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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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Jammertime In Overtime: Knighthawks Down Stealth In Ot, 16-15

The Rochester Knighthawks (3-2) defeated the Vancouver Stealth (2-4) with a 16-15 overtime win in front of 7,362 fans at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. After the Knighthawks forced a shot-clock violation to regain possession, Cody Jamieson notched his fourth goal and ninth point of the night with 7:45 remaining in overtime to give the Knighthawks the victory.

“We got into a little bit of a transition match, where it was back-and-forth,” said Jamieson. “Obviously we like playing that way if we get our chances, but at the same time, that’s not our game. We’re a great five-on-five team. I think after I dropped that ball the one time in transition, we called a time out, set up a couple of things, talked about it, said we’ve got to slow this down and play our game. We tried a little play, it didn’t work, so I took it into my own hands. I took a couple of shots that the goalie saved, I was thinking that kind of shot would work.”

The Knighthawks likely would not have been in that situation without backup goalie Angus Goodleaf. Matt Vinc, Rochester’s backbone in net, got the start but was replaced in the second quarter after the Knighthawks surrendered eight goals on 25 shots. Rochester was down 8-3 and the entire team looked listless. Goodleaf stepped in and finished the game, picking up 27 saves on 34 shots by the Stealth, and the Knighthawks took flight. 

“Gussy stepped up and played well,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “But it kind of got everyone angry. We all put ourselves in that position, it wasn’t ‘V’. It was the 17 guys on the floor that put us in that position. They took exception to it, and away they went.

“If Gussy’s not here, Gussy’s playing every single night. It’s a testament of what Gussy is, his character. He’s willing to accept that role, he’s the best team guy we have on this team. When it’s his turn, he steps up and usually plays well for us.” 

“I just wanted to give the team a spark, make the first couple of saves,” said Goodleaf. “Hopefully we can get some goals. The game turned around when I came in. Credit to the defense, they tightened up back there, and the offense started putting the ball in the net.”

“That’s a character win,” said Knighthawks forward Dan Dawson. “We were battling to stay in the game. Every time we scored, they responded. We got off to a slow start, then our defense really settled in in the second half. Our ‘O’ got on a bit of a run there, found our groove. The ‘D’ did their job in overtime. We all know that the first couple of possessions, the game is over. It was unbelievable how they shut the door in overtime.”

Garrett Billings, Corey Small, and Rhys Duch gave Vinc and Goodleaf problems all night long with each of them earning a hat trick. 

“They’ve been playing well recently,” said Stealth head coach Dan Perreault. “There’s some good chemistry happening there. We’re happy with that, that we’re putting up some goals and the ball is moving. There are some good things happening on the offensive end for sure.”

“They scored a lot of five-on-five goals tonight,” said Knighthawks defenseman Mike Kirk. “We didn’t play the best last game either, so we need to go back and figure out what we need to fix so we can be better next week. We don’t seem to win a lot of these close ones, but it was a good one tonight.”

It was a tough loss for the Stealth after giving up a five-goal lead they held in the second quarter. They kept fighting even after Knighthawks forward Dan Dawson gave the Knighthawks a 15-14 lead with only 40 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. Forward Rhys Duch scored with only 20 seconds left for his eighth point (3, 5) on the night. 

“We made some good plays out there, we just made some mistakes that cost us,” Perreault said. “They battled hard. It was a close game. Rochester is a good team, they played us hard and they came on hard. It was good that we battled back, but it came down to one shot at the end of the game and they hit it. We had a lead during the game and just made a few mistakes.”

“A game like that, we actually put up some good numbers and had some really good performances on the back end, Eric Penney included,” Billings said. “There’s positives and negatives to take away. This team is really coming together as a group, we really like each other. But we’ve got to cut out the stupid mistakes. I had a couple myself. On that one five-on-four, I stayed out on the floor and I shouldn’t have. We’ve just got to clean those things up… If we hit a goal instead of hitting a goal post, then everybody in our room is celebrating and talking about how great a game we had.”

It was a night where the Knighthawks needed every bit of offense they could get after only netting three goals through the opening 28:22 of the game. Defenseman Mike Kirk even got in on the action in the third quarter with a breakaway goal, his first of the season and first since 2014. 

“I don’t shoot very much, so it’s always good to chip in when I can,” Kirk said. “But I’ve already told the boys not to expect any more, so that’s it for the year. Anything we can do, right? If the offense struggled for a couple minutes, we tried to get the ‘D’ to push the ball, and I just happened to have a little bit of a break tonight.”

The 16 points for the Knighthawks was a season high, and it came the night after the team traded away forward Jordan Hall to the New England Black Wolves and acquired forward Quinn Powless and defenseman Mike Manley. 

“Number one, they’re both quality people which is one thing that (Knighthawks owner Styres) Curt (Styres) always looks for in bringing guys into the room,” Hasen said. “A lot of depth. Manley’s going to be a beast back there when he’s ready and cleared to play. Quinn’s a young guy, but he’s going to bring some hunger and some stuff that his game brings for us that we’re going to need moving forward. It’s a tough one losing Hallsy. Hallsy is a big piece of us, but we move forward.”

“It’s awesome, I’m super excited about it,” said Manley. “It’s hard to put into words when you grow up watching this team. I remember coming here on Saturdays, watching Patty O’Toole and all that. It’s honestly very surreal… I’m looking forward to getting out there and contribute any way possible that I can.”

The Knighthawks improve to 3-2 and move into a tie for first place in the East Division with the Black Wolves and the Buffalo Bandits after the win. They travel to the Sasktel Centre to take on the Saskatchewan Rush on Friday evening.

The Stealth drop to 2-4 on the season. They return home to host the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday night.

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Cody Jamieson
2) Cory Vitarelli
3) Garrett Billings

By Jeremy Pike for NLL.com. Photo by Micheline Veluvolu.

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