This Sunday, April 17th, at 1pm EST, the New York Empire are greeted down at MCU Park in Coney Island by the visiting Montreal Royal for game number two. Get your tickets here.
For the second game of the season, the Empire are greeted by another one of their Canadian friends – the Montreal Royal. The Royal last season were humbled by the Empire time and time again during their first season in the league. While the Royal were known for their huge home attendance numbers, they weren’t known for being able to get past the Empire – especially in the playoffs.
During this game, expect the Empire to come out with a different focus. “Well, we need to get in better shape” said coach Tom Gibb. “And we need to tighten up our D fundamentals.”
One of those will be more easily seen this weekend – the Empire’s defensive adjustments. Last weekend, strong person-to-person defense was a notable highlight against the Outlaws. But the Royal will be bringing more speed to the field than the Ottawa did, so the defensive fundamentals – such as holding the force, staying tight on the defensive assignment, and being smart when a turn is forced. Should the Empire stay focused, win number two is just around the corner.
“Both will come with time but time is not in large supply.”
On the Royal
After last season, where the Royal were ousted from the playoff conversation after the Empire cruised to victory in Montreal no less, the Royal approached the off-season looking to build. Part of that conversation was in investing in training and better preparing themselves as a team for the 2016 season. If you followed their social media accounts during the off-season, that was a large part of their off months.
The next part was adding to their roster, bringing in firepower to better match not only the players on the Empire, but the Toronto Rush and D.C. Breeze as well. Two of the names are familiar to followers of the Empire – David Ferraro and Kevin Quinlan. Both Ferraro and Quinlan have matched up against the Empire before as members of the now-defunct Rochester Dragons. Ferraro is known for his speed as a cutter, and the Empire will be looking for a Tim Kominos on Derek Alexander from game 1 type-performance against him. Quinlan on the other hand was often seen as the a utility player used as both a main handler or the dominant cutter – a difficult match-up for anyone on the Empire. Negating any positive effect these two bring to the Royal will be a key part of the game.
Getting to the Game
1pm start time at MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
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Games to Watch
Just like this past weekend, the Empire’s opponent have a back to back – this time, the Montreal Royal have their first game before coming to New York rather than on their way out the door. On Saturday April 16, the Royal face the Philadelphia Phoenix. Follow that game here.