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The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Hal­i­fax Thun­der­birds re­turn to Na­tional Lacrosse League ac­tion on Satur­day against the ex­pan­sion Rochester Knighthawk­s in what has the mak­ings of an in­stant ri­valry.

Many of the Hal­i­fax play­ers were mem­bers of the Rochester Knighthawk­s be­fore the team re­lo­cated to Nova Sco­tia this sea­son and re­branded as the Thun­der­birds

The teams will play each other three times this sea­son.

The Thun­der­birds, with 13 for­mer Knighthawk­s, made an amaz­ing de­but on Dec. 7 with a 12-4 win over the New York Rip­tide. Rochester wasn’t as suc­cess­ful in its opener, a 14-4 loss to the Ge­or­gia Swarm.

Jake Withers scored Hal­i­fax’s first goal just 10 sec­onds into the game and the team dis­played an ex­plo­sive of­fence through­out the game.

Austin Shanks and Stephen Keogh each scored twice and vet­eran Cody Jamieson con­trib­uted three as­sists.

Graeme Hos­sack, a two-time de­fen­sive player of the year, led a sound Thun­der­birds’ de­fence that stymied the Rip­tide in the opener. Goalie War­ren Hill was named the NLL’s first player of the week with 40 saves in the win over New York.

Hos­sack said the team must con­tinue to build on its open­ing game suc­cess.

“We have to con­tinue to work hard and grow as a team,” said Hos­sack on the Thun­der­birds’ web­site.

“We are a young group that’s go­ing to keep learn­ing. As long as we are push­ing our­selves, we will keep get­ting bet­ter.”

Satur­day’s game is 7 p.m. at Sco­tia­bank Cen­tre.

RYAN TAPLIN • THE CHRONICLE HERALD

Hal­i­fax Thun­der­birds' Austin Shanks scores on New York Rip­tide goalie Alex Buque dur­ing their Na­tional Lacrosse League game on Dec. 7.

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