The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Columbus Landsharks 12-5 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on Saturday night in front of a crowd of more than 9,000 fans. Pat O'Toole was the game MVP for shutting down the 'Shark attack, racking up 40 saves. John Grant led the scoring for the 'Hawks with four goals and five assists while Jamie Taylor led the way for Columbus with two goals and three assists. Pat Maddalena had a hat-trick for the 'Sharks.
Things got started before they got started with Casey Zaph and Tyler Francey getting ejected for a spirited fight before the opening draw. Francey drew an extra minor for instigating so the Knighthawks started the game on the power play but Steve Penny drew a slashing minor before the two minutes were up and Columbus couldn't convert their chance either.
John Grant drew first blood (none in the fight) at 5:41 with a wraparound shot on the crease and a defender draped all over him. Both teams' power play units flexed their muscles by making quick work of their chances. Pat Maddalena scored just ten seconds after John Grant went off for a slash and Jeremy Hollenbeck followed just sixteen seconds after Bill Greer was sent off for holding. Hollenbeck changed hands cutting down the middle to score another at 12:13. Maddalena got his second at 12:40 but Hollenbeck answered at 14:14, completing his early hat trick. 4-2 Knighthawks after one.
Rochester dominated the second quarter and O'Toole was the main reason why. He stopped every shot. Grant scored a fluke goal just seventeen seconds in when he mishandled Shawn Williams' pass and it floated past Ken Montour and into the net. O'Toole stoned Travis Gillespie on one breakaway and followed with an even better stop on another breakaway. Bill Greer got out of the penalty box ahead of everybody and had all kinds of time to throw fakes but still couldn't score. Derek Malawsky scored at 5:26 and Shawn Williams followed at 6:42. That chased Montour and Mike Miron took over in goal for the 'Sharks. Grant scored on a diving shot across the top of the crease at 8:53 and then just bulled through a hold to get to the crease and convert at 12:35. Columbus got called for too many men just before half time. 9-2 'Hawks at the break.
Hollenbeck scored on the power play just thirty seconds into the third quarter and then Columbus reeled of three in a row. Jamie Taylor scored at 4:28, Maddalena completed his hat trick at 9:18, and Taylor got his second at 11:27 with Marshall Abrams in the box for elbowing. That would be all we would hear from the 'Sharks and Shawn Williams scored the killer goal with 0:00.7 seconds to go in the quarter.
Bomberry scored just twenty four seconds into the fourth quarter and then Rochester's defense put the choke hold on. The action was good but it yielded no further scoring.
Rochester wins their fifth straight, improving to 6-2, while Columbus falls to 6-4.