins on Saturday night.
Game of the Week: Calgary Roughnecks vs Colorado Mammoth
Watch on B/R Live, Twitter, or Facebook at 9:30 pm ET
In a rematch of the 2019 West Division Final that the Roughnecks won, the Mammoth head up to Calgary to try and get revenge over the 2019 NLL Champs.
Calgary come out strong in their first game of the season against Vancouver as they controlled the game with the Warriors making a late push that the Roughnecks were able to hold off. Dane Dobbie was back to his MVP form scoring 3 goals and adding an assist. However, at some point during or after the game he said or did something that warranted a suspension he will now be suspended for Calgary’s next 6 games because of a new repeat offender rule.
This will change the entire Calgary offense. Without Dobbie’s presence they will need to get much bigger performances from lefties Jesse King and Dan Taylor. Zach Currier may even need to step up and take some offensive shifts in Dobbie’s absence.
This will be the perfect time for the Colorado Mammoth to pounce on the Roughnecks. The Mammoth were in a slugfest with the Saskatchewan Rush in their home opener, but ultimately fell in the final minutes. Jacob Ruest was impressive with 3 goals and 2 assists while Ryan Lee and Kyle Killen also played well. The Mammoth defense was solid, but definitely missed the presence of Captain Dan Coates who went down with an injury early. It looks like Coates will be ready for the Calgary game.
The last time Calgary played at home in the Saddledome they won the 2019 NLL Championship in overtime.
Rhys Duch in OVERTIME!
— NLL (@NLL) May 26, 2019
We hope you enjoy the NLL games this weekend and get to spend time with your families as Christmas is fast approaching.