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Teams will submit a list of 11 players they wish to protect ahead of the Expansion Draft.

Per the CBA, a maximum of five forwards and one goaltender can be put on a team’s protected player list.

Well the league has published the protected players lists. Some interesting names available to Rochester and New York.

Curious move by Philadelphia not protecting a goaltender.  Let the bitching by Philly faithful begin.

Anyway let the backroom deals begin in earnest. Check out the lists below.

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The nominees for each award are:

Rookie of the Year

  • Ian MacKay – Buffalo Bandits
  • Matt Rambo – Philadelphia Wings
  • Austin Staats – San Diego Seals

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Graeme Hossack – Rochester Knighthawks
  • Steve Priolo – Buffalo Bandits
  • Kyle Rubisch – Saskatchewan Rush

Transition Player of the Year

  • Zach Currier – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Kiel Matisz – Philadelphia Wings
  • Challen Rogers – Toronto Rock

Goaltender of the Year

  • Christian Del Bianco – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Matt Vinc – Buffalo Bandits
  • Dillon Ward – Colorado Mammoth

Most Valuable Player

  • Dane Dobbie – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Lyle Thompson – Georgia Swarm
  • Matt Vinc – Buffalo Bandits

Sportsmanship Award

  • Dan Dawson – San Diego Seals
  • Tom Schreiber – Toronto Rock
  • Lyle Thompson – Georgia Swarm

Teammate of the Year

  • Kyle Buchanan – San Diego Seals
  • Chad Cummings – Calgary Roughnecks
  • John Ranagan – Georgia Swarm

Les Bartley Award, Head Coach of the Year

  • Curt Malawsky – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Matt Sawyer – Toronto Rock
  • John Tavares/Rich Kilgour – Buffalo Bandits

General Manager of the Year

  • Mike Board – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Steve Dietrich – Buffalo Bandits
  • Patrick Merrill – San Diego Seals

Executive of the Year

  • Terri Giberson – Toronto Rock
  • Lindsey Masciangelo – Philadelphia Wings
  • Dave Zygai – Buffalo Bandits

This just goes to show how little media coverage the NLL gets. 

Tom Borelli Award, Media Person of the Year

  • Bob Chavez – IL Indoor ( Enjoyed his work at the D and C. Now not so much. )
  • Tyson Geick – Lacrosse Flash ( Former league employee and still has his head up his ass. )
  • Barstool Jordie – Barstool Sports ( Barstool has more negatives than positives that we can think of. Just ask IB.  Jordie is an asshole to boot.

Box Score

Attendance 17,038

Corey Small scored the game tying goal for the Bandits with :28 seconds left to force overtime.  Rhys Duch scored the game winning goal 1:12 into overtime for the Roughnecks and to give the Roughnecks their third NLL Championship in franchise history

Box Score

Attendance 15,747

The teams combined for four goals over the first thirty minutes as Matt Vinc and Christian Del Bianco put on a show. Shawn Evans broke the tie 4:15 into the third quarter and give the Bandits a 3-2 lead before the Roughnecks went on a 4-0 run that stretched between the third and four quarters to take control and head back to Calgary with a 1-0 series lead.

Dane Dobbie led the Roughnecks with three goals and three assists. Christian Del Bianco made 48 saves for the Roughnecks

Buffalo will have to find a way to solve Del Bianco if they want to bring the series back to Buffalo for a third and deciding game.

Game two goes Saturday May 25 in Calgary 9 PM ET face off.

Box Score

Attendance 11,635

The Bandits are moving on to the NLL Cup Finals vs the Calgary Roughnecks. The Bandits trailed the Rock 3-2 in the second quarter and went on a six goal run that stretched between the second and third quarters to take control of the game and punch their ticket to the NLL Cup Finals.

Corey Small led the Bandits with three goals and Matt Vinc made 43 saves for the Bandits.

NLL Cup Finals Game One Saturday May 18 Calgary at Buffalo  7:30 PM ET

Box Score

Attendance 11,776

The Bandits got off to a fast start jumping out to a 3-0 and the hole was too deep for the offensively challenged Black Wolves to dig out of.  Dhane Smith led the Bandits with two goals and five assists.  Matt Vinc made 47 saves to help the Bandits advance to the East Division Finals.

Buffalo will host the winner of the Toronto – Georgia.

 

 

Friday May 3 Colorado at Saskatchewan 9:30 PM ET

Saturday May 4 New England at Buffalo  7:30 PM ET

Monday May 6 Toronto at Georgia 7:30 PM ET

Monday May 6 Calgary at San Diego 10:30 PM ET

Box Score

Attendance 8,357

Chase Fraser led the Bandits with three goals and three assists. Matt Vinc made 29 saves and Zach Higgins made 25 saves in relief. We are calling hogwash on the 8,375 attendance number. Unless many fans came dressed as empty seats.

Up Next

Buffalo – Playoffs

San Diego – Playoffs

Another “Big” crowd in San Diego for the Bandits vs Seals.

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Box Score

Attendance 16,559

Not going to win games in the National Lacrosse League by scoring two goals over the last 45 minutes New England.  Corey Small led the Bandits with three goals and one assists.  Matt Vinc made 36 saves for the Bandits.

Up Next

Saturday April 27 New England at Rochester 8:00 PM ET

Saturday April 27 Buffalo at San Diego 10:00 PM ET