The PLL will take to TCO Stadium in Minneapolis to play its Week 5 action, the last week of regular season games before All-Star Weekend.
It’s a big week for a lot of teams in the league; this is everything you need to know about every matchup set for TCO Stadium.
TCO Stadium to Host PLL Week 5 Action
Waterdogs (2-3) vs. Cannons (1-4) – Friday, July 9 at 8 p.m. EST (Peacock)
A must-win game would be an understatement for both teams; this is a pivotal weekend with little room for error.
While both squads have shown flashes of greatness, they have been on the losing end of some tightly-contested games. The Cannons have made some roster rooms this week and look like they have tried to address their faceoff woes by bringing in Kevin Reisman. That will be a huge factor in this game, and if Cannons can control possessions, it will have a good chance to get back in the win column.
The Waterdogs will have their hands full defensively, and with the Cannons leading the league in shooting percentage (35%), it will be on Dillon Ward to give them some juice this weekend. A loss for the Cannons would be disastrous.
Redwoods (3-2) vs. Whipsnakes (4-1) – Saturday, July 10 at 6 p.m. EST (NBCSN, Peacock)
The kings of the close game have another tough one on their hands. The Whipsnakes are poised to make another deep run this season, but it has come from slim margins so far. Expect this game to be no different.
The Redwoods have revenge on their mind, and while the Whips may be in first place, the PLL is wide open this season. This game will come down to the Whips’ ability to defend the balance of the Redwoods offense and the ‘Woods ability to limit the late-game heroics of Matt Rambo. This contest will come down to the little plays.
Atlas (3-2) vs. Chaos (2-3) – Saturday, July 10 at 8:45 p.m. EST (Peacock)
A few weeks ago, people may have written this game off. But as of late, both of these teams have been surging and put themselves in a position to be extremely dangerous come playoff time.
The question this week will be how the Atlas bounce back without goalie Jack Concannon, who left last week with a lower body injury. JD Colarusso came in and helped the Atlas get the win, and look for him to get the start.
It will be Great Dane versus Great Dane as Colarusso will match up against Blaze Riordan in net. The key for Atlas will be its ability to defend in transition and against broken plays. The Chaos have the ability to make something out of nothing, so there will be a lot of pressure on the Atlas to make stops. Jeff Teat is an X-factor and has let his presence be known since he’s suited up.
This has the potential to be the game of the weekend.
Chrome (2-3) vs. Waterdogs (2-3) – Sunday, July 11 at 4:45 p.m. EST (Peacock)
The second game of the weekend doesn’t make anything easier for the Waterdogs. They will see a Chrome team that has recently picked up serious steam.
This game will come down to the defenses. The Waterdogs have let in an average of 14 goals a game, while the Chrome have allowed in 11.4. Colin Farrell will be the X-factor in this contest. If the Chrome can keep possession of the ball off the faceoff, this will put a lot pressure on the Waterdogs to make the most out of their time with the ball.
Cannons (1-4) vs. Archers (3-2) – Sunday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. EST (NBCSN, Peacock)
The Sunday nightcap will be fun to watch: all gas and no breaks as two of the best offenses in the leagues square off. Did I mention this week is huge for the Cannons? The Archers coming off a loss last week? Expect some late Fourth of July fireworks here.
The Cannons have some gritty players, but it will come down to their defense being able to defend the balance of the Archers and their ability to stop Grant Ament. If they can limit his touches and can get clean looks at Adam Ghitelman, then the Cannons have a legitimate shot at this one. The Cannons get stronger on weekends where they have two games, so expect this one to be a barn burner!