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Sat, Dec 3
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Sat, Dec 3
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15
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Sat, Dec 3
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11
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16
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18
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20:30:00
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22:00:00
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19:00:00
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Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
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WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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19:00:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
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Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
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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
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
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
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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
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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
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Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
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Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
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Rochester
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17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
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19:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
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New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
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18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
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21:00:00
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18:00:00
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19
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19:00:00
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19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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21:00:00
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Sat, Apr 15
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19:30:00
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21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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21
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20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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19:00:00
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20:00:00
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21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
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22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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22:00:00
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22:30:00
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Knighthawks Win In Overtime At Home

By Jeremy Pike | NLL.com Staff Writer
Photo Credit Micheline Veluvolu

The Rochester Knighthawks (4-7) defeated the Buffalo Bandits (4-6) 9-8 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in front of 6,102 boisterous fans at the Blue Cross Arena. The Bandits took down Rochester just down the Thruway at the KeyBank Center Friday night 13-9.

“Sometimes you’re on the good end of it,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “Sometimes you’re not. . . It’s a tough one to swallow, but we have to move on and prepared for Vancouver in two weeks.”

Despite the quick turnaround, there was no mistaking how big a battle this incarnation of the Thruway Rivalry would be. The game was physical early regardless of the early start after a late night. The first half was certainly low-scoring though not for lack of effort.

“That game out there, for two teams that played last night, that battled hard last night, that game was a lot more of a battle,” Cordingley said. “These guys were laying their bodies on the line and doing what they did. . . I was happy. Our defense was very solid. So was their defense. . . The offenses on both ends were earning their goals. There was no easy ones, and that’s the way a lacrosse game should be. It was two teams battling. They were battling for their life, so to speak.”

“It was an entertaining game, to say the least,” said Rochester head coach Mike Hasen. “It was tight the whole way through. It’s nice to be on the right side of one of those games. Fighting it a bit, and doing it at home, it was very fitting. . . Trying to have enough energy to make sure you get through the game, had to go an extra couple of minutes to do it to boot. Guys are taking care of themselves right now. They’re doing so much off the floor that coming into today wasn’t as much of a concern as far as fitness goes. It was just who was going to have most in the tank left at the end of 60.”

Yet it was the final five minutes of regulation, featuring all five goals scored in the fourth quarter, that truly showed how badly the two teams wanted it. To go with the goals, both teams took crucial penalties that resulted in goals. Bandits forward Dhane Smith dominated the stat sheet and the fourth quarter, posting a seven-point night (3-4). He assisted on Mitch Jones’ game-tying goal, then scored on two different occasions to stake Buffalo to a late-game lead.

“He’s got a lot of heart,” said Bandits forward Pat Saunders. “He’s a very skilled player. He’s one of those guys, he wants to win. He wants the ball on his stick and he wants to shoot it. You can’t knock him for it, and he came up big for us tonight.”

However, with 12 seconds left, Smith had the ball off a restart in the Bandits’ end and a chance to run out the clock. Between him and the final buzzer stood two Rochester defenders. The 2016 MVP could do no wrong for the first 59:50, yet the Knighthawks squeezed him against the boards and the ball popped off his stick. Graeme Hossack pounced on the loose ball and found first-round draft pick Josh Currier streaking forward.

While perhaps some rookies might hesitate, Currier did not. He beat the defender and then beat goalie Davide Deruscio who until that point could have been the first star in the game. 2.1 seconds left and Rochester had tied the game and gave them life. The roof of the BCA threatened to explode open. Currier was not the only rookie to show up big on the scoresheet. Fellow first-round pick Kyle Jackson had a four-point night (1+3) and Dan Lomas had a goal and an assist.

“It’s been trial-and-error this year and trial by fire for our rookie this year,” Dawson said. “At this point, we said you guys aren’t rookies anymore. There’s no one else coming in. You guys are here, you’ve got some games under your belt. Josh showed up. I mean, what a character goal. To be poised like that, with two defenders chasing him down. We’re very proud of the way he’s played all season long. He really got us there.”

“It’s a process for us,” Hasen said. “It’s a learning curve for these guys, right into the fire, right into the mix every single night. They’ve got to come up big. We’re counting on them big-time.”

Yet despite the rookies’ efforts, it was the veteran Dawson who capitalized on the overtime opportunity and won the game, despite the plans for the play not coming to fruition.

“We tried to do some off-ball work,” Dawson said. “Their defense played outstanding. There was nothing there. Joey (Resetarits) set a fantastic pick. It was really a blind shot around a screen. Just lucky for it to go in.”

One of the few reasons the Knighthawks even found themselves in the position to fight for such an improbable ending was the play of their goalie, Matt Vinc. While some may have been questioning his play this season, his play on Saturday afternoon should certainly quiet some of those questions. Buffalo put 52 shots on goal, and Vinc turned away all but eight of them.

“That’s my job,” said Vinc. “I made a couple saves early. It’s a lot easier to settle in. . . Sometimes you make that key save and we end up getting a good opportunity. You’re just trying to play big in there and hopefully the offense comes alive like it did late in the game.”

“He’s an elite goalie in this league,” Cordingley said. “We had plenty of chances early on, in on top of him, and he was on top of his game.”

“I thought we had a lot of good looks,” said Bandits forward Pat Saunders.”I think Vno just stole some big saves on us.”

This game was truly a goalie duel. The Bandits narrowly outshot Rochester 52-49. Both goalies turned in spectacular efforts and highlight-reel saves.

“Two outstanding performances by the goalies,” Dawson said. “You knew you were going to fight for goals that were going to go in tonight.”

“I thought the goaltending on both ends was phenomenal,” Cordingley said. “(Deruscio) made some real stellar saves. Dave is a calming influence back there. The guys played well in front of him, and when we did breakdown, there was some big saves. We couldn’t expect more.”

For the Knighthawks, they were staring a big deficit in the standings if they dropped this game. They have had some big wins and some equally large losses. A win against a rival like this one just might be what the doctor ordered.

“That’s what Coach Hasen said,” Vinc said. “He said you always think about that one moment where you look back and think what changed. Where did we turn the corner? That’s a good team win for us. Especially with the young group offensively. Coming up with a big goal, that sets the tone for going into another tough game in two weeks in New England.”

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