Knighthawks used one of the best offensive efforts in their 18-year
history tonight in a 22-12 victory over the Philadelphia Wings. Jordan
Hall tied his
career-high with nine points in a game that also featured over 200
penalty minutes. It was a milestone night for a handful of Rochester
players, as three Knightawks had nine-point nights.
Hall scored twice and added seven assists, while Cody Jamieson set
career bests in assists (five) and points (nine). Mike Accursi joined
the nine-point club with a three-goal, six-assist night. Cory Vitarelli
scored a career-high five goals in a six-point effort.
Meanwhile, Travis Hill got into the goal-scoring column with a
career-high two goals. The 22-goal effort was just two goals short of
tying the team record of 24 set in 2002.
The battle of the top
picks in the NLL went to the Knighthawks as Johnny Powless scored three
times and added two assists and Stephen Keogh netted two goals and
chipped in two assists. Keogh was the second overall
pick, while Powless was the fifth selection. The No. 1 overall pick was
Kevin Crowley, who led the Wings with three goals and five assists.
Dan Dawson (6+1) and
Mike Hominuck (2+3) each had big games offensively. Goalie Brandon
Miller was pulled after 36:06 minutes of play and was replaced by Kurtis
Wagar, who posted 26 saves on 39 shots. The game
was the first of three meetings between the two teams. The Knighthawks
now lead the series with a 24-15 record.
Rochester came soaring
out of the gate with the first two goals of the game to take a quick 2-0
lead. The first came from transition man Jordan Hall at 2:02 and the
second came from Cody Jamieson assisted by
Jarrett Davis at 5:38 on a shot that sneaked past the stick side of
Philadelphia goalie Brandon Miller.
Philadelphia put its
first point of the board at 5:49 on a breakaway goal for Max Seibald.
Rochester continued its momentum after Seibald's goal, scoring the next
four with two coming from rookies Keogh and Powless.
Keogh scored his first regular season NLL goal, increasing Rochester's
lead to 3-1 as he came across a pick and went five-hole on Miller. Next,
Powless seared a shot from the left point scoring top shelf. Hill then
scored making it 5-1 Knighthawks. The last
goal of the first quarter came from Vitarelli at 14:51 as he one-handed a
shot past Miller for a 6-1 lead.
The tables quickly
turned in favor of Philadelphia as the Wings started the second quarter
with five straight goals to tie the score at six. After Drew Westervelt
opened the quarter with a quick strike just 22
second in, the Wings strung together four more goals. The rally was
fueled by a five-minute cross-checking penalty by Hall. Crowley had two
of the goals, while Hominuck and Dawson netted single tallies. Rochester
then regained the momentum with three straight
goals. The first was a power-play goal by Jamieson at 8:29, which was
followed by a goal by Mike Accursi at 9:24, and a power-play goal by
Keogh at 13:14.
In the third quarter, the men in teal continued their onslaught
with the first four goals, making it 13-6 Rochester. The Wings finally
answered at 7:20 of the third with a power-play goal by Westervelt. Just
35 seconds later, the Wings cut the deficit
to 13-8 on a goal by Matt Danowski. Hall broke Philadelphia's scoring
streak with a power-play goal at 13:39 on a bounce shot that passed
Wings' goalie Brandon Miller, increasing the Knighthawks lead to 14-8.
In the fourth, the Knighthawks kept on surging with the first six goals,
making it 20-8. Two goals came from Vitarelli and Jarrett Davis scored
his first goal of the 2012 season at 4:10. Seibald scored at 5:27 and
Crowley scored at 6:44 in the fourth bringing
the score to 20-10 Rochester. The last four goals alternated between
teams bringing the final score to 22-12. The last minute ended in a
flurry of fights and 186 penalty minutes in 36 seconds. Even goalies
Jake Henhawk and Wagar fought with 16 seconds left.
The Knighthawks will host the Buffalo Bandits (1-0) in their home opener at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, January 21st.