(December 4, 2016)… Quinn Powless scored with 16.3 to play to give the Rochester Knighthawks a dramatic 9-8 victory over the New England Black Wolves Sunday afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
“We worked hard all game and were getting our chances on the power play,” he said. “I just took the shot.”
Powless’ power-play goal capped off a three-point night and completed a late two-goal comeback. Knighthawks’ leading scorer Joe Resetarits tied the contest with his third of the game at 10:44 to finish the contest with a team-high four points. The tying marker was set up by a huge pick by Stephen Keogh.
“Keogh blew up that whole right side for me,” said Resetarits. “I didn’t have to do much but put the ball in the net.”
The Knighthawks also got a four-point night from rookie Kyle Jackson, as he scored one goal and dished out three assists in the second half. He finished the weekend with three goals and four assists.
“Overall, it was a great experience,” said Jackson. “I came in here knowing that ultimately I was here to play lacrosse and that’s about it. I went on the floor and did whatever I needed to do on any given shift.”
Rochester began mounting its comeback in the second half to erase a three-goal deficit. In the third quarter, the Knighthawks took advantage of their opportunities by scoring four straight special teams’ goals.
Josh Gillam struck first on the power play at 3:31, which was followed up by Luke Laszkiewicz’s tally at 4:25. Laszkiewicz’s first goal of the preseason was scored on a delayed penalty. Rochester eventually tied the game on another delayed call as Wayne Van Every ripped a low shot past New England’s Doug Jamieson at 8:36. Resetarits then gave Rochester its first lead of the game at 12:46 with a power-play marker.
“Stats-wise he has always been really good,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen about Resetarits. “He was buzzing around and creating lanes and openings, which is what we want to see. He played really well this weekend.”
In the first half, the Knighthawks got goals from Joe “Haodais” Maracle and Resetarits. Matt Vinc got the start in net and played the opening frame, while Angus Goodleaf played the game’s final three quarters.
“It was good to end on a high note,” said Hasen. “We had a lot of questions heading into this weekend, but now we have some answers.”
The Knighthawks will conclude their preseason schedule on Saturday, Dec. 10 when they host the Georgia Swarm at 8:00 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena.