John Grant knotted the score with 55 seconds left on the clock, and scored 27 seconds into overtime to give the Rochester Knighthawks a nail-biting 14-13 win over the Columbus Landsharks Friday at Nationwide Arena.
The Knighthawks still have to await the outcome of Sunday's Albany-Montreal to determine its post season seeding. If Albany losses, the Knighthawks would be the division champs and the top seed. If Albany wins, the Attack are the division champs and the top seed.
The Knighthawks led 11-8 with 15 minutes left in regulation, but allowed four Columbus goals in a 4:17 span of the final stanza to turn the game into a dogfight.
Gewas Schindler started the Landsharks comeback at the 1:36 mark. Daniel Dawson closed the gap to one (11-10) at 2:46, and Neal Powless knotted the score at 5:16, 37 seconds before Niall Maynard gave the Landsharks their first lead since the opening period.
Derek Malawsky kept the newly-pressured Knighthawks even with his second goal of the game, at 9:43, and the Landshark's Kasey Beirnes and Grant traded goals before the end of regulation.
Grant led all scorers with five goals and two assists. Cory Bomberry was one of four Knighthawks to score twice, but also set up four tallies to finish with six points.
Powless scored the game's first goal, and finished with five tallies. Spencer Martin scored both of his goals in the first quarter to bring Columbus from a 2-1 deficit to a 3-2 lead.
Pat O'Toole stopped 41 Columbus shots to post the win in goal. Chris Levis turned away 40 in the losing effort.