The Rochester Knighthawks rallied from an early 8-1 deficit to defeat the Albany Attack 22-16 at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night.
First-year goaltender Pat Campbell relieved starter Pat O'Toole and guided the Knighthawks to a win in their home and season opener. The Knighthawks moved into a first place tie in the Central Division with the win over the Attack (1-1).
Curt Malawsky (7 1) was named the Game MVP, scoring seven goals for the Knighthawks. New additions, Shawn Williams (3 2), Derek Malawsky (3 7) Marshall Abrams (2 0) made immediate impacts.
The first quarter belonged to Albany, specifically to Nick Trudeau and Josh Sanderson. Trudeau scored three goals, at 2:48, 4:19 and 9:10, and Sanderson
added a pair at 9:52 and 12:50 as the Attack ran up an 8-1 lead.
The Knighthawks erased the deficit with seven unanswered goals in the second stanza, and pulled away in the third. Trudeau also collected six assists for a total of nine points to lead the Attack. Sanderson finished with four goals and three assists, while Dan Teat added a hat trick and three assists in the losing effort.
Campbell finished the night with 27 saves to equaled his career win total with the win on Saturday. He entered the game with 1:17 to play in the first quarter and was stellar the whole game.