It may be cold outside because of the Polar Vortex but luckily the NLL is played inside so we can still enjoy some games this weekend. The Knighthawks this weekend will try to keep their momentum going this weekend with games this Friday and also this Saturday.
On Friday, February 1st, the Knighthawks (2-3) will be traveling to Philadelphia to face the Wings (0-6). The last time these two teams met was the season home opener for the Knighthawks in which Rochester beat Philadelphia 13-9. While the Wings are still looking for their first win of the season Rochester will try to keep their offense going. In their last game against the Bandits the Knighthawks were able to score a season high 18 goals and forced Buffalo to pull Mat Vinc out of the net. Face off for this game is set for 8:00pm at the Wells Fargo Center.
On Saturday, February 2nd, the Knighthawks will be at home to face the Georgia Swarm. This is a rematch of last year’s Eastern Divisional Final in which Rochester beat the top seeded Swarm 9-8 to advance to the NLL Finals. Georgia at the moment is tied with the 2nd best record in the East Division with Buffalo at (5-2). The Swarm are also one of the highest scoring teams in the league sitting at 85 goals at the moment. So this matchup on could be an offensive shootout if the Knighthawks can keep their offensive surge going. Faceoff is set for 7:30 pm. at Blue Cross Arena
Also the Knighthawks will retire former forward John Grant Jr.’s No. 24 with a ceremony right before faceoff on Saturday. Grant will be the first player in team history to receive a number retirement. Grant will also become the 18th member of the Rochester Knighthawks Hall of Fame. Grant played 11 seasons in Rochester after the Knighthawks drafted him Number #1 Overall in the 1999 NLL Draft.
The Knighthawks will also host an Origins of Lacrosse Night, presented by Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. Before and during the game the Knighthawks will pay tribute to the origins of lacrosse and how it ties in with the history of the franchise. The Knighthawks will have Native American art, music, and special guests throughout the night for fans to learn about Native American culture and enjoy.