Rochester was driven by Cody Jamieson (2+0), Johnny Powless (2+1), and Mike Accursi (0+2). The Knighthawks are now 2-4 after the road loss. Minnesota inmproved to 3-2 with its second win in three days.
On offense Minnesota was led by Ryan Benesch (2+1), Andrew Suitor (2+1), Jordan MacIntosh (1+2), Kevin Ross (2+1), Corbyn Tao (0+2), and Callum Crawford (0+4). The Swarm jumped off to a quick start with the first two scores of the game by Ryan Benesch and Jamie Schewchuck. Johnny Powless scored Rochester's first goal at 12:28 as he beat Swarm goaltender Evan Kirk low.
In the second quarter, Jordan MacIntosh scored a short-handed goal to increase Minnesota's lead to 3-1. Rochester went on a 3-1 scoring run in the latter half of the second quarter. Scoring those three goals were Pat McCready at 7:26 assisted by Rookie Joel White who posted his first career assist. Brad Self scored at 10:25 and shortly after Cody Jamieson scored at 11:53 to tie the score at four going into halftime.
The rookie highlight reel, Johnny Powless then gave Rochester their first lead of the game at 1:51 of the third making it 5-4 Rochester when Powless scored on a flurry of stick fakes that fooled goaltender Kirk. After Rochester was unable to capitalize on two power plays, Minnesota scored at 6:36 when Kevin Ross took a backdoor feed by Jay Card to sneak it past the left shoulder of Vinc.
In the fourth, penalties served costly for Rochester as it committed five penalties including a high-sticking major by Tyler Burton at 9:49. Just 39 seconds before Burton's penalty, Minnesota took its largest lead of the game when Kevin Ross scored a power-play goal after an illegal substitution penalty by Rochester.
Jamieson scored a late goal at 12:59 to get within two, but it was too late as Minnesota secured the win for good with an Andrew Suitor goal at 14:19 to finalize the score. Minnesota's 9-6 win brings their record to 3-2 coming closer to the West Division leading Colorado Mammoth.
On Saturday, February 18th, the Knighthawks will induct defensemen Regy Thorpe and Pat Cougevan into the team's Hall of Fame. The K-Hawks will host the Washington Stealth at 7:30 p.m.