The Rochester Knighthawks (10-8) pulled off a mystifying comeback, bouncing back from 2-6 to take down the Buffalo Bandits 15-13 to secure the second seed in the East Division playoffs. An incredible feat. Their gift? Their fourth meeting with the New England Black Wolves (9-9), the team that swept the Knighthawks in the three-game regular season series. Rochester welcomes the Black Wolves back to the Blue Cross Arena Friday May 4 at 7:30P.M. EST.
Rochester went into Buffalo with the knowledge that they had a second chance at locking up a playoff berth after failing the previous weekend. Even after the Bandits opened up a quick 2-0 lead, Rochester battled all night and held on for the clinching victory.
Not only did the Knighthawks clinch, but forward Joe Resetarits also claimed the single-season scoring record for an American-born player. He finished the season with an even 100 points, good for fourth in the league and first on the team. However, New England has largely contained Resetarits, holding him to nine points over three games (4, 3, 2.)
As for the Black Wolves, they had a chance to lock up first place in the division after a see-saw season but fell to the East Division champion Georgia Swarm 16-11. While their lack of one single player showing up at the top of the stat sheet this season has hampered them, goalie Aaron Bold has made key saves throughout the season to get the Black Wolves to the playoffs.
However, even though fans may have to scroll down the scoring list a little ways to find the first New England players on the list, that does not mean that Kevin Crowley, Callum Crawford, and company are any less dangerous. Crawford has 44 points in 12 career playoff games while Crowley has 39 in 11. They both have had postseason success, and the Knighthawks will have their hands full dealing with them on defense while trying to solve the mystery that is Aaron Bold in net.