The Rochester Knighthawks got back into the win column by defeating the defending champion Toronto Rock 13-8 on Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Steady defense and timely goaltending was the key for the Knighthawks, who held the Rock to eight goals for the victory. Rochester trailed 5-4 at the half, but outscored Toronto 9-3 in the second half to secure the win. Knighthawks goaltender Pat O'Toole made 25 saves and was named Game MVP. On offense, the K-hawks were led by Ryan O'Connor(4 goals, 0 Assists) and John Grant (3 G, 6A). O'Connor is a former Rock player acquired by the Knighthawks in a 2003 Entry Draft day trade. The Rock fell to 0-1, while Rochester improves to 1-2.
Toronto leading scorers included Colin Doyle (1G, 4A), Ryan Painter (1G, 2A) and Steve Toll (2G, 0A). Rock goaltender Bob Watson made 30 saves before giving way to goaltender Anthony Cosmo (8 saves) early in the fourth quarter.
The contest was the third of six straight Eastern Division games for the Knighthawks. The K-Hawks suffered a 13-7 loss to Philadelphia on December 27th and lost 12-11 to the Buffalo Bandits last Saturday. The Rock had not
played a game since winning the 2003 title, 8-6, at Rochester.
Rochester plays at Philadelphia next Saturday, while the Rock return home to host Calgary on Friday.