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Knighthawks Come Back To Stop Rebel

12/21/2001, 3:33pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Rochester Knighthawks capped a seven-goal third period with Derek Malawsky's game-winner at 13:21, and went on to defeat the Ottawa Rebel 14-10 Friday at the Corel Centre.

D'arcy Sweet jump-started the Knighthawks' game-sealing flurry by scoring 1:39 and 2:53 after the halftime break. The first of Casey Zaph's two tallies tied the score 7-7 before Ottawa high scorer Mike Benedict interrupted the run with his second goal of the period and fourth of the game.

Cory Bomberry regained the momentum for Rochester with a goal at 7:07, and Curt Malawsky and Tim Soudan scored within a 41-second span to put the Knighthawks in front for good.

The Knighthawks' defense took over for the final 15 minutes, allowing only eight Ottawa shots, six of them stopped by winning goalie Pat O'Toole.

The Rebel got off to a strong start, stunning O'Toole in the first period with two goals by Benedict and single tallies by Chris Konopliff, Ryan Painter and Dan Marohl. Ottawa finished the period up 5-1, but the lead dwindled to 6-4 by halftime.

John Grant paced the Knighthawks with a hat trick and three assists. Derek Malawsky finished with two goals and four assists, while Duane Jacobs scored two goals and assisted on two others.

Marohl had two goals and two assists for the Rebel, while Konopliff took the playmakers' role with four assists.

O'Toole racked up 34 saves for the win. Ottawa netminder Andrew Leyshon stopped 47.

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