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Fri, Dec 2
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Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
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Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Rochester Downs Saskatchewan 16-11

It had been a long time coming. Since the 2012 Champion’s Cup Finals, in fact. The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Sasketchewan Rush 16-11 in front of 6,188 fans at the Blue Cross Arena Saturday night.

 

“It was a long time coming for us,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “We’ve got 24 guys in that room that all believe in each other and all believe in what we’re doing. It just took us a little while to get there. . . We were due. We were overdue.”

 

“It definitely wasn’t forgotten that we haven’t beaten these guys in that long,” said Rochester forward Cody Jamieson. “These guys have had our number for a while. I would lie if I said it didn’t feel good to finally get that monkey off our back and finally beat these guys.”

 

“They played really well,” said Rush head coach Derek Keenan. “They prepared. I told our guys coming in that their 3-6 record is not indicative of how good a team they are. If you look at their statistics, they’re a good team. . . They haven’t beaten us since the 2012 championship game. I’m sure that’s in the back of their minds too.”

 

The offense has certainly come alive the last two games for Rochester after being in the doldrums during their six-game losing streak.

 

“It’s working right now,” Hasen said. “It’s by committee. It’s not on one guy here. It’s great to see. That’s where we’re going to be successful. It’s not one guy scoring, it’s everybody scoring. Tonight was another game where we had everyone scoring.”

 

When asked what the difference has been since the Knighthawks went on the road to play the Georgia Swarm on February 11, Jamieson had a bit of an amusing answer.

 

“Desperation, I guess,” said Jamieson. “We put ourselves in a big hole, we understood that. We’re not doing anything different, we’ve still got the same principles, the same offense we’ve been working on since Day One, except now we’re just executing. The balls are starting to fall in the net, and when they aren’t falling in the net, we’re not hanging our head as much. We’re just ‘Get it next time.’”

 

Despite the scoreboard at the end and the raucous crowd, the game had a very different feel early. The Rush scored twice in the first two minutes on goals by Robert Church and Mark Matthews before Mark Messenger tacked on their third just 5:11 into the game. The 3-0 lead, the memory of the losing streak fresh in everyone’s minds, and Sasketchewan’s record as the best team in the NLL weighed heavily in the BCA.

 

Heavy for everyone except for the Knighthawks.

 

“It’s been a bit of their M.O.,” Hasen said. “We’ve watched them a bit. They come out hot. Tonight was no different. They came out firing, but we just had to weather the storm and get our legs under us. Once  one went in, a couple more went in, we just kept going from there.”

 

“It was ‘Let’s go out there and continue to do what we to do,’” Jamieson said. “Let’s continue to swing the ball, let’s continue shoot off the swings and run our offense.”

 

Then the goals started to fall. Kyle Jackson got his first goal of the game with just over six minutes remaining in the first. Josh Currier cut the lead to one less than two minutes later. Then Scott Campbell tied the game with just over a minute remaining in transition.

 

The game could have take a turn for the worse when Ryan Dilks scored with 41 seconds remaining in the first. Then Sasketchewan made it a two-goal game only 38 seconds into the second quarter when Matthews scored his second of the night. He finished the night with four points (3+1) to lead the Rush.

 

Then Rochester went on their biggest run of the night, scoring five goals in the span of nine minutes. Joe Resetarits got the scoring started less than a minute after Matthews’ second, then Jamieson scored twice sandwiched around Quinn Powless’ lone goal of the night before Brad Gillies finished the run in transition. Jamieson was a huge part of the Knighthawks’ offensive success on the night, finishing with seven points (3+4) to lead all scorers.

 

Rochester held an 8-5 lead with just over four minutes left in the half when Jerome Thompson scored his lone goal of the night to stop the run. The game turned into a seesaw affair as neither team could string together more than two goals at a time the rest of the way. It seemed every time the Rush scratched their way back within one, the Knighthawks had an answer to keep the lead. That is, until late in the fourth when Rochester scored four straight to ice the game.

 

“We started well,” Keenan said. “Then we just couldn’t get another run after that. We’d get within one numerous times, and we just couldn’t get a stop, get a defensive stop at the other end. Then we started making some mistakes and pushing things too hard, trying to do too much.”

 

Yet even with Rochester riding high after two straight wins and offensive explosions, they know just how quickly it can collapse. They have already experienced that after being the toast of the league after winning their first two games of the season. Then came the losing streak. Make no mistake, the Knighthawks are not getting ahead of themselves.

 

“It’s a roller coaster,” Hasen said. “We were on the wrong side of that big, steep hill. See if we’ll start climbing out of it. . . It’s four. We’ve still got two wins on the wrong side of .500. So we’ve got a long way to go.”

 

Rochester heads down the I-90 to renew the Thruway rivalry with the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday, February 24 with the season series tied at one game a piece. Sasketchewan returns home to play host to the Calgary Roughnecks that same Saturday.

 

Three stars as voted by the media:

 

  1. Cody Jamieson
  2. Austin Shanks
  3. Mark Matthews
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